- EFF leader Julius Malema believes that the government is responsible for the high rate of drug use among the youth of South Africa
- He said that young people are turning to drugs to escape the harsh realities of life in South Africa, particularly the high rate of unemployment and crime
- Malema holds President Cyril Ramaphosa responsible for the current situation and said that unemployment has increased while he has been in power
Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema has pinned the blame on government for South Africa's high unemployment as a key reason for the high rate of drug use among the youth.
He believes that young people are turning to drugs to escape the harsh realities of life in South Africa such as unemployment and crime.
Malema went further and held President Cyril Ramaphosa personally responsible for the high drug use in the country. He said that since Ramaphosa took office, unemployment has risen and no progress has been made.
The EFF leader was speaking in Parliament on Wednesday during the debate on the vote on the presidency's budget according to Times Live.
Corruption remains a problem
Ramaphosa admitted that a lot of work still needs to be done in reply to the debate on the presidency budget vote.
Opposition parties want Ramaphosa to take a tougher stance on corruption, particularly in light of the current scandal surrounding the Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize.
Earlier Briefly News reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that he and Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize spoke about the Digital Vibes matter. Ramaphosa stated that the minister was in full cooperation with the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) probe.
The SIU is investigating allegations of corruption involving a R150 million irregular tender contract that was handed to Digital Vibes by the Department of Health. Two of Mkhize's close associates allegedly own the company.
There is a lot going on with the ruling party from the step-aside rule all the way to the Health Minister's scandal. President Ramaphosa finds himself at the centre of these issues while still tackling the looming third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reports of kickbacks
In other news, recent reports have revealed that Digital Vibes purchased a vehicle for Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize's son. Documents obtained by a well-known media publication show that Digital Vibes transferred R160 000 to a car dealership in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
The money was for a 2003 Toyota Land Cruiser and the vehicle was registered under Dedani Mkhize. Social media images revealed that the vehicle is being used at a farm near PMB, owned by Dedani.
Digital Vibes has been a company name on many lips since allegations of corruption involving them and Dr Mkhize arose. Digital Vibes allegedly bagged a corrupt R150 million contract from the Department of Health.
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