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Voter turnout is complex, particularly in these elections, amid a pandemic and a poll hastily organised by the Electoral Commission of SA. But the low voter turnout this year is neither new, nor surprising. It mirrors a trend which began in 2009.

The Midpoint Paper Series published a study by researcher Collette Schulz-Herzenberg in December, titled “The SA Non-Voter: An Analysis”, looking at voter apathy. ..

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