South Coast students urge politicians to do more for young people

2016-07-14 20:39
From left, university students Zamo Hlope and Ntuthuko Memela say political choices for young people are complex. (Kaveel Singh, News24)

Durban - Politicians should do more for the youth, say two South Coast students studying in Durban and Cape Town.

Ntuthuko Memela and Zamo Hlope, both 22, said the felt alienated from the parties contesting the August 3 local government elections.

Memela, a University of KwaZulu-Natal student in Durban, would not vote.

“The reason why I am not going to vote is there is not much being done for the youth by political parties, especially for us as students,” he said.

While political parties did have youth leagues, they were not visible in his home town. Service delivery was a big problem, especially in the South Coast.

“I mean it is a problem throughout the country. If you look at the Gamalake township here, there are water interruptions in different parts of the community all the time.”

Memela said politicians needed to inform people more often.

“I don’t really know what’s going on. I do try to engage myself by watching the news but that is not enough to understand what is happening on the ground.”


Hlope, a University of Cape Town student, was undecided about who to vote for. He believed that the Economic Freedom Fighters, Democratic Alliance, or African National Congress were the only real choices.

He said the ANC had become complacent about service delivery.

“It’s almost like they are so comfortable if they don’t deliver, because people will still vote for them because of the liberation past.”

The ruling party was not well-equipped to deal with new problems facing the country, such as economic difficulties.

“I don’t think these challenges are things the ANC was well equipped to deal with. Even here at home you see a lot of poor people in the same place they’ve always been.”

The DA and EFF could liberate South Africans economically. However, the DA came across as pandering to the wealthy.

“Because I am in Cape Town most of the time I get the feeling they are always trying to take care of the people that are rich and the people already well off. If you look at the differences in the rich and poor areas, it’s as if they do nothing in poor areas. I don’t feel they are for everyone.”

The EFF seemed too radical with its policies and outlook.

“They are trying to bring a lot of communist and socialist elements into our economy. I don’t think people are ready for radical change.”

In a global community, the changes the EFF wanted to make would not work.

“People are just going to impose sanctions like Zimbabwe. It is going to be a big problem for us to participate in the global community. Their ideas on papers are good like land distribution, but I don’t think they are mindful of the global effects,” he said.

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