Magashule urges youth to be more patriotic

2012-11-01 16:42

Bloemfontein - Young South Africans must be more appreciative of their country, Free State Premier Ace Magashule said on Thursday.

"We do not act like patriots," he said at the opening of a provincial youth summit at the Philip Saunders Resort.

"If we do not love South Africa, the Free State or the town we come from there will be no prosperity in the country."

Magashule said the ANC government could not work miracles.

He said no government would be able to restore 300 years of separate development in 18 years.

"In 2030 there will [still] be unemployment and people without houses."

Magashule said it would take time to undo the legacy of apartheid.

He acknowledged that the new South Africa had created tenderpreneurs, which was a sad development.

"Everybody wants to leave school now and become a tenderpreneur and not work."

He said a tenderpreneur was a person who would spend R1m on a party for one night, while his neighbour was hungry next door.

Magashule that even if people embraced aspects of non-racialism, as long as they did not open the country's wealth to all it would never prosper.

The premier told youth delegates that if they lamented and complained about the past they would not move forward.

"Do not forget [the past], but move forward."

Magashule said that in contrast to other African countries where youth did voluntary community work, South African youth often wanted everything from the government.

"This government must give a house, electricity, jobs. They never think to be job creators."

Magashule urged the youth to go out and reconstruct South Africa, the Free State and the towns they came from.

"We need to wake-up and do things ourselves."

  • peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-11-01 16:50

    Im proud of many things...from my French Toast to how loud i can burp... but SA...I used to be, and its diminishing on a daily basis. Put a noose around your minions behavior and see change for the better

      croix.mactee - 2012-11-01 18:13

      And the 'spin' continues ........... Why does ace say they cannot work miracles? Isn't it a miracle if you can make R4b to R6b (who knows what the REAL amount is) disappear in a flash?!!

  • bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-01 16:53

    Rich coming from the government who itself is not patriotic and interested in nation building. Starting at our man Zuma - he is abusing his position as headservant to further his own interests. How unpatriotic is that.

  • thifulufhelwi.masala - 2012-11-01 16:54

    You robert mugabe of free state mst step down.

  • sello.motelele - 2012-11-01 17:19

    Unfortunately its hard to be patriotic whilst u are hungry. The anc cannot do miracles? Then why all those promìses when its to vote?

  • bulelani.mfacokamsimango - 2012-11-01 17:22

    Perhaps government needs to send out a much consistent message instead of these mixed messages. During election time, politicians promise the free house, water, electricity, now that they are in government, the people are told to do it themselves while politicians continue looting the money that was meant for the 'free services'

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-11-01 17:23

    When discipline is learnt in this country then you will get Patriotic. Defence force style training coupled with skills training will make the youth what they should be

  • christiaan.vanvuuren.9 - 2012-11-01 17:35

    Unemployment is not a result of apartheid neither is poverty. If it was why do these problems plague every country in the world? Some more thsn others ofc... You want patriotism you need a government who deserves it. One not primarily focused on self enrichment. But this is sadly harder to find with the diminishing morality in everyday conduct.

  • boramk - 2012-11-01 17:38

    I'm proud of my country, just not the government

  • Billy - 2012-11-01 17:45

    give the youth a reasons to be patriotic, you cant just command it. its like you wrongly demand respect, its only earned. again the anc with 300 years ago and seperate development(apartheid). in any case, which development are you talking about? "to restore 300 years of separate development" because the zulus and xhosas were definitly not fighting the white guy to build a house or town of bricks or get an education. in fact, they were trying to preserve their tribal ways. so you kept your development seperate for most of your 300 years. you mess up the youths education, then you call them unpatriotic in a public announcement... "In 2030 there will [still] be unemployment and people without houses." yes, if you people are in charge it would be more, you do everything wrong, the lazy way. you dont bring the majority up to speed, you slow the minority down, e.g. lowering the passmark. causing the youths to be less educated in todays world. lol be more patriotic. i love my country, you should shut up.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2012-11-01 17:49

    You are right, let the youth reconstruct the country after all the Government can't!.

  • joko.makhoba - 2012-11-01 17:58

    that is rich coming from U ace. i will be a fool to believe whatever hogwash that comes out of that mouth of yours. december 2010 U visited villiers and asked all the youth with qualifications to stand on the stage. U promised everyone who was standing next to U jobs the following year (2011). guess what? those people are still waiting for your call. patriotic my foet

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  • bcluley - 2012-11-01 18:04

    Billy for president! That oke knows hes stuff

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-01 18:08

    Patriotism and poverty and bloodshed all go hand in hand! Enjoy supporting it. BE A PATRIOT and never revolt

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-01 18:12

    The ANC in it's struggle proclaimed liberation before education, well how wrong was that because without education you cannot ever be liberated neither here or elsewhere.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-11-01 18:19

    The government of the free state is for get about the past is move back ward in state the government must move foward. That is results of the government with no.adea down with ANC.

  • tinyiko.ngobeni1 - 2012-11-01 18:25

    How long will .SA be compared to the 300 years of struggle, how long will we compare ourself with apartheid realm while You top ANC leaders are just enriching yourself more and more. How long will people like ace blame the past instead of building the future. Stop giving speech and act

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-11-01 18:42


      Mandlenkosi Manqele - 2012-11-01 21:13

      but it took others less than 18yrs to turn their rondavels into mansions

  • matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-11-01 18:45

    I don't think the youth (white, black, coloured or Asian) have a problem with patriotism. I think it's the older generations that have a problem with integration and letting go of the scars of the past. Younger people, generally, are able to change their mindset while older people tend to be more set in their ways and their attitudes.

  • entreprenuerist - 2012-11-01 19:11

    Stop Blaming apartheid Become Active People this Thing of Yours of giving speech doesn't cut it for us New generation, we need active people, Strategic Movers not Passive like You Big Fat Cats.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-11-01 19:50

    Magashule you are actually correct, but then the stupid government is holding people back so as the older generation of this country, people who will always bring the youth down and not support them at all.

  • ronny.mathebula - 2012-11-01 21:59

    mr magashule is right it took taiwan about 60 years to get where they are today. lets judge our government after atleast 30 years to see where we will be bcz according to me 18 is still early to judge. we have the richest country in africa bt we can`t praise that, wat we want is to criticize the governmrnt left n right. i admit we have a corrupt leader bt it is too early to judge the government

      pdvermaak - 2012-11-02 05:47

      So you want them to run the country to complete bankruptcy, whait another 10 years and then you want to judge the government on what they did. Think Ronny, think.

  • bobby.boon.18 - 2012-11-02 10:53

    Patriotism Bah in what hahahaha and 300 years of seperate development whahahaha If the people of the country reject europeans so much then reject all of what was brought to the country do not use technology do not use cars cellphones computers go back to your Kahya with your cows and kraals go back to that and truly reject Europeanism this is clearly what you want. Develop at your own pace....

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