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16 June 2013

Youth Day (June 16): South Africa’s jobless youth victims of ‘prostitution of politics’?

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

It is yet another June 16 public holiday in South Africa – ‘Youth Day’ – a day that commemorates the massacre of Soweto pupils in 1976 by the apartheid killing machine.

Like anywhere in Africa, South African politicians rose up in this occasion to feed their die-hard followers with demagogic rhetoric and empty promises.

And while they did that, a huge section of young people out there – educated and uneducated and living on the margins of society – were watching from the sidelines.  Probably wondering how in the Lord’s name they will get out of the cycle of poverty and unequality that have been choking them for years.

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Source: Moon of the South

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)