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Political apathy amongst students: A case study of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Ntsikelelo B. Breakfast, Gavin Bradshaw, Richard Haines
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 5, No 1 | a172 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v5i1.172 | © 2017 Ntsikelelo B. Breakfast, Gavin Bradshaw, Richard Haines | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 May 2017 | Published: 04 September 2017

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Ntsikelelo B. Breakfast, Department of Political Science (Military), Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Gavin Bradshaw, Department of Political and Government Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
Richard Haines, Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa


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Abstract

The primary motivation for this research, in which a qualitative method was employed, was to examine political apathy amongst students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The secondary motivation was to question whether youth political apathy threatens the consolidation of democracy. The researchers arranged four focus groups at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. A purposive sampling technique was utilised. All 50 participants in the study were Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University undergraduate and postgraduate black students, with ages ranging from 21 to 35 years. The researchers encouraged participants to have maximum participation in the focus group deliberations. The researchers also made use of elite interviews in the study. The findings of this study suggest that political apathy does exist amongst students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Most of the participants in the focus groups indicated that young people in post-apartheid South Africa have no interest in politics.

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political apathy amongst students; Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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