Ariane de Lannoy spoke to Azania Mosaka on Power FM about the youth’s participation in democracy. De Lannoy is a senior researcher at the Children’s Institute and the author of After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa.
“I think a lot of young people are fairly doubtful about this process of democratisation,” De Lannoy said, adding that young people in their late or even early twenties will have some memory of the past and they know how high those hopes were for a different kind of life. De Lannoy believes there is a strong disconnect between what young people are trying to say – “but our lives haven’t changed” – and what the politicians are hearing.
Mosaka asked De Lannoy about the ANC’s tendency to try to engage young voters by reminding them of the past. “It makes no difference for young people to keep on pointing back to the past,” De Lannoy said, “they are grateful for that but what is going to change right now?”
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