1 in 4 youths won't vote - study

Young people in the Northern Cape and Gauteng were found to be the least likely to vote.

Young people in the Northern Cape and Gauteng were found to be the least likely to vote. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - An independent political analyst on Thursday said he was not surprised that young South Africans felt despondent ahead of the 2014 general elections.

One in four South African youths will not vote next year, a new survey from Pondering Panda revealed.

At least 31 percent of the 3,000 respondents felt there was no one worth voting for.

Young people in the Northern Cape and Gauteng were found to be the least likely to vote.

Analyst Daniel Silke believes political parties will struggle to get support from young people.

"There's a lack of confidence in leadership in South Africa and to a degree, a lack of confidence in the ability of the existing political parties to install a degree of confidence into that segment of the electorate."

South Africa has over 100 political parties.

Academic Mamphela Ramphele recently launched her political party Agang and will contest the next polls.

Meanwhile, former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is expected to launch a political party soon.

Malema was expelled from the ruling party in 2012.

His political formation the "Economic Freedom Fighters" received backing from controversial businessman and so-called Sushi King Kenny Kunene.