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28 January 2013

Analysis: ANC risks losing ‘born free’ voters

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

When Nelson Mandela and his ANC party dreamed of South Africa’s future after apartheid, they probably imagined someone like Fulufhelo Davhana, a young black who has seen the doors of opportunity opened wide and is destined for achievement.

But Davhana, a 23-year-old accounting student at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus, is dreaming of a future when the African National Congress elders who ended white minority rule no longer call the shots.

“Our current leaders don’t understand about the ‘born free’ generation because they are still stuck in the past,” he said.

These South Africans, who were born after apartheid ended in 1994 and have lived only under democracy, can vote for the first time in presidential elections next year and could begin reshaping politics in Africa’s largest economy.

Source: Times Live

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