Youth 'tired' of apartheid blame game

2012-11-15 20:41

Johannesburg - South African youth feel government is not doing enough to manage labour unrest, according to a survey released by research company Pondering Panda on Thursday.

"It was found that the government was not seen to be doing enough to manage labour unrest, and [was] hiding behind the apartheid policy of the past as an excuse," the company said in a statement.

In total, 72% of respondents - across 3 998 South Africans aged between 18 and 34 - felt there was no evidence to suggest that government's plans for dealing with labour unrest were working.

In addition, 70% of respondents said government should take responsibility for strike violence and stop blaming the past.

There were few differences across demographic groups.

"This is an indictment of the government's inability to deal with the wave of violent strikes that the company is experiencing.

"Young South Africans appear to be getting tired of the notion that apartheid is still responsible for many of our problems."

This lack of faith might result in younger voters being alienated from the political process.

Interviews were conducted earlier this month.

  • Staalburger - 2012-11-15 20:50


      art5SA - 2012-11-16 11:46

      About time the Youth realise their "MASTERS" are just a LOAD OF LIARS!!!

      liana.loots - 2012-11-16 17:06

      The 'older' South Africans are also tired of the 'apartheid blame game' we have moved on.

      clint.thorpe - 2012-11-16 17:18

      The problem is they will continue to vote for the ANC circus!

      sheda.habib - 2012-11-16 17:21

      If they are tired of the gov blaming apartheid for todays must know how tired an old balli like me feels. Seen it all, been there done that. Have you noticed how a guy (who was educated under apartheid) stands up and tells us that the apartheid education produced vegetables. What does he think he is the exception or is he the vegetable he is talking about. I was brought up under the apartheid education and I AM NOT A VEGETABLE.

      ray.priestley.79 - 2012-11-16 17:35

      18 years after WW2,Germany,Japan and Israel had all developed vibrant economies.Jews had been persecuted for hundreds[if not thousands] of years and,although they will never forget the holocaust[many times worse than apartheid],they don't keep blaming their mistakes on it.We are going backwards while our leaders,like Mugabe,are always blaming others.

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-15 20:53

    Absolutely agree!!! ... educated & liberated youth are wonderful - its refreshing to see the younger generations have their own ideas, thought processes & can see through the smoke screens :) At last and welcome to the ranks of the older generations who have long reached the same consensus!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-15 21:00

    At last!!! We finally have a youth group whom we can relate to - who share the ideas, opinions, philosophies and beliefs! A group we can finally move forward with .....

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-15 21:02

    You speak of unrest. Tonight Swellendam have closed off the roads in and out. Snipers on the roofs. Zuma has no freeking clue what is going on in this country

      waz7710 - 2012-11-16 07:19

      He's too busy upgrading his private estate!

      brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-16 14:09

      With a Bunker (just in case)

      liana.loots - 2012-11-16 18:02

      Hitler Zuma and all his "Eva's" in the bunker. What a thought! LMAO

  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-11-15 21:03


      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-16 23:13

      .....and we know how that ended.

  • george.pito - 2012-11-15 21:04

    This is a natural process unfortunately it cost this country dearly. In a way it is progress. Apartheid had is placein time as in many countries in the world. Africa responds slower tp the rest of the world. If we after all these years forget this and look at the positive side SA is the strongest country in Africa for the same reason. The more competent people we get at thetop of triangle the bigger the base irrespective of race. Apply the laws and huge upliftment will take place.

      cinzia.pompa.9 - 2012-11-16 06:47

      There is no excuse for this 'delay'. A lot of the problems still exist today and that's not because of the past, it's because of the present. The present's collection of people who blame apartheid and refuse to go forward. Who keep this problem alive by keeping people uneducated and blaming it aaaall on "the whites". Just because S.A is the strongest country in Africa, does not mean that it should sit miles behind the rest of the world. For sure the rest of the world isn't perfect, but it's a whole lot better than here where this circle of hate only becomes more powerful every day.

      suash - 2012-11-16 09:47

      @cinzia.pompa.9 - 100% agree with you, well said. Why should we settle for anything but the best from such a beautiful country. We need people who can move us forward efficiently. We have the means to be one of the best countries in the world. We've got natural resources, little or no natural disasters and great tourist attractions. Why can't we just be united and be better than the rest of the world.

  • alan.yates.18007 - 2012-11-15 21:05

    Great....the penny's dropping.

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-11-15 21:10

    Great. But who and why would they listen to us?

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-15 21:14

    Time for a "Bantu Spring"

      nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-11-15 23:38

      Nothing are mentioned about the white/black generic youth. These people want to live without this crappy political race game. The sooner the better we maintain our distance with respect there will be place for harmony.

      heiku.staude - 2012-11-16 08:19

      Well said Nico.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-11-16 23:37

      It will never happen, voters are well brain washed. The youth only know mediocre, don't hear the youth demanding a better education, which will better their lives...........voices are needed, ANCYL, SACP, nor the unions have their interest at heart. Their education minister can't even string a full sentence nor is she aware of what's happening around her.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-15 21:21

    the truth for once

  • izan.botes.7 - 2012-11-15 22:02

    finally some good news !

  • tshiamo.seipelo - 2012-11-15 22:09

    Is high tym for South African Youth to stand for our Justice. Yes is fact that most of Us we dont like to be Garden for Politics. Due to Gun point/ shoot we Xperience now-aday. The main key problem our Leaders capitilise on what we call it; Klling of innoucent, Hospitalising the Speaker.\r\n\r\nWe are busy talking about apartheid time like if is a recommented Historical while misunderstood our present Criminal motion. The Hand that point use to forget how many finger point back.\r\nWe go no where, we are busy protact ourselves and blame apartheid

      cinzia.pompa.9 - 2012-11-16 07:00

      If I could like this more than once, I would!

  • michael.hogg.9083 - 2012-11-15 22:14

    An encouraging note is that reading what I assume is a broad spectrum of comments on various stories on this site shows that in general black and white together are starting to demand quality leadership free from both past and present corruption. This country could be great. All sides need to shake off prejudice and work together to move us forward. Generations following ours will hopefully see solutions without looking through tinted glasses.

  • kyle.chetty3 - 2012-11-15 22:23

    The future of this country don't want to hear about race discrimination and the use of apartheid to justify actions and boost political backing.

      cinzia.pompa.9 - 2012-11-16 07:02

      You've explained exactly what's going on in one sentence. Agreed.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 22:25

    There's no word that make me gatvol when I'm listening to than \Apartheid\.\Vuka uzenzele\ is a new game so please people get up and bring change in o life

  • gesigboekie - 2012-11-15 22:56

    and to this, no-one can say it's a 'white' comment. I'm sure most blacks can't even spell 'apartheid', it seems there is hope afterall for this country after Zuma, just wish we could all stand together and 'force' him to step down.

      grant.hide - 2012-11-16 07:13

      The problem is who is going to step up to the plate, Another money spending geezer? We need a government run by the people for the people, not some elite that think the size of their wallet means they can spend your money on whatever they please.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-11-15 22:57

    Seems we might have a few brains in the making

  • gesigboekie - 2012-11-15 23:10's more the politicians that 'try' to keep 'apartheid' alive, it's the only 'card' they have to play to ensure that the ANC stays in government. Actually pathetic.

      cinzia.pompa.9 - 2012-11-16 06:13

      It is pathetic. And it's scary how it works and just keeps on working. How do we change something like that?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-11-16 04:24

    Hooray !! The youth are as gatvol of the ANC always blaming apartheid as we are !!

  • jwelgemoed - 2012-11-16 05:24

    Get over it, stop living in the past and start building the future it is the only way this country will move forward.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-16 05:29

    SO GO AND BURN DOWN THE GOVERNMENT DOORS instead of destroying South Africa. YOU YOUTH VOTED FOR THIS so it's about time that you read and understand how ineffective you are forced to be BY YOUR OWN PARTY you have loyally voted for. Each one PRINT this out and then go and explain it to 10 others who cannot read.: You YOUTH ARE NOT IN A DEMOCRACY ANY LONGER BECAUSE YOU SUPPORTED ZUMA & HIS DRIVE FOR TRADITIONAL DICTATORS INSTEAD - controlled by 4500. and next farm jobs too.

  • spyaffe - 2012-11-16 06:16

    Instead of blaming the past fight for the a better future and learn from past mistakes instead of repeating history. Man is not as advanced as believed if we still to this day do not learn from past mistakes and look towards a better future

  • cinzia.pompa.9 - 2012-11-16 07:12

    If you haven't already, take a look at the comments on this article. This is the type of conversation and movement we need in this country. Let's get moving mkay?

  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-11-16 09:01

    Honestly apatheid left big scars in many hearts of blacks especially to those that experinced it, yes it was evil indeed, but now "solution solition!!! please we cannot afford to dwell in past for we cannot do anything aut it let the people start to take initiatives and responsibilities for their own actions and stop blaming apartheid even if it is not applicable just to hide their incompetance

      suash - 2012-11-16 10:14

      Well said bru

      garth.bellingan.1 - 2012-11-16 11:04

      Mna tanda wena Phillip.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-17 21:27

      Lots of intelligence right there Phillip.

  • KCorsar - 2012-11-16 09:12

    Let their voices be heard come election time, the 'honeymoon' is over ANC, you have failed the youth of this country on countless levels - leadership, education, stability, setting example, equality and providing a sound, sustainable future for generations.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-11-16 09:21

    WOW! this is enlightening, did you hear that government, the young people are sick of you blaming the past and want you to do what you are paid for and take accountability. yippeeee!

  • gideon.walt - 2012-11-16 09:32

    True story, this brainwashing needs to end!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-16 10:10

    It is not just the youth that thinks this...

  • suash - 2012-11-16 10:12

    People are jumping and shouting about economic freedom (some can't spell that) and redistribution of wealth. When will they learn that it's through education you will obtain economic freedom. Hopefully then next generation will understand this and work hard instead of blame the past.

  • Blixum - 2012-11-16 10:35

    A glimmer of hope. Some cleverness coming thru. Maybe the education system is not so bad after all.

  • garth.bellingan.1 - 2012-11-16 10:35

    Kagiso, move on with your life as the vast majority of SA citizens have, its only the uneducated and Malema supporters that keep on harping on about apartheid and the past, do you want hand outs for the rest of your life or do you want to make something of your life?, you and your ilk have ALL the opportunities now, only needing 50% aggregate to be accepted into Medical Schools etc, white kids with 90% aggregate are turned away to make place for your idiot kids who after Matric battle to read. Read Prof. Jonathan Jansens book and listen to his lectures, you may well become enlightened as to how dismal the future for the economically active people, both black and white is, and why , precisely because of idiots like yourself who at all costs cling to Apartheid and expect everything on a platter, heres a wake up call, youv'e had the silver platter, the cake, and youve bankrupted the Baker. Heres a word of advice for FREE, get active , add to the Economy, employ people and get over your sense of entitltment, i promise you will be a better person and will in fact feel better about yourself.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-16 10:45

    Young South Africans can be teaching Zuma a thing or two. They are a breathe of fresh air.

  • jcnolte - 2012-11-16 11:05

    Apartheid was a horrible concept, the whole world knows that, but we will have to stop blaming it at some point for idiotic things people do today?! It has become the easy excuse. Living a life of luxury whilst doing the minimal....that seems to be exclusively for uneducated, corrupt, big-mouth poiticians. If you have the opportunity to better yourself but you are too damn lazy, don't blame apartheid. You will not be spoonfed. We all have equal opportunity.....apparently.....remember? And if you were born into a post apartheid middle class family, have an education, good job and a good life, stop complaining.

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-16 11:34

    LOL, amazing the youth is getting it, how is it that the "educated" goverment is not???

  • ulrich.debeer - 2012-11-16 13:04

    Some food for thought, Why was the apartheid era so bad? Because of the: Passbooks issue? The discrimination of gender & color? Racism and it's remarks? In-equality? The beatings and unrest? Lack of education? All of the above are still challenges... Which haven't been attended to. Not so? If you go to the bank, what is the first thing they ask you? Your ID book(Passbook), Before you apply for a job you need to check if it's not a EE position (Black/Female), Songs are sung by youths that call to arms (Kill the Boer/Farmer), If you apply to go to university you are not allowed to study your field because certain groups get preference, Marikana is good example of unrest, People get beat up, violently murdered and raped on a daily basis. (And this happens to all South Africans) So what is different now? Nothing and no it's not reverse Apartheid... What we lack is Discipline (@Home), Leadership, Strong Law's which makes you think twice before you try to commit a crime. Without these pillars our temple would certainly collapse.

  • LoeyLC - 2012-11-16 14:15

    i still think the greatest wrong our government chooses to never correct is with the elderly. so many cant even have a decent living at their old age, state pension is just too little. its like tough times will end for them.

  • george.mnisi.31 - 2012-11-16 16:42

    They should be tired because they don't understand the damage caused by apartheid. They are busy smoking nyaope and other drugs to even realize what they are saying. Apartheid is an evil thing which I will blame for the next 45 years. Just like the African Americans who are still empoverished because of slavery.

      johan.fou - 2012-11-16 18:36

      Well, I guess it was only a matter of time until the trolls started coming out. LOL

      sylvia.nortje - 2012-11-16 19:40

      Thank goodness they are smoking nyaope instead of raping babies and older women and killing their own people and farmers who put food on our tables. Believe me I will also remember the reversed apartheid that we have been through the last 18 years fo the next 45 years to come and more!!! The African Americans do have a choice to leave - they can come to South Africa...

      biltong.eldest - 2012-11-16 19:42

      Yeah, Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama are two excellent examples of those poor African Americans still impoverished because of slavery.

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-11-17 13:00

      Yes we can see how Apartheid has damaged your brain for the last 18yrs.....

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-16 16:58

    The electoral system has to be changed and those elected to represent and serve the people must do just that. At the moment, downright victimisation, censure and possibly even death awaits those who don't toe a party line. If any progress is to be made in trying to achieve a better life for all, 'obeying the masters voice or lose everything' is not the future that can work.

  • - 2012-11-16 18:23

    they are bang on the money, the youth. look forwards , get clever , make money and vote for a party that will deliver, look forward to a huge future and not a forgotten past

  • Lesego Wesinyana - 2012-11-16 19:51

    How come we voted for dis democracy, but when our leaders has 2 deliver da always has 2 b the xcuse about the apartheit regime. We r now in a full 18 yrs of our democracy, bt even 2day u will hear the stories bwt wat apartheit done. So our leaders should barn the word apartheit cos i think its long being baried, lt the past b the past, the present b the present n same applies 2 the future

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-11-16 20:05

    About time everyone woke up - the poor excuse that apartheid is still to blame for all the failings of the ANC is slowly but surely beginning to be exposed.

  • mike.jankelowitz - 2012-11-16 23:49

    It is time that the people made themselves known. Education is being denied to people and the youth must make a stand. Time that the ANC wake up to the fact that their falling back on antiquated and false ways of running this country will no longer be accepted. Apartheid died many years ago. Time that proper governing and integiy make a comeback before its too late. Stand tall Youth, you are the future leaders and must take responsibility now. Use your vote wisely.

  • lindiann.hertzog.9 - 2012-11-17 07:48

    Thank goodness some are seeing the light. Yes apartheid was real, but I (and so many other young people) CANNOT be held responsible / blamed for what my forefathers did, because I wasn't alive and therefore did not partake in it, BUT I can be held responsible for my actions towards other people now, and that is the key to it all.

  • kyle.chetty3 - 2012-11-17 11:09

    Well its up to everybody who cares to promote the voting of another party, if everybody encourages another person we can change!

  • jimmy.kawa.1 - 2012-11-17 15:36

    this is how they feel. when will they take a stand and fight this corrupt system?

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-11-17 16:13

    NO do something about it and stop voting for a party that will continue to use that excuse for all the problems they are causing. get rid of the current anc and bring a party that will do something to make this country what it should be a powerful nation lead by respected leaders

  • corne.koekemoer.1 - 2012-11-17 19:09

    Never taught this day will come in my lifetime

  • kedebeer - 2012-11-17 21:42

    Hou weet julle hoe moeg is ons blankes daarvoor

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-12-17 09:36

    Hallelujah.People are now seeing the true colours of the ANc.They are self enriching,useless "people". Get rid of them and get a party in that will do the job properly.Sure nobody's perfect,but they are way beyond any chance of recovery.

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