DA Youth stage walk out

2012-06-22 10:36

Johannesburg - The DA Youth and several other youth representatives walked out of a sitting of the Youth Parliament on Thursday and would not sign the 2012 Declaration.

"This was owing to the gross politicisation of the sitting which saw non-ANC aligned youth prevented from airing their views," DA Youth leader Makashule Gana said.

The declaration was meant to be a joint statement from all representative bodies within the Youth Parliament expressing the outcomes of the day's deliberations.

He said the "politicisation" began when the deputy speaker spoke against the youth wage subsidy in her opening speech, despite it being a government policy.

DA Youth representatives were then denied the opportunity to reply.

Gana said points of order were constantly ignored, leading to deliberations becoming chaotic. Women representatives were not given an equal chance to speak, and none of the listed speakers were present.

"The entire day ran behind schedule, forcing delegates from outside Cape Town to leave before proceedings had finished," he said.

Gana said the Youth Parliament became a wasted opportunity for South Africa’s youth to debate constructively, and the institution's representative credibility was undermined.

ANC Youth League spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy was not immediately available for comment.

  • mlungisi.crush - 2012-06-22 10:51

    Don't argue with a fool to avoid noise! That is the result of a proposed FREE PASS!!!! The youth of today aikona!!!!

      Mark - 2012-06-22 13:54

      This is our future.... lovely

  • RangoAndEmy - 2012-06-22 11:49

    This sounds like a fiasco! please dont give up without being heard DA youth we need strong leadership for our children.

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-22 12:13

    TO DA YOUTH: Take that declaration, edit it to reflect how you have wanted it amended and publish it on the web; DA website, Politicsweb, etc. Just be clever and out play these ANC zombies.

  • Moi - 2012-06-22 14:31

    Are they surprised? Did they really think that something being hosted by the anc would allow for any others to share their views?

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