South Africans on social fired shots at the ANC, saying that the party was an “old age home” because its leaders are mostly over the age of 60.
Political satirist and self-appointed Commander-in-Chief of Twitter, @advBarryRoux, noted that Gift Moerane, the newly elected mayor of Emfuleni, is 64-years -old. He says that even at a municipal level, the ANC is still appointing “pensioners” in positions of authority.
@AdvBarryRoux questioned were the ANC’s youth representation was.
South Africans took the opportunity to have fun with @AdvBarryRoux’s conversation starter, saying that if all the magogos and madalas were to retire from their positions, there would be more opportunities for the youth to find employment, Briefly.co.za found.
More users chimed in, saying that hiring elderly people is simply inefficient because they won’t even come to work, but would be taking sick leave all the time.
Taking a more serious turn, many Twitter user’s pointed out that in most countries around the world, politics is still an old people’s game. The youth are then expected to be out in the prefesional world, obtaining skills and experience that will make them effective leaders when they get older.
Ntshidi Likhetete commented that the youth in Emfuleni have been somewhat marginalised in the political realm. She says that the youth in the region don’t have a platform to address issues that concern them because the elderly politicians are always interfering. She adds that this is even the case with the Youth League in Emfuleni.
Tabana Mojelef argued that it didn't really matter that the ANC is comprise of elderly people because it is the youth of the country continue to vote the ANC into power, and therefore chose to have the party represent their interest.
Many users also asserted that the onus is on the youth to take responsibility and become active in politics, making themselves heard. One user points out that since Julius Malema defected from the party, the youth have been quiet. Adding to this, many people pointed out that a large portion of the youth are part of EFF, following in Juju’s reactionary footsteps.
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