13 November 2013
The IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB) wishes to thank
all South Africans, particularly the youth, who came out in
their numbers over the past weekend to register to vote in the
2014 National and Provincial Elections.
IFPYB Chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa, said;
“Whilst we are encouraged by the reported number of people who
either went to check their registration status or to register
for the first time, we remain concerned about the 18 to 19 year
old age group which seems to be dragging their feet in
registering to vote. We would truly like to urge young people to
be part of the country’s democratic processes by registering to
Hlengwa was speaking during a two day working
visit to Bergville and Ladysmith in the uThukela District, where
he has been conducting door-to-door and meet and greet campaigns
in order to encourage youth to register to vote.
“The message of encouraging young people to
register to vote needs to be communicated daily as we cannot
afford to have a generation of young South Africans who are
apathetic about becoming part of the democratic process,” he added.
“Whilst the frustration of the youth, due to
high unemployment, inequality, poverty and a generally
collapsing state and a failing government is understandable, we
must not allow complacency to find expression in our lives. We
should rather use the democratic process to bring the much
needed change. Use your vote as your voice,” Hlengwa encouraged.
“The 2014 general elections are a make or
break factor for South Africa’s future. Besides the 1994
elections, never have elections been as important as the 2014
elections. I plead with the youth of our country not to take
these elections lightly. We are challenged by the past and are
compelled by our future to change the status quo of joblessness,
hopelessness, corruption and shoddy governance. The first step
is to register to vote,” he concluded.
For further information, kindly contact:
MKHULEKO HLENGWA MP
IFPYB National Chairperson