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#BornFree: 'Elections expose the selfishness of politicians'

Published Apr 24, 2019


Born-free - noun a member of a generation born in a country after its transition to democracy, in particular, post-apartheid South Africa - Oxford Dictionary.

South Africa will hold its sixth national and provincial elections on May 8. As part of our #Elections2019 coverage, IOL has asked 94 Born Frees for their views on the upcoming elections. Will they be voting? Who influences who they vote for, if anybody? What issue would most affect their decision on who to vote for?

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While never having endured the brutality of apartheid, the Born Frees face their own struggles, including high unemployment, access to education and issues around identity.

Watch as we speak to Ipeleng Brodie from the University of the Western Cape.

Ipeleng says elections expose the selfishness of politicians. "Prior to elections its all about ... 'lets be for the people, lets be on the ground, lets help them' ... but when they're sitting in their offices or talking in Parliament its just more theoretical than practical work."

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