20 years after freedom and the youth
A 20 year old person we call them a young adult. This person, if not somehow handicapped, should be able to do most of the things for themselves and more or less independent. We basically look to them as adults.
They could be having a kid by this time and should be finished with school except if they are dunderheads and failed classes. But we take it for granted we speaking about a normal person who is a given they finished school, should more or less be working on their future studying at tertiary or in a job market working to support their lives…We talking a fully grown person here…20 in years.
We have 20 years in democratic dispensation. Using the analogy above, clearly we have a handicapped person here in relation to what we expect should have happened by now regarding youth issues. You can check all June 16 documents and articles; the same theme-unemployment, aids, drug abuse, early pregnancy, lack of skills development, yada yada yada yada…I bet, a decade to come we should still be parroting the same themes regarding the youth of this country.
You know what makes me want to go to the toilet, is that this freedom was brought about by the youth. They youth of this country ran the streets risking bullets and tear gas fighting for their freedom. Next thing the same youth that faced the brutal force of the apartheid regime unarmed, save for the stones, today are like they do not exist or matter.
We have old people in government talking old subjects that are far removed from the youth. The youth are just an extra in their issues. An appendix. Not even a subject. Something that they speak about in passing. Never deliberating about. But they are what they are thanks to the very same youth they don’t take serious.
You will see them speak like youth matter going to June 16 executing business of the day. After that, they will speak about them again next year…in the same way.
When people that fought for freedom are mentioned and acknowledged, you will hear about Mandela, Hani, Zuma, Mbeki, Sisulu…etc etc…mainly the anc stalwarts…but anyone will tell you, during the eighties, when the fight for freedom was in their height. None of those people were running the streets…THEY YOUTH OF THIS COUNTRY WERE THE ONES RUNNING THE STREETS MAKING THIS COUNTRY UNGOVERNABLE!
I will not speak about unemployment, aids, youth pregnancy and all such repeatition..My message is that this government begin to take our young people serious, needless to say they are the future of this country. Today we have a ministry of women and also now of small businesses. I thought we would have a ministry of the youth, earnestly taking youth issues by the horns. This goes to show how our government doesn’t take our youth serious, and watch…they say this is a ticking time bomb that they sit on. A matter of time before they regret taking the youth as hitch hikers in their bus of important factors…A MATTER OF TIME.