YOUTH IN POLITICS DISCUSS THE FUTURE
By: Andile Nxumalo
Youth organizations of five major political parties in South Africa locked horns on Friday in the discussion of youth development.
Five representatives from EFF, ANC, NFP, DA and IFP were debating issues facing the youth of today at the Cane Growers Hall, ML Sultan Campus, under the theme ‘Who is afraid of young people in a democratic South Africa.’
DA’s Mbali Ntuli said the party will focus on better education for all and provide jobs for the unemployed.
“The education in this country is in serious trouble and if it continues this way, we’ll have people being qualified but public education schooling system will be ineffective because of incompetency. Free education is also our prime factor which we plan to work on until 2029 as the DA, said Ntuli.
ANC’s Mandla Shange said education was important for young people so that they can participate in making sure that we get ‘economic freedom in our lifetime.’
Chairperson of Young Emerging Leaders(YEL), Siphephelo Mthembu, said that the conference stimulated the discussions which are based on common issues of the youth. The
YEL aims to provide a platform for young people to find their own ground and create the culture of excellency in leadership for today’s youth,” said Mthembu.