Africa can overcome its challenges

2016-12-20 06:01

HUNDREDS of thousands of people are facing extreme poverty in Africa. We have the potential and expertise to achieve our goals to eliminate poverty.

We are hopeful about eradicating fraud and corruption.

We all understand the ingredients needed for a healthy democracy. Democracy is about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association. Each of us has a fundamental right to be respected and to be treated with dignity.

Journalists are kept behind bars by the government for doing their jobs.

The problem that we have today is that leaders are doing their best to change the rules of the game to stay in power.

It’s about time that Africa’s leaders, when their term is over, transfer power peacefully. Africa has made tremendous progress.

It must be understood that the younger generation are the leaders of tomorrow. Corruption is draining billions of rands from the economy and I hate to see that.

This money could be used to build schools, hospitals and clinics, provide housing for people and go towards fees in the varsity environment. It is time that the government does something about the fees issue.

J.J. PILLAY

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