Afriforum: Plight of young people doesn’t bother ANC

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 15, 2015

Afrikaner civil rights organisation, Afriforum, has accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of showing little interest in the country’s young people after a poorly attended joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces in Parliament last Friday.

In a statement, the organisation’s deputy leader for youth development, Eduan Dupper, said that only 30% of Parliament’s members attended the sitting, and while each speaker had identified certain problems facing the youth, no one could provide a plausible solution to resolve them.

He also took a swipe at Deputy Minister in Presidency, Buti Manamela, for portraying the ANC as an organisation caring about the youth and providing for all regardless of race, when it implements policies such as affirmative action and quotas relating to sport and university acceptance.

Dupper stated that government’s plan to have one million youths taking part in its National Youth Service Plan in just over two years would a remain an unreachable dream, and that Manamela’s claims of R29-million having been paid out to 1 043 young people, needs prove as the vast majority of 15-24 year olds are still unemployed.

“These figures are not only worrying but they also provide the clearest indication yet that the ANC-led government has no feasible resolution to reverse the current situation. If the problem of youth unemployment is not quickly addressed, the country will continue to be plagued by violence,” Dupper said.

 

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