In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of voting, the DDP used edutainment, such as street theatre to make the public aware of their role in voting, but also to engage with the people to gather their perceptions, and attitudes about voting.
The DDP with the aid of the theatre group, Umlandisi, took to the Durban streets in December of last year and performed sections from this organisation’s voter educational manual – Democracy and You, to the public. These performances, of which were about 20 minutes long, allowed the message of voter education to be channelled directly to the people, but also allowing for questions to be answered.
An important trend that emerged was that people have lost their trust in politicians, but at the same time still believe that it is their right to vote.
The DDP will continue hosting different voter education through different platforms, be it theatre, radio talk shows, dialogues or workshops.