Less than 4 million youths registered to vote

Zuma says less than four million young people have registered to vote in next year's election.

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JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says less than four million young people have registered to vote in next year's election and has called on the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) to embark on a registration drive ahead of the polls next year.

Zuma delivered a keynote address at the league's 69th birthday celebrations in Polokwane on Sunday where the body's national task team said it would prioritize education as the mechanism for achieving economic freedom.

Jacob Zuma told about 20,000 people here that the ANCYL remains the biggest representative of young people in South Africa.

"And it continues to be in control in every epoch, in every decade. The youth league of the ANC has taken control of the situation."

He said it's up to the youth league to register new voters ahead of the elections, especially young people that were born after the dawn of democracy.

Zuma said the ruling party is confident about its victory in next year's polls, but it's up to the league to secure resounding majority with the vote.