Born ‘yawn’ free

I think it’s healthy to have a second opinion on most things. So here’s one on the generation of voters in the last South African national election, who were voting for the first time a few weeks ago and the focus of a lot of media attention. Being born after the end of apartheid, punters asked if the ‘born frees’ would vote for the ANC or if after twenty years in power and without Mandela’s physical presence, the ANC might lose.

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In case you’ve never heard of the term “bornfree”, allow me to briefly explain what it is. As you may already know, South Africa since 1994 transitioned from a system of apartheid to one of majority rule. Citizens born from 1994 onwards are known in this part of the world as the born-free generation or just bornfees.

Now, I don’t mean to undermine the joys that freedom brings to an individual but after a while, all this “bornfree” rhetoric gets a little nauseating. I’ve lived in quite a few countries and nowhere is this whole “bornfree” stuff more hyped than here in South Africa.

Last night I had a drunken debate with some friends about it; among them three South Africans…none of whom were “born free” might I add. There was all this talk about “it’s time for the bornfrees to rise and excite the rainbow nation”…”the struggle heroes see…

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