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?
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 University of the Western Cape student Batumelo Papane.
Batumelo says: "I've always had a problem with domestic politics especially in South Africa, because I've always thought that it is a bit of a chess game. In chess you have the kings and queens ...and it always felt like a game of pawns. Because at the end of the day what happens is that there are people or companies or something influencing political decisions made within South Africa."