SA's future in crisis, says Buthelezi

2012-06-16 16:30

Johannesburg - The future of South Africa is in crisis and is far from secure, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said at a Youth Day event in KwaMsane on Saturday.

"South Africa grapples with entrenchment problems and many of our people are suffering," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Dondotha sports grounds in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

"But those who suffer by far the most are our youth."

He said while the unemployment rate in South Africa is 25%, unemployment among young people stood at 49%.

"While many young people want to work, only half of them can find a job," he said.

"A university education is expensive and does not hold the promise of work. You are told you need experience to get a job, but you can't get experience unless you work."

He said government's Youth Wage subsidy had been delayed by the African National Congress's alliance partner.

"Buying property and owning a house is an impossible dream," said Buthelezi.

"Debt is rising, while the cost of living keeps going up. HIV and Aids are an ever-present concern. Personal safety is uncertain. Stress is high. Alcohol and drugs are a temptation. There is not enough to do, not enough to eat, not enough to inspire hope."

Buthelezi said his generation grew up in a country where political freedom was denied, movement was restricted, dignity was trampled and education was poor.

"Yet somehow I feel that the battle you are facing today as young people in South Africa is incomparable. After all, you live in a country that is politically free and a world that is moving forward.

"You are continually told that you are a free generation. But you are not truly free to work when there are no jobs to be found, or truly free to go anywhere when you can't afford transport, or truly free to learn when the education system is failing," he said.

  • Beverley Ainsworth - 2012-06-16 16:41

    Buthelezi says all the right words, but what has he done to help make youth's lives better? Actions speak louder than words!

      Glyn - 2012-06-16 17:01

      Please explain how an opposition politician can help? It takes voters to get the anc out that will help! Vote DA or Inkatha or COPE to get action! Viva DA!

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-16 18:06

      Stating the obvious again, any grade 1 learner can tell you are supposed to be a political leader so start acting like one and come up with workable plans to better the situation.

      Denise - 2012-06-16 19:54

      The writing is on the wall. South Africa is going down the plughole! We have been warning about this state of affairs and the coming ”Melt Down” for many years. To no avail. There is no way to stop the rot before it destroys the entire country unless all the available talent is used in getting this country back on track. Education and security must take priority in government policies and non-performing ANC appointees should be kicked out forthwith. South Africa is in trouble! Don’t expect Jacob Zuma to fix it. In short, Zuma represents, at best, a continuation of the problems that have plagued ANC rule, if not their intensification. The reality is that, once the nation suffers the intensified trouble under such corrupt and crippled leadership, the chances for real recuperation are virtually nil.

      Boer - 2012-06-16 23:29

      Stop killing the farmers that CAN give you a JOB. Ook maar onnosel ne.

      louis.olivier.988 - 2012-06-17 08:42

      The anc has failed in every thing it touches except theft, fraud, lining their pockets and living the good life for a greedy few. Could someone please tell me where the anc have been successful, every thing the anc touches turns to sh.t. what is surprising is that, the very people that are protesting about service delivery etc. will vote the same ring gears into power. What a bunch of idiots. do they ever wonder why there was apartheid, actions speak louder than words. what losers , what fools, failed the youth! what about the whole country. the anc is a cancer with a hidden racist agenda that will blame the whites for all their own shotcommings and keep the masses uneducated for their own abuse. These losers cannot organise a piss up in a brewery or a knock in a knock shop without steeling it blind.

      fussed.anderson - 2012-06-17 08:45

      He also forgets to mention, they were far better off then than they are now

  • Bongeka - 2012-06-16 16:54

    Wow!!!for the first time I'll say yes Mr Buthelezi what you're saying is right and you hit the nail right on top of the head. But my question is,what have you done or doing to improve the situation?You're a member of parliament and you were a minister at one stage in the same government but things never changed. I'm not trying to bad mouth you because all that you said above is very correct but my requset now is the solution.Let's just stop blaming the culprit that we know and start working towards finding a workable solution before it's too late.

      Glyn - 2012-06-16 17:04

      His solution is to get the money grabbing anc oligarchs out so real people can get the economy going to generate jobs.

      mordekai.shumba - 2012-06-16 17:24

      What Buthelezi says is true, and also obvious. Any idiot can say that any day

  • bernard.bracka - 2012-06-16 17:07

    Ha ha ha, more like his brains are in crisis...cant this fossil learn the word retirement instead of promoting unrest just because he lost KZN.

      mordekai.shumba - 2012-06-16 18:29

      I am wondering why more than 20 people dont like what you have just remarked

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-06-16 17:17

    I support u Mr Buthelezi.

  • mordekai.shumba - 2012-06-16 17:20

    Buthelezi must go!

      Erna - 2012-06-16 17:28

      The truth hurts does it? The chaos in SA is not his fault but the sole responsibility of the anc.

      mordekai.shumba - 2012-06-16 18:32

      I still think Buthelezi has stagnated the oppositional forces of South Africa. What new ideas could he possibly bring that are gamechanging. He is older than Mugabe, for the love of mike!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-16 17:29

    Haibo Mr. Buthelezi, do you only realize this now? Haai sies man, we normal citizens are more informed than you?

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-06-16 17:30

    Well spoken

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-06-16 17:34

    I admire this man.

  • luzukotosh - 2012-06-16 17:35

    Look who's talking, bloody sellout

  • kenneth.kgosi - 2012-06-16 17:36

    Well said Mr long speech but actually what is yo party doing to remedy the situation. South Africa needs a strong black oppostion Party and due to mugabe stay in power style \ u destryed IFP ,Quit dats de best u can do for youth ......

      BulletProof. - 2012-06-16 18:38

      Why have to be a BLACK strong opposition,(ALL YOU SAY AND THINK IS ABOUT COLOUR, THAT IS RACIST)isn't that racist? Why not, a good opposition in a government that can think for ALL South Africans?

  • TheVern69 - 2012-06-16 17:39

    Make this man Presideeent!!!

      mordekai.shumba - 2012-06-16 18:35

      He will be dead b4 inauguration

  • netswera.livhuwani - 2012-06-16 17:42

    Yes i nderstand there are lots of problems in this country and Mr Buthelezi is right about people sufering and expensive education,but thats not new news we have always known than,these politicians are rediculous,they stand infront of people and start making the people look more stupid by rubbing the salt deep into the wound.They pick things that matters most to people and use them to look good.Butelezi doesnt care about the people,what did he do when the bunch of stupid Zulu Inkata people killed thousands around the country.did he even tell them to stop the killing?did he apologise to the nation?I say we are not stupid,just zip your trap up and enjoy your dectatorship in your Inkatha Fighting Party.

  • Michael Varikas - 2012-06-16 17:46

    Well done Mr Buthelezi

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-16 17:46

    SA is in crisis PERIOD!! AND there is no light at the end of the tunnel !! PLEASE someone anyone...tell Zoomer to f*ck off!! Ag toe man!!

  • Winifred - 2012-06-16 17:48

    While agree with some of what you say, I reckon under apartheid you had a better education than what the youth is getting today. Jobs were available those days no matter they were not top executive jobs but the ANC has allowed the Union to dominate the labour market and in these bad times we all know business will not employ workers who are lazy and uneducated, Business is run differently to government, in government you can be useless and you get to keep your job. In business if you are useless then you need to go because you are holding them back. Its about time Union members did a course in Business management and marketing before they are allowed to open their big mouths.

  • jacques.matthee - 2012-06-16 17:49

    The nail on the head!

  • morne.trainer - 2012-06-16 17:55

    The problem is, everyone is looking for a job, but most of them do not want to work. They come all humble and ask, but the moment they are past their probation period, they wanna call the shots. They wanna make the rules. They strike, cause damage and loss etc. Once that changes, maybe THEN unemployment will be solved.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-16 18:19

      You sound like one of those uneducated managers who rule with an iron fist, who are there to exlplot employees and show them who's boss. They'll strike on you

      Sagin - 2012-06-16 18:30

      it is very hard to do any form of business with the currentmindset amongst the workforce. i have had the exact same experiences regarding labour. Like the government they make all the promises in the world but once they get your vote, they just take advantage and do nothing. look at the minset of the racist blacks(tshililio, toy gun mk, hadebe, lerato ect,ect,ect) this is why they never achieve. One day they will see the errors of their ways, I fear it maycome too late.

      morne.trainer - 2012-06-16 18:50

      Yes Ratsaka. They will kill the person they do not agree with. That is the type of workforce we sit with. They are the bosses, and if you do not abide by their rules, they will try and kill you.

  • Parys - 2012-06-16 18:24

    He just talks...and talks...and talks.....

  • sithembiso.nkwanyana - 2012-06-16 18:25

    U like him or not the truth is the youth is facing a bone of contention when it comes to employment.Our democracy is on the verge of quagmire.Tenderpreneur,nepotism and cadre deployment are order of the day.Let us unite when it comes to issues affecting the future of our generation

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-16 18:30

    To all the black people that votes for the anc and critisizes buthelezi for not providing a solution, its your fault that we are in the situation we are in with all the problems in this country. You created this! Instead of critisizing others use your minds and vote correctly next time.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-16 18:32

    The sad part is that the damage done by the ANC has put the countre back not only 20 years but 48 as they have destroyed all sysetems that was proven to work like Education just to spite white people. Even if we get an oppesition party in it will take a very long time to rebuilt our countre.

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-16 18:42

    IFP's future is in crisis. Lmfao

  • SM1012 - 2012-06-16 19:26

    He's the last person to comment...he killed people during his reign-INKATHA. People were slaughtered because he favored the White Minority benefits...rather keep his mouth and get a good sleep.

  • msibi.zenzele - 2012-06-16 20:07

    Every speech he makes he criticized and blame someone either is ANC or Media. He saw DA Youth wage subsidy March now he agrees with them just because he don't wanna lose youth supporters that's why he's talking like this,he's very good on talking and can talk till the morning busy criticizing without doing action and if someone trying to do good against his party either someone will die or keep on criticising.

  • Isaac Nhlahla - 2012-06-16 20:19

    i don't think like thatShenge only thing that you must do you must just hold election for your Party

  • anthonie.vanbosch - 2012-06-16 20:21

    We need to look after the children. In Northern Kwazulu-Natal, some children are being placed in hostels partly funded with funds raised from individuals and businesses. Ladysmith has a Child and Youth Centre and is facing possible closure due to lack of funds but is kept going by hard working staff. If you have some money, please think of these places where they have programs running to develop a better future for these children and eventually security for us all. The end result may be adults leaving these places with good morals and integrity and hopefully they will find a perfect job somewhere. More of these NGO projects equal less crime at some point in the future. These children need moral support as well as they struggle a lot after leaving these homes when they reach 18. They also struggle in school and many of them will start with something, for example a sport but will give up after a while.

  • Siyabonga Mbatha - 2012-06-16 21:10

    lol Mugabe haibo i mean Gatsha Buthelezi

  • Bzeng - 2012-06-16 22:47

    Even ageing Buthelezi can see J.Zuma aka 'shower head' uneducatd tribalism of leading a country to a grave. Good thinkin ther Ta Buthz

  • frankflower - 2012-06-17 02:21

    Bring back child labour. That way children will learn a trade, earn about R10 a day and they will be kept off the streets.

  • Jaco Vorster - 2012-06-17 08:49

    Well said Mr Buthelezi! But what are you, who has the power to change things, going to do to save our children's future? All we hear is talk talk talk, opinions from the people in power like yourself, but what is getting done except for the smoke being thrown in our faces? I and the rest of South Africa begs of of you, NO! DARES YOU!!! DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!

  • pvkgaphola - 2012-06-17 14:36

    Atleast this old man can understand youth problems, but Buthelezi let people trust you for what you do not what you say. Oooh never forget to step down if you realy know what you are saying. Nxaa.

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