Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, claims that the nation's youth are still not truly free of the confines of apartheid's grip. The opposition head says that the 'rank failure' of the state to provide education and employment is the modern discrimination of the youth.
Mmusi Maimane's Youth Day message claimed that 'rank failure' in government was the modern equivalent of 1976's language discrimination against young people.
43 years after the Soweto uprisings, the youth are still forced to fight a system that excludes them and locks them out of opportunities, Maimane said:
“Our young people are still not truly free, and their prospects for a bright and successful future dwindle with each passing day. Four out of five children in Grade 4 cannot comprehend what they read thanks to our education system, which is consistently ranked among the worst in the world."
TimesLIVE reports that the opposition leader says that this disadvantage follows many young people around for the remainder of their lives, with two-thirds of locals under the age of 24 unable to secure employment:
"Many of them eventually give up looking. Since 2008, at least 563 young people have joined the ranks of the unemployed each day."
Instead of pointing fingers at the government, Maimane wants to seek solutions to this 'national crisis':
"We must collaborate in Parliament, in government, in business, in labour, and in civil society, to fix this exclusionary system and empower our young people."
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