Young people need the encouragement of society to engage in politics
Government, political parties can assist youth to contest elections
Young people constitute a critical demography in SA. However, their influence on national politics remains limited. There is a sense that traditional politics and representative democracy fail to attract their attention despite young people having been at the forefront of bringing about a social and political transformation in pre- and post-democracy eras.
Yet in the past two decades, young people have been reduced to recipients of decisions rather than shapers of decisions...