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#BornFree: 'The biggest problem affecting us right now is unemployment'

Published Apr 30, 2019



- 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 23-year-old student Leighton Jacobs.

"The biggest problem affecting us right now is the unemployment rate. There is no opportunity for students that have Grade 10 and even the ones that have Grade 12 are jobless. If you put it all together how do I as an umployed person survive on no wages at all or if I do work, on minimum wage?" Leighton asks.

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