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Addressing Stance of SA youth in politics.

27 May 2014, 15:20

I have a read a few articles on President Zuma's new Cabinet, the criticism and praise from the opposition as well as members of  the ruling party so I thought let me throw in something as well.

As a young South African I always seek to argue the cause of our youth. Because I understand the significance of the role the youth played in the liberation struggle. the events of 16 June 1976 is a reminder of the sacrifices young man and women in  South Africa made to get the democracy we are now living in for the past 20 years. it was young men and women, who braved the brutality of the apartheid police to give voice to the oppressed. they were in the fore lines during strikes, they accepted death as a means to give voice to their problems. they suffered dearly to ensure our democracy.

What bothers me in 20 years after the end of apartheid, the youth are continuously,  disappointingly excluded from government. Youth development is not seen as an important aspect of development in SA-if this was the case than I believe by now, a ministry to address this would have been introduces.

I understand that the Ministry in the Presidency are responsible to some extent, but I do believe that the youth in this country can form the backbone of socio-economic development. the needs and the Responsibility that the ANC has towards the youth, requires a more hands-on approach from leadership in promoting youth development.

They suffered dearly, many lost their lives for the cause in hope that those left behind and that future generations could have a better life.

I would than call on the president and his Ministers to not forget the South African youth. do not exclude us as is the case now in governmental decisions, get us involved in the management of local governments, consult us on any form of policies which might affect us. After-all you owe us that much.

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