9 June 2014

South Africa: SA Youth Demand End to Inequality, Exploitation

The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) urged the government to speedily address the widening gap of inequality, unemployment and poverty in order to render a bright future for youth youths.

Commemorating Youth Day on Monday, National YCLSA spokesperson, Khaya Xaba, said young people were the most affected by unemployment while those employed were exploited.

“We call on our government to speedily deal with the persistently high levels of inequality, unemployment and poverty which are among the highest in the world.

"The government must also move decisively and to open a new chapter through which practices such as labour brokering must be abolished,” said Xaba.

He called on more investments in education and skills development.

“The government must tackle the private sector, which is the dominant section of our economy, to open the workplace as a learning space for graduate trainee programs, apprenticeships, internships, experiential training, recognition of prior learning and other work-based training,"
Xaba said.

He argued that the private was the single largest consumer of education and skills since the 1990s, but also accused the private sector of increasing "neoliberal globalization" in production that had effect on youths.

Xaba accused company owners, who allegedly control the means of production of only interested in accumulating huge profits by allegedly exploiting young people of South Africa.

“More and more the private sector has become a complainant about lack of skills, but it is virtually doing nothing compared to this outcry to develop the skills of the South African workforce.

"The reality is that without access to the workplace which is prohibited by the private sector (almost at every workplace there hangs a notice: "No jobs" if not "No entry") our schools, colleges and universities will produce graduates who lack workplace experience," Xaba said.

Xaba said the youth were also the most affected by HIV/AIDS with young women the hardest hit.

“We applaud the efforts made by the government in implementing a decisive antiretroviral therapy and prevention of mother to child transmission.

"The youth in particular must turn on themselves robustly and behave responsibly, abstain or stop unprotected sexual conduct. By so doing the youth will contribute in reducing and stopping the rate of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.” - CAJ News

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