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Vol 50 No 7

Published 3rd April 2009

South Africa

The electors: a changing landscape

Born-frees: This is the generation that has grown up in the 19 years since Nelson Mandela walked out of gaol and the African National Congress was unbanned – and the 15 years since South Africa’s first post-apartheid elections. Almost six million South Africans under the age of 29 are registered to vote. There are two groups of ‘born-frees’: the ‘mall generation’ of the more educated and the better off, who often support Mvume Dandala and the Congress of the People (COPE), and the unemployed – those in the townships and squatter camps are more likely to vote for Jacob Zuma and the ANC.

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