Madonsela: Get your hands dirty

2012-06-19 22:21

Johannesburg - The youth should help achieve a better life for themselves and others Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Tuesday.

"I have a dream of seeing young people getting their hands dirty to build the country," Madonsela said at a Youth Day event in Carletonville, according to a copy of her speech.

If there was a struggling clinic, she hoped the youth would get involved in its running, even if it meant working for minimum wage. She called on young people to develop a sense of community service to help rid the country of its many problems.

The aspirations of today's youth were not that different from their 1976 counterparts, Madonsela said. The youth of 1976 wanted freedom from political oppression. Today they wanted socio-economic freedom and freedom from violence.

Young people wanted a fair share in the country's resources, education, access to employment, equal participation in the economy and a say in the running of their country.

"Is it wrong for young people to aspire for these things? Certainly not. If you examine our country’s Constitution, you will notice that these are the things that the Constitution promises to all people of South Africa.”

Madonsela urged young people to make time to understand how the government worked so they could exercise public power.

This had to be done through partnerships with public institutions.

  • Henk - 2012-06-19 22:43

    No Thuli, They want to get their @sses handed to them in a civil war!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-19 23:10

    Dream on. 45+ years of ANC propaganda, promising generation after generation to "make the sacrifice now" for the big pay-off later, have amounted to niks. Because, in the most part, what they promised was not viable, even back in the day. You're not just staring down the barrel at 70% of 18-35's unemployed (and unemployable) you're looking at the end product of a marketing campaign. Ask Steer's (their campaign lasted 24hrs and made a lot of people very cross). Ask the 5th or 6th generation and see how p'd off they are. There are still no houses, no water, no electricity, worse education, horrible health care. And yes, the youth ought to stand up and start making it all uRight but what tools have you left them with? "Vote today, we'll solve the problems tomorrow". Whilst we wave you bye bye from our 3 jets, knock you over with our cavalcades and have managed to steal 75% of the budget. 4+ Generations of dreams, wishes, hopes and aspirations and tremendous suffering. Don't ask people in 2012 to believe or survive on tired, raggedy philosophies from the turn of the 20th Century. It's 2012. Half the world's unemployed, hungry, displaced and hugely cross. So imagine and dream all you want. ANC promises and extreme naughtiness have led us to this point. ANC could not have foreseen all. But they set themselves up as saviours, rescuers, having the answers to everything. A deal's a deal. Now deliver or go

      Sagin - 2012-06-19 23:54

      spot on!

      Anele Mazibuko - 2012-06-20 00:37

      u really culdnt have said it any party...what we need is a new party,not additional sugar coated policies

      Koos - 2012-06-20 08:25

      Well written. Send it to Thuli.

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-19 23:17

    Spot-on, Thuli. As always. There is always work for idle hands - and it is time every unemployed person volunteers themselves for whatever project is necessary in their community. Sitting on your bum rarely gets you a job. Showing your drive, ambition, and a willingness to learn even the most menial of jobs will help to get you noticed, and eventually move up the ladder. Why is it that we have so many people from overseas volunteering to work for free in our Country, yet our own citizens have a problem even cleaning up the street in front of their own homes? Pride in yourself and your community will be the saving grace of SA.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-20 07:46

      this woman must be made el presidente

  • msaka.lekhosi - 2012-06-19 23:23

    In next month reshuffle, dictator must replace Chabane with Madonsela. Then we can sit down and listen.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-19 23:41

  • jones.mkandawire - 2012-06-19 23:50

    Ya Thuli you right but it must start you getting your hands dirty. Lead by example or you are just like them talk but no show.

      clarence.esau - 2012-06-20 00:24

      Bru Ms Madonsela gets her hands dirty daily!

  • Sagin - 2012-06-19 23:59

    We need more woman in power like you Thuli. replace all these power hungry, self serving men with woman like You and south africa will be a much happier place.

  • Andre Van Zyl - 2012-06-20 05:06

    Thuli Madonsela for president!

  • Lesiba C Mmotlana - 2012-06-20 05:18

    u right Mrs Thuli,hope this boy R Lamola hears you in dis regards,coz dis boy belong at school nt on da street n telling people abt Nationalization,war!!!he has dirty mind n no future

  • Vince.York - 2012-06-20 06:35

    ANC and it's indoctrination and longevity of ANTI everything has created the crop of lost youth expecting easy entitlement (no different to what their current leadership have perpetrated). In order to get a different outcome, you need to make a change. (sometimes many changes)

      Criselda Mash - 2012-06-20 07:19

      who goes to tertiary for a degree only to come earn a minimum wage?

      berni.venter - 2012-06-20 08:32

      @ Criselda. A tertiary qualification gets you in the door. Then you start converting knowledge into skills. I'll use the example of MasterChef. We all sit and watch how the contestants make food week after week. That gives us the knowledge on how to prepare the dish. You can only say you know how to make the dish once you have actually physically done it by applying the knowledge you gained from watching someone else do it. We all started out with minimum wage. Build your skill set, keep an eye on job advertisements in your field and take note of the skills required for you to advance yourself AND GO FOR IT GIRL! Send your CV out at least once a year to gauge your marketability and in no time you will have people approaching YOU to apply for positions.

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