News Brief

Millions of Young South Africans May Not be Voting in the Coming Elections

The Independent Electoral Commission reports that at least 6 million young South Africans are still not registered to vote.

South Africans are set to cast their votes in the coming elections which will be taking place some time in May. The last official opportunity for South Africans to register to vote was on the 26th and 27th of January. However, according to the DailySUN, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has reported that 6 million South Africans under the age of 30 have still not registered to vote.


The CEO of the IEC Sy Mamabolo said:

"The IEC hopes young voters will use the short window of opportunity ahead of the announcement of an election date to register at local IEC offices. Once elections are proclaimed, the election roll will close."

In other words, until President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the exact date of the elections, South Africans still have some time to ensure that they are registered to vote.

South Africans under the age of 35 have historically and on average, had a low voter turnout in past elections. This is in spite of South Africans under the age of 30 having comprised at least 80 percent of the 700 000 new voters who are now on the voting roll.

Sentiments of not wanting to participate in the upcoming elections among the youth have been rife. Political analysts have also cited these elections as possibly being the most contested elections in the history of South Africa's fledgling democracy.

News Brief

Cameroon's LGBT Community is Facing Increasing Persecution

A recent report by Human Rights Watch has highlighted, with tremendous concern, the increasing persecution being faced by the LGBT community in Cameroon.

There are significant concerns over human rights abuses in Cameroon, according to a report shared by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The campaign group has highlighted the rising persecution of members of the Cameroonian LGBT community which have been documented over the past few months. Security forces in the country have been accused of threatening, assaulting and arresting queer individuals.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Toka Hlongwane’s Photo Series ‘Impilo ka Darkie’ Aims to Give an Insight Into Black South Africans’ Experiences

With his latest photo series, 'Impilo ka Darkie', South African photographer Toka Hlongwane offers an imperfect but compelling insight into the lives of the people he has encountered through his travels.