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Government has failed the youth - Zille

2012-06-16 12:36

Johannesburg - Government has failed to respond to the youth unemployment crisis in South Africa, Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Saturday.

"[This] can lead to a life of crime, and a lack of care about one’s future well-being," she said in a speech prepared for delivery at a Youth Day function in Soweto.

She said unemployment contributed to a loss of hope and a breakdown of individual lives, families and communities.

Zille was concerned that nearly half of the country's population under 25-years-old was unemployed.

She said there was the risk of stigmatising millions of young people and creating new stereotypes.

"We need to watch our words and thoughts, by ascribing dignity to our fellow citizens who face this lonely personal tragedy... A person should never be reduced to a statistic."

Empathy

Zille said President Jacob Zuma was incapable of leading or feeling the pain of others.

"We have a president who simply seems unable to understand the lives others lead. Empathy for the other, we know, is the beginning of the sincerest kind of reconciliation."

She said Zuma's failure to speak out against hate crime, following the murder of a gay man in the Northern Cape last week, was as "reprehensible" as those who committed the crime.

The opposition leader saluted the bravery shown by those who fought against the apartheid government on June 16, 1976.

"...The memory of the courage of those students on that fateful day remains with us still."

Zille was encouraged that three in four young South Africans, according to a study by the Gordon Institute of Business Science, believed South Africa was a good place to have a career.

"It conveys the hope of the 'born free' generation: the new generation who were born since 1994."

Comments
  • lownabester - 2012-06-16 12:45

    Zille the only Lady with guts to take on this corrupt goverment, Tell them Helen, You are so right.

  • braamc - 2012-06-16 12:53

    All because or their criminal, thieving, incompetent leadership. Viva Helen. Vote DA!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-16 12:59

    Yes the anc have badly let the youth down. SHOCKING LEVELS OF INFERIOR EDUCATION FEW INCENTIVES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE QUALIFIED WELL...(MOST LEAVE AND FIND JOBS OVERSEAS) NO IMPROVEMENT ON LABOUR LAWS..IN ORDER TO GET INVESTMENT HERE.. AND LOCAL BUSINESS TO BE ABLE TO EMPLOY THE YOUTH. QUESTION....WOULD YOU BE MOTIVATED IF AT HIGH SCHOOL...TO DO WELL AND GET HIGH GRADES...IF YOU KNEW HOW SMALL YOUR CHANCES WERE OF FINDING A JOB IN THIS COUNTRY?

  • Motlatsi Mabaso - 2012-06-16 13:22

    Excessive youth unemployment is not unique to South Afrika. Many countries are facing the same problem, first world countries like the UK and others in Europe. these are tough financial times and it's convenient for opposition in SA and elsewhere to use adverse economic conditions as political tools...

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-16 13:50

      @Motlatsi there is a R9 BILLION fund waiting to subsidise youth employment, but Cosatu is blocking it, and the ANC, as is usual nowadays, is DITHERING, as they are scared to upset ANYBODY in the Tri-Partite Alliance before December......

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-16 21:44

      Zilla and the DA even marched to COSATU head offices to try and convince them to use the Youth Subsidy money which has been laying unused since 2010 to create 430,000 jobs. Cosatu is blocking the ANC from using this money to create jobs for the youth because they are afraid of not gaining these youths membership fees. We need plenty of artisans and thousand of nurses, instructers in all sorts of ways. If anyone is to blame, aim it at Cosatu.. they are the stumbling block causing more poverty by the day. One other thing.. Helen Zilla was a frontline fighter with Helen Suzman in the anti apartheid era. She was at one stage put under house arrest by the apartheid government for her outspoken opposition to the apartheid system. She did as much, and perhaps more than most to fight the system, so please, give credit where credit is due and stop making these idiotic and ill-advised comments..She, at the moment, is our only hope to save this country from a disaster. Think long and hard before you make your cross nextime

      pws69 - 2012-06-17 09:43

      @Motlatsi, Tough economic times on Europe and USA are actually an opportunity for developing countries. We fail to seize the opportunity. It might also be worth noting that through these tough economic times only the DA run WC and DA run Midvaal showed POSITIVE employment growth. That is the difference between ANC policy and execution, and DA policy and execution.

      Vicker - 2012-06-18 12:37

      @Motlatsi - why make excuses for opportunities not taken? SA was (is?) well placed to take advantage of huge potential growth - but Gumment has forced employer-unfriendly legislation on the private sector to such an extent that no-one wants to hire any more. How come Mozambique shows 7%+ growth (17% in Maputo province alone)? SA has far superior skills, infrastructure and financial support than they have, yet we are barely managing 3% growth (and dropping)? Hint: Mozambique is moving towards protecting foreign investment and associated assets - look at the newly discovered gas fields in the Rovuma Basin. SA on the other hand has been entertaining the notion of nationalisation of almost everything. Instead of SA adopting the attitude of accepting that these are tough times and everyone is struggling so we must just scrape along etc etc, why did we not capitalise on the opportunities that arose? Why are we scaring investors away? Why are we fiddling with food security? Why are we attacking capitalists for chasing profits? Why are we taking a negative approach to private property ownership? Our failure is so much sadder, as it is the result not of economic meltdown or "factors outside our control", but is due to corruption and incompetence, both of which are "fixable". How much better off would SA have been if all those Billions of Rands had not gone unaccounted for since the ANC started governing????

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-06-16 13:23

    why should they be given jobs? go out and get one for yourself.

      sipho.mashabala - 2012-06-16 14:20

      Jimmy my good man! You have your head screwed on properly! They must make use of the opportunities given to them not waste time burning things and digging holes!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-16 14:21

      Where, exactly? There are 100 employees at my work place, and every single morning we have a queue of about 30 people looking for work. That's 30 people who left home at 3.30 in the morning and walked all the way to Durbans harbour. Not lazy, not giving up hope. We used to allocate 1 ton of pre-packed stock (sugar beans and rice) every week. Each person got a 1kg parcel so they would have something to eat. We had to stop when people came for the free hand-outs instead. Nothing we can do in this lifetime can magically increase the need for workers. Booming population, businesses shutting down, monopoly controls of markets by large companies, technological and engineering advancements cutting down costs and need for workers... Not just here, but around the world.

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-06-16 14:23

      entrepeneurship at what cost? how can they guarantee that retrenchments won't happen to make way for subsidised labour, thus increasing profit? there is so much room for exploitation here. it is still not going to solve the unemployment issue, only flood the marketplace with semiskilled masses competing for very few jobs. i can only imagine what will happen when the 'trained/skilled' masses demand better/management positions. as an employer of one of these 'supported' e-ships, what recourse in terms of labour law do i have when things go wrong? can i fire the individual who does not perform or must hold their hand and just give them what they want? why cant the youth show initiative and negotiate these e-ships themselves? because they are lazy.

  • Vusi Mthethwa - 2012-06-16 13:30

    No human being is stupid black or white,if u say some 1 is stupid u mean God him self is stupid.@ dis point our govt is trying by it best,from where da country is coming from,things were not like dis.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-16 13:55

      @Vusi my brudda...check you...lekka day hey? - Loook, naaw, trubble is I fink....hic....dis place is all displaced...specullay naauw that we aaar all togedder? Like a dop?

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-16 14:02

      Vusi but your comments are stupid.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-16 14:15

      DON'T give that man another Bell's.

      jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-06-16 14:25

      vusi, where's your god in amongst the violence and hatred in this country?

      shaylene.stenger - 2012-06-16 14:36

      @vusi Crime is high, goverment hospitals are in a shocking condition, we need more schools, education is pathetic, service delivery is bad, our national defence force is non existant, we can't trusts saps, food and petrol keeps rising, unemployment is at its highest ever, the amount of illegal immigrants in our country is shocking and yet you say our goverment is trying its best? How? Our president is so worried about finding another wife to add onto his collection and miss using tax money. Take your blinkers off your eyes and start thinking for yourself. And by the way don't bring God into this,

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 14:55

      vusi, you and the others like you(lerato, mc tyrant, hadebe, toy gun mk ect)You guys should really rather be quiet. you make it very difficult for your fellow black south africans to be taken seriously. you are doing a great disservice to your peopleby spewing your uninformed hatred here. most educated black people are embarrased by you.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-16 15:46

      Sagin....how spot on you are. Some of the statements made by lerato are so not true...I do so wish these folk could make a mission to actually start to read up on South African History....DON'T LISTEN TO FOLK STORIES....they have been so altered ever time they are told...to the point...the story lands up being so far from the original truth.STOP THE COMMENTS UNLESS YOU ARE PRETTY SURE OF YOUR POINT.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-16 18:53

      trying its best, IDIOT, you are a brainwashed sheep

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-16 13:30

    The Madam has spoken! Viva Viva Viva

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-06-16 13:33

    AMEN!

  • B.b. - 2012-06-16 13:55

    Actions speak louder than words Madam. U r the Premier of WC Province, which means that u r a big part of the government of the country. Come up with ideas or programmes that u think will create job opportunities for the youth and present it to the government to exhaust and implement if convenient... Stop talking,,when u talk, u r like the people u r criticizing,,,don't be good at talking, but be good at doing,,,dat's my advice to u...tell us wat u hve done, instead of wat someone has done is u want to be a good leader thank u

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-16 14:24

      She only governs the Western Cape. The ANC won't listen to her plans.

      keith.fincham - 2012-06-16 14:28

      You tool. She has already come up with a programme. The Youth Wage Subsidy. Google it banana. It has been presented to the government who unfortunately are not good at 'doing' anything. When the DA tried to do something for the youth they got stoned by COSATU. I will tell you what she has done however. Won the 'World Mayor Award' in 2008. She is the reason why Cape Town is the only city worth living in SA. Next time make a worthy statement.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-16 14:35

      Do you realy think the arrogant ANC will listen to the DA. You know wery well that the ANC has only one thing in mind and that is to make the WC unruly. Me Zille and the DA can only help if more people vote for them. And anybody that keep on voting for the ANC is not realy interested to improve conditions in SA

  • george.pito - 2012-06-16 14:04

    All I can say to Helen there are less jobs in the Western Cape than any Gauteng. She is just into politics. Lets just get the best people for the job and if it happens to be white you will see the country grow

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-16 21:39

      Zilla and the DA even marched to COSATU head offices to try and convince them to use the Youth Subsidy money which has been laying unused since 2010 to create 430,000 jobs. Cosatu is blocking the ANC from using this money to create jobs for the youth because they are afraid of not gaining these youths membership fees. We need plenty of artisans and thousand of nurses, instructers in all sorts of ways. If anyone is to blame, aim it at Cosatu.. they are the stumbling block causing more poverty by the day. One other thing.. Helen Zilla was frontline fighter with Helen Susman in the anti apartheid ere. She was at one stage under house arrest by the apartheid government for her outspoken opposition to the apartheid system. She did as much, and perhaps more than most to fight the system, so please, give credit where credit is due and stop making these idiotic and ill-advised comments..She, at the moment, is our only hope to save this country from a disaster. Think long and hard before you make your cross nextime

  • Bheki Nas - 2012-06-16 14:16

    come with a plan to empower mzansi's youth..dnt always blame...Madam Zille...

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-16 14:22

      She has plans but, unfortunately, she's not running the country. In her WC government they're already running youth employment programs and have a youth wage subsidy for company's that run public services.

      keith.fincham - 2012-06-16 14:31

      Mathew is right mate. There already are plans. Get with the programme ffs. No wonder why Africa is so far behind.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 15:42

      @Mathew, who r u trying to fool on this lovely day?

      Bheki Nas - 2012-06-16 15:56

      i hope evri youth is happy inda WC...

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-16 21:53

      ..@ Bheki Nas.. There has been a plan..Billions of Rands are laying in the Fiscal to make youths employable and to train them in hundreds of ways. Just Google "Youth Subsidy Scheme" and you'll get a shock. The problem lies with Cosatu who object and ANC government who are to scared to implement the scheme as they might loose Cosatu votes. These are undisputable facts. You dont have to believe me - Google it yourselves.

  • pule.lesego.3 - 2012-06-16 14:21

    So?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-16 14:24

    This country is already in the toilet pot. I'm just waiting for someone to pull the chain. Crime has taken over as our national sport and it's mostly because of unemployment. More than twenty years ago OR Tambo said they're gonna make the country 'ungovernable'. (At the time it was probably the only way out.) Zuma however is still keeping to that promise. (Lack of employment(income) = crime.)

  • Patsy - 2012-06-16 14:37

    'Truer words were never spoken' Well said, Helen Zille

  • ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 14:38

    Zuma this, Zuma that, blablabla, yadayadayda, shut the hell up. Zille you are the biggest fraud of them all. Remember June 16? Where were you? What were you doing except drinkin whiskey in your cozy little office. I know, black sash right? You gonna tell us about black sash, it meant nothing to us then, just as you mean nothing to us now, so shut up, let us commemorate our history without your stupid bickering. You and other fools who will use this day for their political agendas, sies. Kgggggg ph.

      Gavin - 2012-06-16 14:42

      Lol. Well said dude

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 14:51

      Janine, this is the day that we should remember what a divided country's results are, what are the politicians doing today? Bickering, busy dividing the nation, all of these, for their own political agendas, not for u, and certainly not for me. All they care about is VOTE, vote, vote vote. I include this snake called Zille, she's sick and twisted, I see through snaky self. Lol

      Thembi - 2012-06-16 14:55

      Ratsaka wake up and smell the coffee its 2012 stop living in the past its not going to benefit you in any way

      Gavin - 2012-06-16 15:03

      Thembi. You have to know your past to know where you going. Stop trying to white. It doesn't suit you very well

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 15:09

      OMG, another sheep is trying to convince me. Thembi, I was like you, thinking that the past will leave us in peace, that past is scum like Jacob Zuma, and your heroin, Helen Zille. So keep your naïve diagnosis to your willy self. One day you'll be smart enough to realise that life is not all about your degree or your money, it's about where you come from as well. Coconut.

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-06-16 15:50

      Zille exposed Steve Biko's murder - perhaps that slipped your mind. She certainly was in no safe place sipping whisky

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-06-16 18:54

      Fraud, look up the word in the dictionary, you are a sheep!!!! INDLOVU

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-16 22:00

      ..Shame, I'm sure ratsak.eugene has a hell of a tooth ache or perhaps it's aids affecting his common sense.. but to me it sounds as if he has been bitten by one of these rabies dogs.. or even worse.. possibly he picked up mad cow disease.. wonder which one of these it is. But dont worry, his type dont survive very long and then they just fade away in oblivion.

      Adam - 2012-06-17 09:12

      ratsaka.eugene, class of 1997, if that was matric, and you were around in '76, that makes you 28 y.o.in matric.Did you fail EVERY year of school??, or are you mentally challenged, which qualifies you as a perfect anc voter.

      Raymond - 2012-06-18 07:40

      So where was the LEADER of the anc on June 16 this year? Ran away to Mexico. What a bunch of losers.

  • B.b. - 2012-06-16 14:43

    If we have a youth dat is full of wisdom, we would see foreign investors coming in numbers to this country. But just because in this country, someone has come up long ago with a curriculum dat promotes 'Listening and Speaking; Reading and Writing' ignoring 'Thinking and Viewing in order to physically practice'\r\n\r\nI'm a young man of 30 years of age. I'm from a very poor background, where if u want to apply for electricity, u must pay R15000 and more for the electrician. I completed grade 12 in 2001. I have worked for 5years as an ABET Practitioner, receiving R5400 anually. I made necessary savings. I realised that I was going nowhere with this salary package and applied for admission to the University of Zululand,,,everything went well. I studied for a four year degree there. During weekends I used to do promos through wisdom. All that was not part of the scope of my studies, but looking at who I am.\r\n\r\nToday I'm working and receiving a notch of R162000, but still thinking of doing something more, using wat I have. For example, I have bought a building site where I would like to build accomodation for students next to my former institution,,,isn't that wisdom?\r\n\r\nLook at wat our fellow Africans and other people from abroad (I don't want to call them by their original title-Foreigners because I love everyone except for looking at their race) are doing in SA,,,they r making money out the people who claim to poor and have failed by the government.\r\n\r\nPlease when u write about something on the media, consider the fact that we r not all stupid to be decieved by diction. We want to be convienced by actions,,,no more fightings, but working as a unity to market our country to the best of our wellfare\r\n\r\nThank u\r\nBhekithemba Bongumusa Tembe\r\n\r\nE-mail address: bibzah@gmail.com\r\n0721987589 in case u want ideas on how to empower urself as well as the youth at large and the wellness of our country, not political intolerance at the expense of the poor

  • Thembi - 2012-06-16 14:43

    I'm beginning to appreciate this madam and she's got my VOTE I'm joining Mazibuko to make TEA.I'm recruiting my kids,husband,uncles,brothers,grannies to join me with tea making,VIVA DA VIVA

      Bzeng - 2012-06-16 23:13

      i wil be the biscuit boy viva DA viva

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-06-18 13:43

      @Bzeng...I'll supply the biscuits...LOL!!

  • Gavin - 2012-06-16 14:55

    Oh no. Go blow your vuvuzille somewhere else. nobody important really cares what you say.

      Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-16 16:02

      And why would we c are what you say, you slimeball. You are not 'important' & you have no opinion just pure unaldulterated racial hatred. Just remove yourself from these pages...

      Gavin - 2012-06-16 16:06

      Ag shame poor boy. If you don't like it pretend you didn't see it, because I'm not going anywhere fool

  • Hle Phewa - 2012-06-16 15:01

    Hw can Zille tel us that the govt has failed when their apartheid govt saw us as inferior, and decided to shut us out of every opportunity, if we hd the same opportunities thn she shud talk shes just trying to get control so she cn fulfil her sick goals of turning ths country into England or Europe, bfore any of u talk, remember the struggle, wher wer u whn our mothers and fathers wer killed? n u ppl had the most opportunities n now tht that its our time, u want to start complaining, f this country is already in the toilet then its fine atleast its in its rightful OWNERS!!

      judith.taylor.56 - 2012-06-16 15:52

      Have you asked her what she wants? You are making judgements based on nothing but prejudice

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-16 17:23

      Hle I think you must go and study Me Zille's history before you even think of saying any thing bad about her. She has done more for SA than you have ever done. Name one thing good you personaly done and only then you are aloud to bad mouthe her. And men do not own any thing on this planet It belong to GOD

      alansmartSnr - 2012-06-16 22:12

      ..@ Hle Phewa..There has been a plan..Billions of Rands are laying in the Fiscal to make youths employable and to train them in hundreds of ways. Just Google "Youth Subsidy Scheme" and you'll get a shock. The problem lies with Cosatu who object and ANC government who are to scared to implement the scheme as they might loose Cosatu votes. These are undisputable facts. You dont have to believe me - Google it yourselv

      BulletProof. - 2012-06-17 14:27

      I own nothing to you and you are not owner of South Africa and if the country is in the toilet is because people with your brains if you have one.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-06-16 15:13

    Unemployment is a huge problem and it stems from the poor state of out education system in this country , whoever is in govt needs to put the focus on improving the education , and the young people of today need to focus on their education , that is the way to a better future .

  • Hle Phewa - 2012-06-16 15:14

    @jumbo , is it now then why are here posting racist comments and disaproval of the govt, no i feel sorry for u!

      Ingadi - 2012-06-18 04:52

      you are nothing but a dumb black with no idea what it means to be human, so stfu with your black tendencies and do your work tjortsi

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-16 15:37

    The ANC has left the youth to the moronic ANCYL thus washing its hands of the problem.

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-06-16 15:56

    All of the very racist comments sadden and inform me. There is a terrible fear in this land which blinds people and causes them to be irrational. It seems that we are having a hard time dealing with reality and how to solve the problems we face. For me, this is a tragedy, especially as many of us have the same aspirations for SA, only colour separates us when it should not do so. unity in diversity is so much more powerful

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-06-16 16:19

    News24 your racists people why did you delete my comments about some blacks who are stupid because they cannot see when something is wrong about this goverment of ANC.

      mkgatla3 - 2012-06-16 17:23

      You are the one who is stupid,thats why they delete your coments

  • Aubrey - 2012-06-16 16:57

    South Africans you are confused like those naive leaders you have elected .

  • Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-16 17:29

    Ok, so let me see if I understand this correct. Some people will rather let the country go to sh1t, before letting a white person run it again? What do you think will happen if ever the "evil" white man takes governance again? Do you think it will EVER go back to the apartheid era? Just how naive are some of you? This country will never go back to that sort of governance, EVER. There will be a full scale war before that happens. For how long are the masses willing to give the ANC chance to fix things? It's been 20years people, not 1, 5 or 10, but almost 20 years, but yet they carry on voting for them. No no it is not the ANC, it is Zuma. What about Mbeki before him, how did he do? Screwed the pooch just as bad as the current guy. When will we as a nation stand together and say, for the greater good of our children, let's start building RSA up, and start looking forward? When will the right person be appointed for a position, irrespective of color, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or whatever society judges someone on?

  • pmalungana - 2012-06-16 18:06

    Perhaps Zille should relocate to the township next door to Winnie , for South African majority to believe that she will liberate them from poverty and give them something different from what the ruling party is failing to provide. Only then will South Africans believe that she does mean what she preaches. As long as she lives in a different society she is wasting her energy

      Erna - 2012-06-16 21:48

      Why none of the anc ministers live in the townships.

      Clive - 2012-06-18 22:12

      @Hasani: You mean the Winnie that lives in a mansion, spends thousands on clothes and toiletries each month, and is driven around in a luxury car? She cares as much for the unemployed and unemployable as Vavi does. And Erna is spot on.

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