IFP Head Office: Monday, 06 May 2013
The National Executive Committee of the IFP
Youth Brigade met on Sunday, 05 May 2013 arising out of the
meeting the NEC hereby issues this media statement:
for the 2014 National General Elections, which is by and
large a youth election, and with our sights firmly set on the
recapturing of KwaZulu-Natal and getting 10%+ of the national vote
over the next two months, we will be reviving, rebuilding and
strengthening all our structures to ensure that they are ready
for the election battle. We want to run a seamless campaign,
that is fully responsive to the collective wishes, dreams and
aspirations of South Africa's young people.
We therefore welcome the National Council Task
Team dispatched to strengthen our efforts and ensure better
co-ordination of our activities as a Party.
We have charged SADESMO to prioritise the
"born-frees", who are an integral part of the next election. The
many problems confronting institutions of higher learning need a
student movement that will champion the cause of students with
unwavering commitment. SADESMO is that students' movement.
Unemployment and joblessness remains a major
challenge for a majority of young people. No effort should be
spared in getting young people to work.
In 2011, we began extensive work on our Youth
Economic Empowerment which seeks to place youth at the centre of
economic growth and economic development through direct
investment into youth skills, knowledge and expertise training
and development. Youth Economic Empowerment strives to make
youth active participants of economic growth and economic
The five key priority areas of YEE are:
a) Education and skills development
b) Sports, arts, culture and recreation
c) Sustainable business and entrepreneurship
growth and development
d) Social development and moral regeneration
e) Agricultural productivity & rural
Through the YEE document we are charting a clear
and new direction of youth employment which rises above the
petty ideological divides of "isms", and deal directly and
specifically with youth centred development.
The YEE places a heavy emphasis on self-help
The draft document is now complete and will be
dispatched to all our structures for further input and
We are off the view that political freedom
needs to be translated in opportunities and access of economic
and social sustainable livelihoods for all. We therefore cannot
stand by and watch those in power loot the country, whilst they
sing the NDP 2030 economic emancipation lullaby to the poor. We
no longer have the patience. We are no longer prepared to wait.
If anything 2030 is today. We are no longer prepared to
accept the "blame apartheid" rhetoric; 19 years is a long time.
The ongoing standoff between the Minister of
Basic Education and SADTU poses the greatest threat to the
collective plight of black learners who are bearing the brutal
brunt of the go-slow by SADTU teachers. We condemn SADTU's
go-slow in the strongest possible terms. When teachers "sneeze",
it is learners that catch the cold.
The continued politicisation of unions has
eroded important checks and balances, and because of its
influence in the tripartite alliance, SADTU has become a law
unto itself. We call on SADTU members to return to class and
resume the process of learning and teaching with the necessary
speed and urgency for the sake of our children.
The IFP Youth Brigade continues to call for
the creation of a Youth Ministry with a fully fledged department
in all 3 spheres of government to ensure that the collective
plight of young people is accounted for in the decision making
and policy formulation processes of our country.
Our participation in the NYDA does not in any
way negate our position on this matter. Whilst we appreciate the
good intentions of the newly-elected board we remain resolute
and evermore convinced that the NYDA is far less than that which
the youth of South Africa deserve. We participate in the NYDA
because we believe that we cannot be bystanders when it comes to
youth development. We will continue to hold the NYDA
accountable. We are still awaiting the findings of the Public
Protector on the matter of the R106 million taxpayer money spent
on the infamous "kissing festival" held at great cost to the
already struggling South Africa.
For further information, please contact:
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
National Chairperson: IFP Youth Brigade
083 871 2711