DA youth stage walk out

By Drum Digital
22 June 2012

The DA Youth and several other youth representatives walked out of a sitting of the Youth Parliament on Thursday and would not sign the 2012 Declaration.

"This was owing to the gross politicisation of the sitting which saw non-ANC aligned youth prevented from airing their views," DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said.

The declaration was meant to be a joint statement from all representative bodies within the Youth Parliament expressing the outcomes of the day's deliberations.

He said the "politicisation" began when the Deputy Speaker spoke against the youth wage subsidy in her opening speech, despite it being a government policy.

DA Youth representatives were then denied the opportunity to reply.

Gana said points of order were constantly ignored, leading to deliberations becoming chaotic. Women representatives were not given an equal chance to speak, and none of the listed speakers were present.

"The entire day ran behind schedule, forcing delegates from outside Cape Town to leave before proceedings had finished," he said.

Gana said the Youth Parliament became a wasted opportunity for South Africa's youth to debate constructively, and the institution's representative credibility was undermined.

ANC Youth League spokeswoman Magdalene Moonsamy was not immediately available for comment.

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