Parties set their sights on securing youth vote

ANC campaign head Nomvula Mokonyane has stressed the importance of young people voting.

Thousands of ANC supporters filled the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on 31 July for the party's final rally ahead of the upcoming local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien

CAPE TOWN - Parties have set their sights on securing the youth vote.

African National Congress (ANC) campaign head Nomvula Mokonyane has stressed the importance of young people voting.

"It is within their own rights that young as they are, unlike the youth of 1976, they participate in deciding who has the democratic right to lead their ward and to govern the municipality."

A survey published yesterday by the Human Sciences Research Council showed young people were more concerned with protesting for quality education and job creation than participating in the upcoming elections.

Researcher Tyanai Mesiya says: "We also noted that in general, the youth do not vote. About half the youth that were interviewed actually had not voted in the last elections and that trend is likely to continue."