What is our responsibility?

2019-06-20 06:01

Youth Day on 16 June came and gone and it’s now time to face the reality. This country suffers from many social issues, mostly related to the youth and it ranges from school dropouts, new HIV infections and undisciplined children.

The government of the day has the responsibility, as written in the Constitution, to provide food security through social grants (R17 million), build schools and clinics. This is what we call human rights responsibility.

This brings me to the question of what are the roles and responsibilities of citizens, especially the youth?

The mentality of entitlement is becoming a serious concern. In all honesty we can’t blame everything on government. There must be some sense of responsibility on our side. I say that knowing that many people are unemployed.

We are a nation that consumes more than what we can afford.

A recent survey by Statistics SA revealed that there is a dire need of help. We are not taking any responsibility. In fact, now I hear people saying there must be a grant for the unemployed.

If we are going to talk about rights I’m sure we need to first work on the basic rights.

Our health is the most basic right, but we fail to take responsibility to test for HIV/Aids.

We are continuously busy with gangsterism. If we want to create war let’s do so against HIV/Aids and tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases.

We have a duty to test ourselves so we can know our status.

Being in charge of our health will help us to curb Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs).

We know many people who are selling drugs in the community. My question again is, what is our responsibility, as residents, especially with the youth as target market?

We can’t expect the police to deal with this alone. Our education is in a dire situation as many of our youth are murdered in the classrooms, teachers are robbed in schools.

I am aware that many might come back blaming anyone involved. I don’t dispute the fact that the government and parents have done wrong so they must take responsibility for their actions.

We must own up as youth and correct where we can to make things better for the next generation.

After all the youth of 1976 did its part, we must do ours.

Andile Qolo KTC, Nyanga

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