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DA Joburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba urges the youth to vote

Capitalist CrusaderHerman Mashaba has written a piece for Daily Maverick about the relevance of the term “democratic deficit” to South African and encouraging the youth to vote in the upcoming local government elections.

Mashaba is the founder of the Black Like Me empire and the author of the bestselling memoir Black Like You and, most recently, Capitalist Crusader: Fighting Poverty Through Economic Growth. In December, Mashaba announced that he was making himself available as a mayoral candidate for the Democratic Alliance for the City of Joburg in 2016.

In the article, Mashaba points out that only 59 percent of young South Africans voted in 2014: ie “Four in 10 young people chose not to vote.”

He continues: “It’s a hard truth to swallow, but, as Thomas Jefferson said; voters – especially those who choose not to vote – get the government they deserve.”

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A few years ago The Economist surmised that “perhaps the most depressing explanation is simply that in many places, young people do not feel that there is anyone worth voting for”. What is certain, though, is that South Africa is afflicted with a democratic deficit that affects our young people worst of all. The democratic deficit is a political science term coined to explain the gap between European citizens and the institutions of the European Union. The term applies so perfectly to South Africa because there is an ever bigger and increasing gap here between the potential electoral voting bloc and the democratic institutions that are voted for. Its roots lie in a government that abuses the trust of its voters, yet still appeals to them along divided lines, with little to offer.

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