Last week Thursday marked the 46th anniversary of the “June 16 Uprising” in which hundreds of young South Africans in Soweto paid the ultimate price at the hands of the Apartheid police when they stood up for freedom.
46 years later, young people still fighting to have themselves heard – to be afforded their right to access and equality.
46 years later, the plight of the young continues to fall on deaf ears.
Unemployment for those between the ages of 15 – 25 years of age is a staggering 63%. What kind of message does this send to our youth?
Would these odds of getting ahead inspire you? I think not.
To quote the author, Anthony Horowitz:
“Childhood, after all, is the first precious coin that poverty steals from a child.”
It is little wonder we see substance abuse among this same demographic skyrocketing.
In the first three months of this year, Madam Speaker, 45 young people were killed in this province – an 80% increase for the same period a year ago.
What kind of society do we live in where the young are killed with such wanton destruction of life?
How can we face ourselves when this is the world we have bequeathed to our young?
This is not the society that those who marched and died fought for.
It is time that this government stopped attempting to paper over the gaping crevasses before we have an entire generation lost to ANC ineptitude.
I thank you.