Unemployed youths picket outside City Hall, want answers from Mayor


A group of angry unemployed youths on Monday protested outside the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality offices at City Hall demanding audience with Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan over their grievances.

Speaking to RNews, the youths said that they submitted a memorandum detailing their grievances, chief among them being jobs, to the municipality on Thursday, last week, but had not received a response. They said that the Metro must also lessen the job requirements on its vacancies, which was hindering many young people from applying for job openings.

“Our main concern now is that, here, in Port Elizabeth, there’s been municipal vacancies posts with unreasonable requirements, they require work experience whereas most of the youth only have matric. We are saying they should reduce the requirements to benefit everyone,” said Loyiso Sinethemba Bebe 

The youths said that they will not be taking part in the 2016 Local Government Elections, which are scheduled for Wednesday, if their grievances are not answered.

“We are not going to vote for any political party on Wednesday, not until we receive a straight forward answer from mayor, Danny Jordaan. We will continue coming here every day until our demands are met,” said Bebe

“Government is not any doors for us. We were told to go to school and we did; now we just only need experiential training from the government departments to complete our studies but we are getting no help,” said Phumeza Mkhubukeni, a Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’ final student.

She added that Mayor must come forward and communicate with the youths and so that they do not lose faith in him and in the ruling party.

The Mayor’s Office promised to look at the matter and get back to them before the end of the day [Monday].