South African Party Leader Urges Youth to Register for 2024 Elections
14:05 22.10.2023 (Updated: 15:17 22.10.2023)
South Africa's next general election will be held in 2024, and the outcome will determine not only the composition of the lower house and government, but also the nation's president.
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has appealed to South Africa's youth to register to vote in the forthcoming 2024 elections, saying it will play a large part in shaping the future they want.
Addressing supporters in the small farming town of Breyten in Mpumalanga province, where the EFF recently won a by-election, Malema advised those present to reject romantic proposals from people who had not registered to vote.
"I am here to say to you if you come across a young person, as a youth - woman or boy - and this person says he wants to marry you, or if you are already dating, don't date a person who is not registered to vote," Malema said.
"Where are the men and women of this country? No one is going to come from overseas to come save you. 2024 is our 1994," he added.
At the meeting, Malema also called on youth to stop abusing alcohol, describing it as one of society's problems, and urged people
to express their political will peacefully.
"You can burn as many tires as you want. The next day after burning those tires on the road, the mayor will still be a mayor. Stop wasting your time, and go and vote," he remarked.
According to the results of the last election in 2019, the EFF is the third-largest party in the South African National Assembly, behind the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the opposition Democratic Alliance.
Under the present constitution, the leader of the party with the largest number of seats in the lower house of parliament in a general election becomes president of South Africa.
Since the advent of democratic South Africa in 1994, the ANC
has consistently won general elections, won a majority in the lower house of parliament, and formed the government. The ANC leader has also served as head of state.