In South Africa, the black youths are waifs, a nothing, and a no man in their own country.
Let me perhaps put it on record that I fully support Julius Malema’s call on economic freedom especially in our lifetime. On Thursday (the 27th of October) scores of youth supported a march organised by ANCYL, South Africa’s ruling party’s youth wing, even I was going to march to the chamber of mines and to the bourse if I had spent the previous day in the street corner basking in the sun while marvelling at every passing luxury car owned by bourgeois from some leafy suburbs.
It makes perfect sense to me that most of – if not all – of the protestors were black youth. The lives and the conditions of black youth in this country have reached an appalling state marked by hopelessness and helplessness. The black youths are waifs, a nothing, and a no man in their own country. An action of some sort is needed; hence the march to the said houses is justified.
The fight for economic emancipation does not mean fighting against a certain race group, the action that might polarise the country even further, but rather the fight against the ruling government’s failing to address the issues that affect young people’s lives and that include the case of unemployment amongst other things. It also does not mean taking from one race group to the other – As far as I know that’s a crime and it is tried before the court of law.
Black youth in this country are showered by gloom and despondency and that is largely attributed to the failing of state policies on youth empowerment. The gross economic inequality needs to be addressed as matter of urgency before the youth of this country follow the example of their counterparts in the Arab nations. I hope that the ruling party is aware that it only takes one tweet to topple the government, as it was the case in Tunisia.
The black youths are waifs, a nothing, and a no man in their own country.
The economic inequalities bring further sufferings in young people’s lives. Teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, unemployment and to borrow a line from Mr Thabo Mbeki (….and so on and so forth and stuff like that) contributes to a deteriorating standard of living and quality of life in black people’s communities, hence they will always support initiatives like that organised by the ANCYL on Thursday.
If we want to see less crime, less service delivery protests, more children who can read and write, we thus need to address the issue of economic inequality in a more robust and transparent way. By that I mean all government and business organs need to address the issue of unemployment immediately before one angry youth update his twitter status to show his frustration.
In no way am I suggesting that unemployment affect only black youth, but it is clear that it affects them more than any other race in this country with figures standing at about 7% of white unemployment and a staggering 30% of blacks are unemployed.
It is a tragedy and a travesty that black youth continues suffering economically despite the fact that most of them have the means and the skills to end poverty they experience in their daily lives. Most of them have university degrees, but yet they spend a better part of their day basking in the sun. The brains remain unused, what a crime not to grant them equal access to job and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The economic conditions of black youth in South Africa are agonising in every sense of the word!!!