SA unemployment starts a vicious cycle

2015-06-17 06:00
Wageng Mekwa – Social Observer

Wageng Mekwa – Social Observer

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UNEMPLOYMENT in South Africa has detrimental effects on the morale of the youth.

It directly affects their behaviour and way of living.

The youth are inexperienced in dealing with the hardship facing them due to unemployment.

As such, they end up engaging in alcohol and drug abuse, crime and unresponsible sexual activities.

Unfortunately, the behaviour causes even more social problems. Many end up living caught up in a vicious cycle, having illegitimate children, being infected with chronic diseases, suffering drug addiction, being involved in crime and dropping out of educational institutions.

Illegitimate children and ill-health do not only become the problem of the parents of those not cared for and not well looked after.

These become a burden to the government, which spends large amounts of mony on social grants and expenses of state-free medical treatment for the ill and those suffering from chronic illness.

The money could be spent wisely for other purposes, which include job creation to enable people to positively change their lives.

As for the numbers of those involved in crime – this results in the overcrowding of prisons and create a challenge for the state to provide food, accommodation and rehabilitation programmes.

The situation could have been avoided if entitlement to privileges and rights had been addressed.

Rights and privileges have made it difficult for all – even for teachers to teach at schools, because the youth do not cooperate.

Such members of the youth sadly do not fit into the modern labour market, because they do not have qualifications and are not trainable to be suited to the job market.

Above all, youth with bad behaviour and drug addiction become a problem to their parents, and often abuse and assault their parents.

Parents cannot afford to pay for rehabilitation programmes, because such treatment requires special institutions with special skills.

If their problem is unresolved, affected youth become misfits in society.

The point is: Youth must realise they have an important role to play in society and should not allow themselves to be led astray.

Society seems not to understand why crime is so prevalent and why the youth resort to it as a means of survival.

The youth feel a sense of belonging by being part of gangs, while feeling rejected by the society which should embrace them.

Many social problems are due to the unemployment for which the government of the day must shoulder the blame.

Unemployment has bred violent crime, of which gangsterism is only one worrying symptom.

It is no longer safe to walk in the streets in certain areas and at certain times in Thabong, due to gangs.

These are mainly made up of unemployed youth.

It has become rather normal to hear someone mention that a body has been found, but that no one knows who the killer(s) of the victim was.

It is normal to see the bodies of unknown people being loaded into police vans every weekend.

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