RESIDENTS of Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region plan to stage a peaceful demonstration over unemployed youth at the town and in the region here tomorrow.
This was decided after a community meeting held in the Krönlein residential area on Tuesday, attended by around 60 people and chaired by local resident Maxie Minnaar.
The group agreed to hand over a petition detailing their concerns to the //Karas governor, Lucia Basson.
They expressed disappointment that people from other regions are being employed in the south, while the locals are unemployed.
"Why do they have to bring people from outside? My son has qualifications and has been applying for years now, and no reply on all those applications to government entities. Why must it always be someone from outside?" questioned one elder at the meeting.
The group claimed that the public recruitment system excludes them. If they have to apply for jobs in other regions, there is an indigenous language requirement, the meeting participants charged, but if posts are advertised in the south, such requirement is not there.
The residents also queried why the government is now employing the 'struggle kids' after reports that there is no money and that new government posts would be frozen.
"Firstly, they told us there is no money, which is why many posts were frozen. Now where did the money come from for the placing of the 'struggle kids' and without any interviews?" asked one youth.
The group felt that it is not fair for the 'struggle kids' to be handed jobs while others have to go to school, study, look for work, apply and undergo interviews before being employed.
They condemned the common phrase thrown around that "the people from the south are lazy".
"We are not lazy, we are hardworking people," pronounced one young man forcefully.
Another meeting was planned for Tseiblaagte residential area today to mobilise people ahead of the planned demonstration.