Youth month, more rhetoric, but zero changes

2017-06-22 06:01
OPinionVusi Mandindi

OPinionVusi Mandindi

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A criminal is a person that commits an offence in conflict with the law.

“Thou shall not steal; Thou shall not lie”, so goes the Ten Commandments. Politicians say this today, tomorrow this turns into a complete different story.

In every newspaper or television news, there is always a report about missing public funds that cannot be accounted for.

Very few of these go to prison. It is the ordinary citizens that are labelled as criminals, and sentenced to prison. Is this justice? Is this what we voted for in 1994?

Politicians today fight for their own selfish struggles, which is a complete opposite of what people want.

They own luxury houses in suburban areas and they drive posh cars. They do not belong to the townships or villages anymore. They no longer know how it feels not to afford a loaf of bread, or not knowing what their next meal will come from.

They are shareholders or owners in big companies, and behind each politician you always find a business person.

It is the survival of the fittest. They spend loads of money in expensive or high class pubs like Cubana.

Politicians today have formed a unique class of people similar to gangsters.

South Africa has recently been degraded to “junk” status, and we are deep into an economic recession.

The main talk revolves around businesses pulling out of the country or retrenching staff. The question that begs an answer is how this impacts on ordinary Joe Citizen.

Our politicos have assumed the character of CEOs of big companies.

Yet they speak of “Radical Economic Transformation”. But they don’t tow the line.

This transformation must start with them. They must cut down their big salaries, their benefits, and forfeit their unlawfully inherited assets by donating all that to public funds.

I believe that making a noise is not enough if they are genuine to our struggle.

It is another Youth Month, and again it is going to be the same rhetoric. There shall be more talk shops directed to the youth.

My opinion is that this day is more remarkable as the reaction against Bantu Education. The main factor was against “Afrikaans” as a medium of instruction. The youth of 1976 were not happy with the Afrikaans language. Shouldn’t now be the time to give a deeper meaning into the content and quality of the education system today.

The education system is meant to colonize the African child. Education should be used to transmit the values and principles of a society from one generation to another. We should ask whether the present education system talks to the challenges faced by our youth


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