We want to live in Sandton too

2011-10-29 17:06

Ignatius Mashiyane finished matric 11 years ago. He has never been formally employed, but he aspires to live in Sandton.

The 30-year-old was among the thousands of youngsters who took part in the Economic Freedom march organised by the ANC Youth League on Thursday and Friday in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Even though he occasionally does contract work, life has not been easy for this Johannesburg-based youngster.

After walking for hours from the Johannesburg city centre to the JSE in Sandton, where a memorandum was handed over, Mashiyane acknowledged that it was not an easy march.

On arrival in Sandton, Mashiyane went to wash his feet in a pond across from the JSE and quipped that black people aspired to live in the suburb.

“This is where the money is. This is where we want to live. Black people are very poor and I come from a poverty-stricken background. If I had to stay here in Sandton, my life could get better, but living a better life requires a quality education and a good job.”

Mashiyane said the march was painful. “We are not here because we are bored. We marched because we want jobs and we want skills.”

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