Look ahead, top DA man tells pupils

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - ASANDA SOKANYILE

HUN­DREDS of Khayelit­sha and Mfu­leni res­i­dents gathered at Nt­langu Bi­son High School in Site C, Khayelit­sha yes­ter­day, for a brief Youth Day ad­dress by DA Western Cape act­ing leader and MEC for Hu­man Set­tle­ment Bonginkosi Madik­izela.

The crowd, mostly dressed in blue DA T-shirts, sang Strug­gle songs, cheered and danced as they waited for Madik­izela to de­liver his speech.

The politi­cian said the big­gest prob­lems fac­ing youth were gang­ster­ism, drugs and un­em­ploy­ment.

“While it is im­por­tant to know about the past, we need to forge ahead and look into the fu­ture. We must know the past but not live in it,” Madik­izela said.

He added the DA in the prov­ince was mak­ing progress in tack­ling un­em­ploy­ment, and that there were 32 000 trainee ar­ti­sans in the city which his depart­ment would “use in fu­ture hous­ing projects”.

How­ever, scores of young chil­dren in at­ten­dance ap­peared tired and un­aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of the event, with some even fall­ing asleep.

Esona Mzik­izi, a Grade 4 pupil, said she was at the event be­cause her teach­ers had told them to go. She said she would rather have been play­ing with friends.

Nomsa Ny­ongo told Week­end Ar­gus she hoped more young peo­ple would take part in such events so they could chal­lenge gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials for them­selves.

The mother of three teenage boys said none of her chil­dren would be able to go to ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions as the fam­ily could not af­ford it.

“My 19-year-old has been at home since 2015 and has lost hope of get­ting a job. His brother fin­ished ma­tric last year and the last-born is in Grade 11.

“You hear about these op­por­tu­ni­ties the min­is­ter speaks of, but they al­ways go to a se­lect few,” said Ny­ongo.

Mean­while, a group of young peo­ple in Khayelit­sha were pack­ing blan­kets, build­ing ma­te­ri­als and food on an open field they had been at­tempt­ing to in­vade.

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