High time for Dlamini-Zuma to retire – DA

Henry

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister in the presidency responsible for women, youth and persons with disabilities, announced this past weekend that she will be resigning as a member of parliament and minister.

The 74-year-old minister, who is one of South Africa’s longest-serving cabinet members and members of parliament, said she would not return to parliament after this year’s election.

Dlamini-Zuma is one of the few politicians to have served in the cabinets of all five presidents since 1994.

However, the DA youth league says it is high time she retires from public service as she, “like her predecessors, has done nothing significant to tackle the issues facing young people”.

Lindokuhle Sixabayi, interim federal deputy chairman of the DA Youth League, says that for many years the DA youth has highlighted the mismanagement of the national youth development agency – which is overseen by the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities – but little has been done about it.

“The current minister had an opportunity to deal with these issues and still has time to do so,” she says.

It is the national youth development agency’s mandate to tackle the socio-economic conditions of the youth of South Africa.

However, the DA youth league says it is interesting to see that this agency is suddenly working hard in Mbombela where the ANC held its 112-year celebrations last weekend. Sixabayi is worried that the sudden job loop is an election gimmick, rather than something that will last in the long run.

“There will come a time when the youth of South Africa will finally say ‘enough is enough’ and this year’s elections offer us that opportunity.”