Potchefstroom - Young people need strong leaders who can still
stand for what is good and noble, says a fifth-year student at the University
of North West’s Potchefstroom campus.
Jacques Hugo, who is studying for his second Bachelor of Commerce
degree at the university, feels a different breed of leaders, like former
president Nelson Mandela, were needed.
“I believe if you look at our youth, not just South Africa, but
the entire world, we are in dire need of strong leadership - people who are
willing to take a stance for something and continue with that and to be an
example,” Hugo told News24 earlier this week.
“We have political parties with people that are afraid to take a
stance for something good and noble and to be proud of.”
Speaking about the upcoming local government elections, Hugo said
he wanted leadership through action, not through speeches and rallies.
The country needed strong leadership to take it forward and
currently there were no good examples for the youth to follow.
“Maybe that’s why a lot of people feel the need to express their
frustration through vandalising.”
Hugo was born in Tlokwe but moved to Nelspruit when he was a year
old. After completing his matric, he decided to return to the town to study.
There was space for improvement in the municipality’s basic
service delivery, and Hugo said he would make sure he voted on August 3. Anyone
who did not would be acting irresponsibly, he said.
The town’s problems included a lack of water, potholes, and power
cuts. While students living on campus had generators, those living elsewhere
were not so lucky.
Shortly before he left to join his friends in a common room at the
campus’s student representative council offices, Hugo said: “I once heard a
quote that went something along the lines of 'politicians tell us they can fix
our problems, but many a times it’s them who create the problems in the first
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