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The mandate given through the ballot box should not be used for personal aggrandisement By Kennedy Mapesa Mandaza The local government elections recently held elections in South Africa had drama and lots of lessons for the liberation movements in the region. As has become the nature of elections in the world, regardless of development stage, there were allegations of election rigging, political party agents not signing documents alleging that the counting was improper, recounting of ballots as well as political and service delivery protests. These events, however, did not change the course of the election. While there was talk of many youths having registered to vote, only about 46% of the registered voters casted their votes. This shows an almost 10% decline from the previous elections. This trend of voter apathy is not unique to South Africa.