‘Stop blaming apartheid’

2014-11-14 00:00

PREMIER Senzo Mchunu yesterday warned the youth against squandering opportunities being presented to them and then blaming their failures on apartheid.

Addressing members of the provincial legislature yesterday, Mchunu said many challenges faced the youth today, but they could not pretend there were no opportunities open to them.

“The youth today should not pretend that they face a similar situation to what we did … while they waste time with whoonga and cutting school,” the premier said.

Mchunu was responding to comment and questions from MPLs during a debate on the youth parliament.

DA MPL Mbali Ntuli said it was unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of young people are condemned to a life of poverty and wandering the streets.

“There is a challenge that pupils in the province go to school without transport, they go to classes that might not have windows and the teachers might not be there,” she said.

Ntuli challenged Mchunu to turn FET colleges into skills centre from which the youth would benefit.

NFP MPL H Khuzwayo said the government should pay particular attention to the issue of education.

“The NFP supports the resolution taken in the youth parliament that the minimum requirement to pass in schools should be raised to 50% to bring it in line with institutions of higher learning.

“One of the main reasons for youth unemployment is the shortage of skills among young people. One of the plans which could address this is the youth wage subsidy,” Khuzwayo said.

The premier said that his government had introduced a youth directorate in the Premier’s Offices that would be responsible for tackling youth issues, identifying talent and helping in promoting the development of scarce skills among the youth.

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