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Youth ‘disillusioned’ towards politics: DA

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Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. File photo: Cindy Waxa

Johannesburg - Youth in South Africa had grown “disillusioned” to politics after 1994, DA leader Helen Zille said on Saturday.

“...After 1994... a rising disenchantment with the ANC began to set in across the country and the youth of South Africa began to grow disillusioned with politics,” she said at the party's youth electuive conference in Johannesburg.

“I have often tried to understand why this happened. Perhaps the attainment of the franchise and the right of every South African over the age of 18 to vote was regarded as an end in itself.”

She said this was a crucial milestone, and the struggle for democracy and freedom was never finally won.

Zille pointed out the party's plans to reclaim its role in the history of the liberation struggle.

“We are in the middle of a massive campaign to tell South Africa the truth about who we are, what role we played in the struggle for freedom and democracy.”

The party's campaign was critised recently after the DA released a pamphlet showing former president Nelson Mandela and late activist Helen Suzman embracing, with the wording: “We played our part in opposing apartheid”.

This was part of the “Know your DA campaign”.

The African National Congress expressed anger at the pamphlet saying neither Mandela nor Suzman were ever members of the DA. - Sapa


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