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Politicians weigh in on Youth Day

2012-06-16 22:12

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's lack of empathy for the unemployed, land seizure without compensation, and unemployment bridging racial divides were among the themes of political party messages on Youth Day.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said on Saturday that the government had failed to respond to the crisis of youth unemployment and president Jacob Zuma was incapable of leadership or feeling the pain of others.

"[Youth unemployment] 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.

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

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

The 1976 Soweto uprising was a series of high school student-led protests. Learners from various schools in Soweto protested in the streets against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium in schools. Around 20,000 students took part in the protest, and 176 people were killed.

The ANC Youth League said the country's youth should prepare themselves to take on the task of economic freedom.

"Ours like the 1976 detachment is a struggle for policy shift," said the league's spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy in a statement. "In the main [is] the demand for fast-tracking the return of the land to the indigenous people of this country without compensation and the nationalisation of the mines of South Africa."

She said it was the youth league's task to ensure it never fails the generations to come.

The league called on all young people to commemorate June 2012 "with the fighting spirit of the youth of 1976".

Freedom Front Plus Youth leader Wouter Wessels said the youth still faced enormous challenges that included unemployment, poverty and illiteracy.

He said his party was in favour of the much debated youth subsidy, which if implemented correctly and fairly, according to them, could actively address these challenges.

Wessels said that subsidies should not be subjected to affirmative action and black economic empowerment measures as unemployment reached across racial divides.

Wessels added that it was a pity that the ANC and DA were abusing this important issue as a "political football".

Exploitation

Earlier in the day disgruntled residents of Silvertown protested and burnt tyres outside the Wolfson stadium in Port Elizabeth ahead of a speech by Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane.

Police spokesperson Major Ernest Sigobe said the protesters complained that "they were not properly consulted about the event and complained about the lack of service delivery".

Police intervened and the situation was calm before Chabane gave his speech.

Chabane said in his speech that young's people's vulnerability was exploited by service delivery protests.

"We call on young people to resist this exploitation and focus on their education and uplifting their lives," he said.

"You should rather play a significant role in uplifting your communities than destroying it through the violent protests we have witnessed in recent times."

He told the crowd that "the national budget continues to support job creation, with a particular focus on unemployed youth."

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the country's youth faced a multitude of challenges unlike the generation that led the 1976 uprisings.

"While the 1976 generation had a common enemy in the evil apartheid system, today's generation is faced with a totally different type of enemy," she said at a Youth Day rally in Soweto.

"Their challenges range from HIV and AIDS, drugs and substance abuse, moral decay, to hunger and joblessness."

Mokonyane said the nature of the challenges should galvanise the youth to work as a united force like the 1976 generation.

"For this to happen young people must participate in structures and organisations that have their interests at heart," she said.

Comments
  • Bzeng - 2012-06-16 22:29

    ANCYL dreams of us youth protestin like the 1976 youth. Wel not a bad idea but to whom are we gonna protest against? The parent body ANC? Or government 'composed mostly of ANC'? Or the business managers? Or tender?

      bernpm - 2012-06-17 00:45

      anything positive you want to suggest?? "Protest" is destructive and leads to nothing improving. Come with a plan better than the recent ANC plans with no structures (or budgets), just vague : "we should".

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-17 07:15

      Jones. mkandawire, you can keep on dreaming about ancestral land that will be returned to you, you know like that dream of yours to win the Lotto. In the meantime the ANC will steal this country empty and p!s on your ancestors graves because you are poor.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-17 09:27

      @Jokes Making Wire....why did you run away from Mugabe?

      henryian73 - 2012-06-17 09:41

      @jones. I'm totally for redress and my hope for our country is to see all its people live in peace and prosperity. I do however have a big problem with the ANC and ANCYL. Malema was also never interested in helping the poor. He was Zumas puppet and it was all about his own back pocket. Soon it will be Kill for Tokyo. All about money again for own gain and again using the poor. Fact also remains that not every white person in this country is criminal and a thieve and not all land just stolen and taken by force. History also teaches us of many other treaties and trade agreements that also happened. Industry in South Africa also only started happening in South Africa with the arrival of these settlers the ANCYL soooo hate and is spreading so much lies about and if not for white and black our country wouldn't have been the most developed in Africa. So the sooner a lot of these guys get some history lessons the better. I also think that there should have been more public debates on many issues in South Africa but we all know the ANC and ANCYL culture has changed under Zuma and Malema. I do however see the DA picking up on the ANC promises of A Better Life for All where the ANC failed us ALL and soon and very soon will liberate us ALL from what has become the most corrupt government South Africa has ever seen so at least not to worried about our future and is there a glimmer of hope thanks to Zille, Miss Masibuko, MMusi Maimane, Patricia de Lille, Sizwe Mchunu, Wilmot James etc,etc

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-06-17 23:54

      http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/578097_4088981305551_459999277_n.jpg

  • gee.raaf - 2012-06-16 22:30

    Zumbabwe!

      Boer - 2012-06-17 00:21

      You mean DUMBABWE.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-06-16 22:31

    So that's it, Youth Day is over - how have your fortunes changed? Still without a job and all that ... Hopefully you thanked your government who is counting for your vote - Till next year ...

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-17 07:18

      You agent, we got da T-shirt and da half-loaf, what did you get?

  • hein.huyser - 2012-06-16 22:50

    Gateng Premier asked for un uprising against the anc. My goodness, these people never ceaze to amaze me

      hein.huyser - 2012-06-16 22:57

      For those who missed the point, " "For this to happen young people must participate in structures and organisations that have their interests at heart," she said. Now for those who don't know that the anc do not have their best interest at heart, this might be a revelation to you, but just sit back and think of all that went wrong the last 20years, and then think again about their so called committment to the people of SA. Not so great is it. Well, there are other people that do what they say, and the Premier have relieved you of your obligation to blindly follow and support the anc. She said it, not me!

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-17 05:54

      unfortunately that will change as the election race heats up Hein. Empty promises of free utilities, housing and education will be made all over again, just to win votes and, once the elections are over, the country will be right back to where it is today with not even half a step in the right direction.

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-06-16 22:54

    "In the main [is] the demand for fast-tracking the return of the land to the indigenous people of this country without compensation and the nationalisation of the mines of South Africa." You muppets are not indigenous to South Africa, and your organisation is the most comprehensive asssembly of stupidity in the history of mankind. Think about this, if you lot were to spontaneously combust tomorrow, how would the youth of SA be any worse off in any way whatsoever?

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-06-17 00:09

      I am not african by birth, nationality, citizenship or mentality, I own no mines, no farms and not one of my forefathers took land or anything else from anyone on this continent. I have nothing at stake here, with nothing to gain and nothing to lose. This makes me an independant observer, and I use this status to tell people like you that you're full of Sh&*, and that the simple fact of you being black does not entitle you to land in South Africa because you are as much of an invader as JvR in this country. This is a fact, it is well documented, your ancestors were a bunch of barbarians who murdered their way through the original inhabitants of this country in a much more violent manner than any whitie who ever set foot on this continent. And now, because your ancestor took a cr&* behind a tree at some point in the last 300 years, you think this to be your land? You're not fooling no one, you don't want the "land", you just want free money, and screw over another guy based on the colour of his skin, stick it to whitie because you're jeleous of his achievements. Tell me some more stories about AFRICANS, about this unity you proclaim, last time I checked you lot were persecuting Somalis, Nigerians, Malawians etc on the basis of them what, the wrong kind of Africans I assume? And with persecuting, I mean murdering, looting shops, and so on. I travel a lot into Africa, and I know exactly what the rest of the continent thinks about you lot, take your bul&sh^$ elsewhere.

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-17 07:47

      Nkosiniphile, you show me one example from history where a settler raped one of your woman...I don't think so.

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-06-17 09:54

      @Nkosi. Not too big on reading comprehension, neh? Let me repeat for you of little intellect: 1. I have no forefathers in South Africa, I am first generation here. 2. You are not the people who owned this land for thousands of years, your ancestors came down from the congo and comitted genocide against this land's original inhabitants. 3. Africa was not a peaceful land, this is well documented and you are a liar. 4. Rounding up and killing all the white people in 1994 might be your personal wet dream, but you forget, who will feed you, who will pay tax for your government to steal, etc. Go back to the Congo, your land, ancestors and african paradise awaits you, you're no use to no one in ZA and you don't belong here.

  • herman.smit.359 - 2012-06-16 22:55

    Magdalene Moonsamy: "it was the youth league's task to ensure it never fails the generations to come." Sorry to late you have already failed them.

  • ntunjab - 2012-06-17 01:21

    Chief/King Jacob Zooooma is the worst president who governed the ANC n the Country!!!!!

      tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-17 01:31

      The worst ANC president in 100 years.

      Ian - 2012-06-17 07:08

      the worst political party in a 100 years

  • nkosingiphile.cofu - 2012-06-17 01:50

    Its a pity that the opposition parties lacks originality. The youth wage subsidy the DAand the FF are screaming about is a baby of the ANC. Shut up zille! You will never govern this country,not in a million years.

      Rodney - 2012-06-17 02:09

      at least the DA aren't stealing billions in tax or screwing everyone they come into contact with, unlike the ANC. Anc and originality don't work in the same sentence, unfortunately the majority of the ANC voters are too blind to see what the reality is and come up with "very clever" replies like yours. The Da will govern this country, maybe not in Zilles lifetime, but it will, unless the ANC commit genocide that is.

      Erna - 2012-06-17 03:08

      It may be the baby of the ANC but the DA is already applying it in the WC while the ANC is too scared of Cosatu to apply it in the rest of the country.

  • ignatious.marekolle - 2012-06-17 04:00

    At least thr r few things dat malema n zille agree on; dat zuma is bad n also dat zille shll nvr lead SA.JZ must go,leading SA is NT lyk dancng maskandi he has failed many n betrayd many- he's only aimd @enrichng n satisfyng himslf @our own expenses! Madala if u wanna practice ur many wives custom vacate union building n practice it undr a tree in kzn....

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-17 04:14

    Blah blah blah !!! Talking heads spewing garbage for their own benefit!! To hell with politicians who are at best liars and only slightly better than child molesters!!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-17 05:37

    Its time the ANC gvt act on the land issue, they must be firm and not apologetic. Land ownership must reflect our demographics, I'm tired of people who dismiss the land issue with the same rhetoric that blacks only want handouts can't farm. There are millions of poor black people because they lack land ownership, talk about teaching a man to fish! How can you fish if there is no river, dam or even a pond? If there are people who benefited and are still benefiting from freebies are some section of apartheid babies. Go to Stellenbosch and see what freebies are, there are white guys who bought land for a song from the apartheid gvt just before apartheid's demise. There are farmers who are still enjoying 99yr leases on those wine farms. They can use these leases as collateral when applying for loans. How am I expected to compete on the same level with such a person. The gvt must empower blacks and be proud !

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-17 06:47

      Lerato the best way a government can empower their people is through a good education from start to finish. Not by dropping the education standard to make the pass rates look good but by raising the bar of education and teaching properly. Having land is all very well and good sure but, there are some things that you may be unaware of: 1- it is usually about 3 months before you can harvest anything that you have planted, are you going to starve for 3 months? 2- The cost of utilities to farms and all the additional fees levied on farmers, pole fees, environmental fees, water levies to name but a few ... will you also be paying these or will they be freebies? Can you afford the R 16 000 deposit for electricity on a farm or a R 45 000 account because there was a mistake reading the meter and it cannot be rectified until the account is paid in full. 3- The cost of supplimentary fertiliser as there is more often than not a need for this to aid production as not all soil is good soil. I have seen the price of fertiliser go from R80 a bag to over R 600 a bag in less than 24 hours. 4- The cost of insurance for farms or can you actually afford to lose part or all of your crop to frost, drought or runaway fire? All 3 happen to farmers no matter how well you prepare. 5- Banks won't bond a farm for more than 10 years. It doesn't actually matter whether your piece of land is 5 acres or 5000 acres those are all part of the reality of farming or owning a piece of land to feed your family.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-17 07:06

      @carpejugulim thanks for your detailed input. I totally agree with everything you are saying, however from your argument I can see you assumed I'm talking about subsistence farming. Land reform can be divided into commercial and subsistence! There are plenty of blacks with the knowledge and finance to get into commercial farming, this can be attained by giving them @ least 25 or 50yr leases so that they access further finance from the banks. On the other hand subsistence farmers can also get input assistance from the gvt on the agreement that they will supply the gvt with a certain amount of their harvest excess. A world bank study have shown that if land is subdivided into smaller pieces with different farmers, productivity will increase! This is mainly due to utility maximisation, these farmers can in turn form a union so as to benefit from economies of scale. Land must be given to willing and able black farmers not just dishing it recklessly, in that I agree with you. As for education I totally agree with you, a lot has to be done but in the mean time we need to empower our educated few

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-17 09:13

      Not only subsistence farming Lerato, commercial farming too. I know of a good few productive farms that have been bought under land claims, handed over to new emerging farmers and on one farm, within 3 months over 900 (permanent and seasonal) workers have been laid off, fields lying fallow because the cost of the new flashy 4x4 or the runaway fire wasn't factored into the budget for wages of current staff and the cost of replanting, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides so the farm equipment needs to be auctioned off to cover the costs. Other farms where the fruit bearing trees have been hacked down to provide firewood or grazing land so badly eroded because of over population with animals. Sadly there is very little support or farming education programs in place for the emerging farmers unless one is lucky enough to find a mentor. Govt support and education programs need to be set in place as we do have productive farmland and a nation that needs food. Something else to factor in with subsistence farmers is income tax, where will the Govt collect income tax from? Seriously, it is incredibly difficult to farm commercially on under 10 acres as the cost is prohibitive and the profit margin is small. Banks consider farming as high risk and don't like farm bonds or loans because the repayments are crop or livestock dependent and that includes bonds and loans to black farmers who are willing, able and have the knowledge to farm comercially.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-17 09:46

      Now you are talking about mere mismanagement. Unfortunately there is no industry you won't find people who can't run a business. Farming is a business and you have quoted failed business initiatives but does this mean we paint all blacks as failures. No! There are also white run farms, mostly inherited farms that are in shambles if we concentrate on the negatives we won't grow. The fact that these guys fail should and must not affect other emerging farmers. Can we disbarn SAPS because they have failed to tackle crime, no all we can do is learn from the mistake and move ahead. I hate that mentality of associating failure with blacks. I don't see how this will affect income tax, do farm workers pay income tax? They fall way below the income threshhold so its a non-event, anyway VAT will still affect them as it is the biggest tax contributor in any event

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-17 09:48

      Now you are talking about mere mismanagement. Unfortunately there is no industry you won't find people who can't run a business. Farming is a business and you have quoted failed business initiatives but does this mean we paint all blacks as failures. No! There are also white run farms, mostly inherited farms that are in shambles if we concentrate on the negatives we won't grow. The fact that these guys fail should and must not affect other emerging farmers. Can we disbarn SAPS because they have failed to tackle crime, no all we can do is learn from the mistake and move ahead. I hate that mentality of associating failure with blacks. I don't see how this will affect income tax, do farm workers pay income tax? They fall way below the income threshhold so its a non-event, anyway VAT will still affect them as it is the biggest tax contributor in any event

      carpejugulim - 2012-06-17 09:58

      Nobody is associating failure with blacks, what I am trying to do is point out to you what actually happens when one either has a farm or wants to go into farming short or long term, commercial or subsistence no matter what colour you are. I have quoted failed business initiatives yes, failed because of a lack of farming education programs, mentorship and assistance. Failed because they are based on the assumption that "anyone can farm" that is why I stated the need for a good education right from the start. Learn and implement what one has learned, share the knowledge and experience.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-17 10:20

      @DOMRATO, For the how manieth time now, this is not your country and it never was!!!!!!!!! Your days are numbered as we the KOISAN is up and raising in our quest to reclaim our land and rid it of rubbish like you! I think it will be better for you and the rest of your bastards to die before the KIOSAN uprise, because you will be forever sorry that you ever, ever set foot on this soil!

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-17 10:47

      @Nicolaas can't you see that you can not fit in this argument. Look at the above comments they were logical and factual not emotional a bit. No khoisan got such minute reasoning, if you want land then you are on the wrong door go get it from white people! Its funny how you hide behind the Khoi Khoi though, I feel for you! I guess that's the price you pay for being thick, you Khoisan - LOL then I'm Tiger Woods.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-06-17 05:50

    I believe that there is no time to keep cheering for our history because our goverment acts as if they never learned from it. And politics should not be a stumblic block as it seems.

  • Ian - 2012-06-17 07:07

    ancyl - grab all the white land, give it to us and piss off back to your poverty, thats what they want, freaking asswipes

  • daCouncillor - 2012-06-17 07:43

    i think clear it is the AnC to blame for the ills of today's youth. the AnC has failed to live up to their promises. . .

  • daCouncillor - 2012-06-17 07:48

    Zuma is a FooL and he has used the masses to enrich himself. . . where is the youth, not anywhere far from when they started in 1976 . . . the youth have NOT progressed in significance BUT AnC politicians are reaping the tenders. . .

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-06-17 07:55

    Yes i saw a blue light brigade flying down Wilgeroodt road on sat morning dont know what the emergency was , maybe just wanted to be seen ,

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