As 8 May 2019 looms, young people - first or perhaps second time voters and some ‘stayaways’ - will be wooed by a range of parties looking for these vital votes.
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Election years are notably different. Ordinary people suddenly have the ear of government, you are actively courted by political parties and are on the receiving end of myriad promises, some of which have waiting periods from one election year to the next.
Recent days have witnessed tensions at an Eldorado Park Secondary School and new ones at primary schools in Schweizer-Reneke and in Matatiele.
If national elections do take place in the second quarter of 2019 as predicted, might the electorate be asking political parties to account for performance in the preceding period, in addition to inquiring about pending plans and proposals captured in a manifesto for post-election implementation?