Youth protest and the 2014 national elections: The case of Zamdela Sasolberg

Show simple item record Rampedi, Mahlatse 2019-06-12T12:54:05Z 2019-06-12T12:54:05Z 2017-10
dc.identifier.citation DHET en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-4700
dc.description.abstract There is a general perception that youth are apathetic to local politics and national elections. At the same time, young people are often at the forefront of protest. Both electoral politics and protest are forms of political participation; however, the relationship between the two is under-explored. In Zamdela, young people were politicised by two events: the January 2013 protest, and the formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in mid-2014. In addition, many youth are simply conflicted by the lack of service delivery by the ruling party and the lack of viable alternatives in elections. Using qualitative data, this article traces and thematically analyses the political attitudes of youth in Zamdela between the demarcation protest of January 2013 and the May 2014 national elections. Quantitatively, the article provides practical data describing the way in which young people engaged with the 2014 national elections, given the fluctuating perspectives throughout 2013 and 2014. Against this background the article analyses the notion of youth apathy towards politics and elections, as well as Booysen’s (2007) ‘ballot and the brick’ analysis of political engagement, protest and elections. The article demonstrates that a high proportion of young people are politically aware, participated in the protest, voted in elections, and evinced an increased likelihood of voting for parties other than the ANC. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Youth - South Africa - Political activity en_ZA
dc.subject Political participation - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa - Politics and government - 21st century en_ZA
dc.subject Elections - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject African National Congress en_ZA
dc.subject Economic Freedom Fighters en_ZA
dc.title Youth protest and the 2014 national elections: The case of Zamdela Sasolberg en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 16 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Journal of African elections en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CW2019 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.20940/JAE/2017/V16I2A6 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 149 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 2 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 129 en_ZA en_ZA

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