Don't hold the youth back with empty promises. Rather let them go

2019-04-26 16:13
Thato Tlakedi

Thato Tlakedi

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Name: Thato Tlakedi

Age: 27

Occupation: Intern

I can see that your government loves satire. So, I have included a bit of it for yours and their amusement in this letter. Enjoy!

You have recently called on the youth to stay in the country and help you build your honey combs and produce more dairy cattle for your and your political friends' feeding frenzy. This request was directed at white farmers. Well, I am neither white nor a farmer, but I am a South African citizen. So, I will comment on your request, anyway.

I am on the verge of completing my MSc in Aquaculture and it strikes me quite painfully that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), as a fisheries body, has no aquaculture farms (pity I have no farms or mines into which to invest my education when I complete my studies). At a time when aquaculture, a scarce skill in an African context, is ripening globally, SA is sitting on its potential hoping to miraculously "build SA together".

In fact, the DAFF has recently opened wild abalone harvesting as a legal dealing (you can WhatsApp me for a reference) despite stock assessment experts indicating that abalone should be protected by all might against poaching. Such as scarce skill!

See, Mr President, cheap politicking is the reason we are here today; begging for skilled citizens to stay in a broken society. You and your party have continually denied South Africans opportunities for growth and success because you know, you are the god of the people's needs: houses, infrastructure, etc.

You have created so much dependency on the government through politicking that you cannot even begin to understand the impacts, hence you continue on this path. Good luck dealing with the daily protests that seem to have become part of SA's DNA. Talk about self-inflicted wounds!

And your stance on corruption, Mr President, reminds of Mr Trump's shutting down of the US government and rejoicing at overcoming it a few weeks thereafter. That "we will overcome our problems the way we overcame apartheid". You seem to forget just one thing there: "we created it." All the corruption, the load shedding, everything.

How will you end it? Ah I see, protests and songs. You allegedly sent the police to kill miners in Marikana almost a decade ago and no one has up to date been held accountable for those brutal killings. So much for your "justice for all" speeches.

And then we have the crime. I remember asking my friends this question; besides maintaining the existence of the human species through heredity, what is the other point of living if you're still going to die? But today, I want to ask you, what is the point of living if I can get killed for buying a car?

Have you heard that clinics and hospitals in rural areas have neither medication nor medical staff? That children in public school still fall into pit toilets? That South African children are increasingly adopting Americanisms, carrying guns to schools and killing innocent people? That children in some parts of the country still die of malnutrition and/or poverty? Good luck building this country with ghosts!

I don't expect you to know these things because well, state funds are allocated to you for private medical healthcare and protection (the irony of paying tax for you to receive "free" medical health care and protection when I couldn't afford private surgery for a broken foot or at least install burglar-proof doors for my family), your children attend(ed) "secure" and exorbitant private schools, and of course, you and your children never miss a meal. I've heard that buffaloes (I love good steak) are a lucrative business and obviously, Bosasa pays well.

Bravo! You and your party have outdone yourselves! Keep up the good work, but in the meantime, let the youth slide. Let them invest their youth where it is appreciated. Don't hold them back with your empty promises, Pharaoh!

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