AFRICA/SOUTH AFRICA - "Dangerous levels of unemployed youth but there is no political culture to tackle the problem"

Friday, 5 May 2017 justice   economy   youth  

Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) - "There is not much to celebrate when millions of young people in the country remain unemployed and desperate", denounces His Exc. Mgr. Abel Gabuza, Bishop of Kimberly and chair person of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, in a statement published on the occasion of International Labor Day on 1 May.
The President of "Justice and Peace" added that "youth unemployment in our country has now reached dangerous levels, with many of our unemployed youth now being highly exposed to drug abuse, human trafficking, recruitment to life of crime and manipulation by unscrupulous politicians who recruit them for violent protests and political destabilisation".
Mgr. Gabuza has therefore called on the government to review the youth wage subsidy because the youth wage
subsidy will remain "a costly and unsustainable venture which subsidizes the private companies and boosts their profit margins, without creating an enforceable obligation on the part of private companies to develop a certain level of skills and retain a certain percentage of young people as permanent employees".
Only a radical economic transformation can lower the current levels of youth unemployment, emphasizes the Bishop. "Unfortunately, notes Bishop Gabuza - the current culture of political leadership, which is rooted in corruption and patronage politics, lacks the ethical capacity to realize such a radical and inclusive economic transformation". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 5/5/2017)