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The count is in… only 47% of SA voted, but where’s the good in that?

“South Africans are saying that the time for political parties making promises is coming to an end – the country now wants action and tangible results,” writes Brent Lindeque in GoodThingsGuy citing the latest data insights from Citizen Surveys. Strategic Research Director, Reza Omar, says,...

Kleiner partye kry bewyse vir kieshof

Jacob Rooi writes how, according to the latest South African Citizens Survey (SACS) data, just under 17.7-million votes were cast in the election, indicating that an approximate 18.2-million South African adults abstained from the election altogether. Of these adults, just over 9.1-million didn’t register to...

Editorial: Restore trust in the system

There are 35 million South Africans who were eligible to vote in the elections last week. Only 26 million bothered to register to vote. Of that number, only 17 million actually voted on Wednesday. In percentage terms, 65% of the registered voters cast their ballot. In 2014...

Empty promises, unmotivated youth contributed to poor voter turnout

The 2019 general elections recorded the lowest voter turnout since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. In this year’s elections, the registered South African voter population came in at 26 779 025, a 5.47% increase from 2014. However, the actual voter turnout this year was...

Reza Omar live on eNCA #SAelections2019

Reza Omar was live from the IEC Western Cape Results Centre on the 9 and 10 May 2019 with eNCA to speak to the 17% of undecided voters in the Western Cape. #SAElections2019 Watch all five interviews here: First Interview: https://vimeo.com/337464969 Second Interview: https://vimeo.com/337465299 Third Interview: https://vimeo.com/337466586 Fourth Interview: https://vimeo.com/337467018 Fifth Interview: https://vimeo.com/337468251  ...

Apathy keeps youth away from ballot boxes

The main reason registered young people will not be voting is because they are unemployed and unmotivated, a study found.   A recent article by Gcina Ntsaluba shows that approximately 1.7-million young South Africans who are eligible to vote will not be participating in the polls today,...

Failure to win over youth voters could put SA economy at risk

Some 8m youth voters are either unregistered or registered, but unlikely to vote and 700,000 voters are undecided, given their economic concerns. Corruption and expectations that the economy will not improve post-election are keeping the youth on the fence, while undecided voters cite unemployment as...

Young South Africans Chafe Under the Party Mandela Built

Millions of young black voters born after the end of apartheid have known little but poverty and marginalization following years of ANC governance   ALEXANDRA, South Africa—A quarter-century after Nelson Mandela became this nation’s first black president, his African National Congress is struggling to overcome skepticism from...