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SA needs warrior spirit - Lekota

2012-02-14 19:44

Cape town - Unless the government and the nation inculcate a fierce warrior spirit to defeat South Africa's "most dangerous enemies", the country's hopes and dreams will lie in tatters, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota said on Tuesday.

"What is needed from government is a display of a fierce warrior spirit," he told the National Assembly during debate on President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address.

"No nation can achieve progress without a steely determination to defeat its enemies. Tragically, these enemies are growing stronger and stronger all the time. Left unconquered, they will quickly overwhelm us and utterly destroy our democracy."

The four "enemies" needing attention were poor education impacting negatively on skills development and self reliance; high joblessness; corruption by self-seeking cadres; and absent, poor, or inadequately maintained infrastructure.

If South Africa was to emerge from the economic crisis, it would have to invest heavily in infrastructure development.

More importantly, the government would have to urgently and massively transform the nation's human resource element.

Eradicating poverty, inequality, and unemployment required focused and concentrated attention on education and training, he said.

Lekota said Zuma had not devoted sufficient attention to education and training in his address.

"In fact, he praised educators for observing working time instead of addressing himself to the disappointing state of education and poor teaching standards.

"Quality education is pivotal to our growth and therefore to job creation and labour absorption," said the Congress of the People leader.

The question of employability was a matter of national significance.

Workers from abroad found work more readily because they were more employable on account of their education and training.

"The president should have indicated to the nation how the 10 million people who cannot find a job will receive training to make them readily employable.

"If this matter is not urgently addressed, unemployment will escalate and social unrest will inevitably follow.

"The president must clearly answer the question of how his government intends to provide education and skills to the millions who need it to enhance their opportunities for finding sustainable jobs," Lekota said.

Comments
  • bernpm - 2012-02-14 19:47

    I support your argument but.......get your own house in order first to gain some credibility with the rest of the nation.

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-14 20:07

      agree - all the talk in the world will not change a thing.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-14 20:06

    We need a goverment where the emphasis is on statesmanship and not self enrichment.

  • Alex - 2012-02-14 20:11

    Right on genius, these politicians must live under a rock.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-14 20:12

    "The four "enemies" needing attention were poor education impacting negatively on skills development and self reliance; high joblessness; corruption by self-seeking cadres; and absent, poor, or inadequately maintained infrastructure". There is only one enemy : Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption. ANC for short.

  • Kim - 2012-02-14 20:13

    Firstly may I say that the Gauteng Education Department is one massive cobweb. Barbara Creecy herself has no clue where the departments monies are spent. Secondly, if this is how the top brass operates a department, how can any government school function. You wonder why teachers arrive at school late, stink of alcohol, have sex with the learners and cannot teach a subject as they have no clue what they are suppose to teach. Reason, the Schools Act is not ahered to by the Department and the schools. They have been given rope and now SA suffers the consequences of uneducated learners who remain unemployed. If ministers were paid on their output, they would be worse off.

      Francois - 2012-02-14 20:27

      How can one pass a learner if the learner knows less than 2 out of the 3 facts that he needs to know? Education in SA is to create a feel good feeling for the children. The maths itself is laughable, but it is more important for government to chase the feel good feeling rather than the do right feeling. Last week I assisted 162 kids of Alex in Grade 8 , 9 and 10 with a simple tables test. 71% failed if one takes 50% as the pass grade and the kids are hungry to learn. The fact is that Lekota was part of the problem, he sat merrily in cabinet and as chairperson of the ANC when OBE was introduced and white teachers were shown the door - that when he knew that there is no chance that the ANC will loose an election (almost struggled with that spelling - easy to misspell it when one thinks of Zuma). Why did he not see to it that the fighting spirit got hold of SA then and saw to it that the very white teachers his president got rid off, train the non - white teachers in their schools. Now the real fighting spirit has its spark - another 20 years of bad education like this and jobs being exported to China, India, Vietnam etc and we will have the real civil war, if there is anything left to fight for.

      Francois - 2012-02-15 09:25

      Kim won.

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-02-14 20:32

    What the hell is he doing in parliament??? Who elected him to lead cope in parliament?? Mxm COPE! *BBM talk to the hand*

  • Cracker - 2012-02-14 21:44

    The two aspiring leaders of Cope have made sure that the ANC will get that dreaded two thirds majority come the next election. Thanks for nothing.

  • brettcch - 2012-02-14 21:52

    Dear Terror Frankly, we could do without the warrior spirit if we could have less of the stealing, raping and pillaging spirit. If we could have less of the latter, we would have no need for the former. Do you think you can make inroads here?

  • Gerry - 2012-02-14 22:19

    What's with all this war talk of a "warrior spirit" and of "enemies." this is typical cheap African style political rhetoric. Yes the challenges are there but no thanks to our corrupt stupid political jackasses. Left to their own devices I have no doubt that ordinary citizens could easily overcome all these challenges if only the politicians , tenderpreneurs, lazy public servant sloths and corrupt fat cats would get out of the way and let decent citizens get on with the real work. We need less government not more! No wonder Africa is such a basket case. South Africans are now observing what has happened throughout Africa namely the complete capitulation to primitive tribalism and petty politics that subjugate the masses in a sea of ignorance, laziness and stupidity. Talk talk talk and collect taxes that's all our government and leaders do. Give it 5 more years and the ANC will demonstrate the reality described so clearly in Orwell's "Animal Farm." “Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer—except, of course, the pigs and the dogs” .

  • Joel - 2012-03-09 18:09

    Sies, this man should just go home! No principles, nothing, he only exists for his own stomach. Anyone who believes this man does so at his own peril. I think the ANC should offer him a position as an ambassador, to Mongolia. He will definitely accept.

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