DA LEADER Helen Zille has pinned her strategy to unseat the ruling ANC in 2019 on winning the hearts of "educated" African youths and the success of the Independent Electoral Commission's voter education drives.
Young people dominated the voters register during last year's general elections, with the youth vote pushing the register to more than 23million voters.
Zille told journalists in Sandton on Friday night that the DA planned to wrest control of the Nelson Mandela Metro, Ekurhuleni Metro, Tshwane Metro and Kimberley municipalities from the ANC during next year's local government polls.
She echoed the sentiments of academic and political activist Mamphela Ramphele at the recent conference of the Independent Democrats.
Ramphele had said the IEC had a duty to educate voters about the power of the vote.
Zille said poor voter education in South African could lead to the ruling party looting the country's resources with impunity in the same way Zanu-PF plundered state resources in Zimbabwe.
She said her party's election strategy was frustrated by rural voters who were scared of the ruling party.
"They say the government will take their pensions away."
Zille said the incorporation of voter education in the education system would help voters make better choices.