National service mooted

2010-05-04 15:16

kalahari.com

  • Good to Great
    Make the leap from good to great with this helpful book Was R374.00 Now R187.00
    buy now
Cape Town - The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is considering introducing national service for young South Africans, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Tuesday.

Briefing the media at Parliament ahead of her budget debate in the National Assembly, she emphasised it would be voluntary, and not compulsory as in the apartheid era.

"It will not be conscripted, so we're not going conscription, but we want to offer the country what we believe the defence force is capable of doing."

"We're very aware of the emotive issue of national service, that is why we are underlining that it is not a conscription."

Angry youths

"But if you look at the defence force of any country, then you'll understand. Here is enormous capacity of building a disciplined people, of building a purposeful people, of providing skills that are free, that are not determined by the social class that you come from and we intend to utilise that," she said.

"If you look at the footage on television on any good day and you're watching a service delivery protest, you don't see elderly ladies or middle-aged people there. You see a very angry youth with a great deal of energy."

"I don't think our country, with the potential that it has and the history we've had, can afford to have an angry youth on our streets."

"The unemployed with no hope, no prospects that their lives will get any better; and if we can harness this energy and turn it for good, like all other countries use their defence force for, I think that we will benefit," Sisulu said.

The department was looking at how national service could become a "seamless part" of the education system between basic education, tertiary education and vocational training.

Discipline

"We would like to have a period in which we take your children and give them a bit of discipline."

"The biggest problem we have in this country is the discipline we have in our youth."

"If your children are well-disciplined, congratulations. But this seems to be a national phenomenon and we've got to do something about it," she said.

"We are a very young country; we're leaving this country that we've worked so hard for in the hands of these people, and there's absolutely no harm in giving them the responsibility, the orientation, and the patriotism that is required to take this country that has achieved so much, forward."

"It will not be compulsory, but we would like to ensure that everybody takes advantage of this particular infrastructure."

"We have the infrastructure to build on what it is that we are promising."

Consensus

It would take time, because funds would be required and some of the infrastructure would have to be revitalised.

Because the proposal would require funding and the SANDF restructuring to cater for national service, legislative changes would be necessary to give it the force of a mandate.

Asked about the time-frame, Sisulu said it depended on how society at large felt about the idea.

If the response was positive, the process would be faster, but the idea was to seek consensus on the matter.

It was hoped that the necessary legislative changes would be passed within a year, but it would take time to prepare the infrastructure required, so it would take about two years at the outer limit, she said.
- SAPA
Read more on:    lindiwe sisulu  |  education  |  military
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/Books
 

Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!

Printed sheets of flexible solar cells can mean your electronic devices can soon be charged with the use of renewable energy.

 
 

For chic geeks...

Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents
This lock means keys are something of the past!
7 things you didn't know about Apple

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

As the Moon moves out of restless Gemini into sensitive Cancer today you are able to relax your active mind and be more receptive...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.