- President Cyril Ramaphosa is reflecting on the youth of the nation ahead of Youth Day on Tuesday
- The president said that, while it was tempting to be nostalgic, comparing the youth of today to those who fought for the liberation of SA is pointless
- Ramaphosa said that young citizens are on their own mission, much like the youth of yesteryear
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has touched on the contribution of the youth ahead of the upcoming Youth Day celebrations.
In his weekly letter to South Africa, Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of society's youth:
"The words of Frantz Fanon that ‘each generation must discover its mission’ come to mind every time I have an opportunity to speak with young South Africans. No matter where they live and no matter what they do, they each have a burning desire to change the world. While they certainly want to improve their own lives, they also want to achieve a better society and a better world. They see themselves as agents for fundamental transformation."
READ ALSO: Ramaphosa calls for the silence to end: Report gender-based violence
Ramaphosa explained that, while it was tempting to reflect on past struggles, it was comparing two very different eras:
"Those of us who were part of student movements during the apartheid era are often asked what we think of the young people of today. There is a temptation to retreat into nostalgia about ‘the glory days’ of student politics and youth struggle, never to be replicated. But just as the youth of yesteryear defined their mission, today’s youth have defined theirs. South African youth of 2020 more than meet the high standard set by their predecessors."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa recently called on SA to end the silence concerning gender-based violence.
In his letter, Ramaphosa urged young men to lead the resistance in this regard:
"While this needs society-wide action, I call on young men in particular to take up the struggle against gender-based violence. Unless we end the war that is being waged against South African women, the dream of a new society will remain elusive."
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