Alliance Calls For Ministers Over 60 To Step Down


The Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) has come together to call for change to be made in government leadership.

The PYA is calling for Ministers over the age of 60 to resign and make way for younger people to be in positions of power. 

The Alliance includes the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and the South African Students Congress (SASCO), among others. 

Members of the PYA recently marched to the Finance Ministry offices to demand for Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni to step down. 

"I think we are clear that all public servants across the spectrum must resign and must retire at the age of 60 so we can't have lawmakers who are above the age of 60" said SASCO General Secretary, Buthanani Thobela.

ANC Youth League National Convenor, Joy Maimela said the Minister has made questionable decisions during his term as Finance Minister.

These decisions have, according to Maimela, impacted negatively on young people.

"We are concerned about his posture, his arrogance, his attitude especially with some of the decisions that are taken by the Ministry that he leads which we believe impacts negatively on young people. For example, cutting budgets that are meant to develop skills for young people, cutting education budgets. Also cutting budgets that are meant to stimulate economic activity so that young people can get jobs" said Maimela.

The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey done by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has also highlighted problems of unemployment in the country. 

The survey revealed that the national unemployment rate is 32.6%, with 9.3% of graduates struggling to find employment.

All eyes are on government this month, as Youth Month is in full swing. Government is expected to use this time to take action and address the issue of youth unemployment in the country, as  3.5 million young people in the country are employed. 




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