In what might have been a blooper, the African National Congress (ANC) posted a statement on Twitter promising to create “Unemployment” for the youth. The ANC said they will do what they are good at and restore the dignity of women. Shortly after realizing the mistake, a correction update was posted.
However amicable the promise of doing what is good and creating employment for the youth, the ANC once again are posting empty promises. The unemployment rate in South Africa is high, approximately 27 percent of people are jobless. Most of the unemployed are youths who have little or no education and lack experience.
There is no clear indication of how the ANC will create jobs, especially for the youth. Getting the young people to attend school and study at institutions of higher education is problematic. The current events leading up to the burning of schools, and universities although disgraceful, tells a story of no interest in obtaining an education. The government does not provide textbooks, motivate students to study and ignores the poverty of the people. Some students are too poor to pay for an education and demoralized at the lack of attention from the government.
Now the ANC will create employment, and it is a guessing game of how the ruling party will accomplish this plan. What is the strategy of the ANC, is there a possibility that unemployed youngsters will be allowed to work in government facilities. Will the government open up training centres and teach the youth skills. So many questions and the same issues that have been pondered for years.
With the local elections looming, the ANC will once again, promise not only the youth but all South African a better life. A pledge of a life filled with good governance, less corruption and not as much crime. The voters will remain gullible and tricked into believing the promises of a government that has a track record of discontent. Once again the ANC will tell the people of South Africa how well the ruling party has governed and tell the good story.
Jacob Zuma once said “It’s cold outside of the ANC”, and he told the truth. It is cold outside, and there are millions of people who will confirm that it is true. There is the elite that is warm within the ANC, and it’s all from the abuse, corruption, fraud, and entitlement. The promise of employment, and whatever other benefits the ANC will toss at the voters is another empty undertaking to keep the elite in power. Yes, the ANC might keep the unemployed people hanging onto a promise, for the next two months.
Laura Oneale - South Africa Today – South Africa News