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Focus on youth issues is distorted: Expert

Party manifestos and campaigns have not focused on issues affecting the youth in South Africa. This is the view of a researcher in Political Science at Monash South Africa, Busisiwe Khaba.

Speaking on PM Live ahead of local government elections, Khaba says the focus on youth issues is somewhat distorted, “It is often generalised to narrow it to unemployment and issues of education. I think being a youth is very broad and there are other challenges youth of South Africa are facing today, crime being one of the biggest and abuse against women.”

However, Khaba adds that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has made mention of youth issues in their manifestos and campaign and they are resonating well with the youth of the country.

Almost 80% of 26.2 million South Africans registered to vote in the upcoming 2016 Municipal Elections are under the age of 30, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

The commission announced the voter registration turnout, noting that the nation’s youth for responded positively to the call to register. The total number of registered voters makes up 77% of the South African population eligible to vote.

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