19 January 2013
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson,
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, has blasted President Zuma for his
"outright failure to address youth challenges".
Hlengwa was speaking during the Gauteng IFPYB
Leadership workshop, in Johannesburg.
"South Africa is faced with the unfortunate
situation of having a highly incompetent and fast failing
President, particularly when it comes to issues of youth
development. President Zuma's tenure has been characterized by
an outright failure to address youth challenges. He is most
definitely not fit to govern," said Hlengwa.
The high levels of unemployment among the
youth ranks high on the list of challenges facing our country,
yet very little is being done by the President to address this
"In 2009 Mr Zuma promised that he would create
half a million jobs, instead over a million jobs were lost. In
2010 he introduced the Youth Wage Subsidy, which has never seen
the light of day. He buckled under the selfish interests of
Cosatu, at the expense of the millions who are jobless," added
He continued, "Just over a week ago Mr Zuma's
inner-corrupt self broke his silence when told businesses that
supporting the ANC would multiply the fortunes of that
business. This statement is reckless and irresponsible,
especially coming from the President of the country, but it's
not surprising because Mr Zuma still has a dark cloud hanging
over his head for his blatant refusal to have his day in court
and answer to corruption charges levelled against him."
The National Youth Development Agency is
almost 10 months without a board now and Mr Zuma's silence in
this regard is deafening.
"Moreover, in 2009, when announcing the
cabinet Mr Zuma made a provision for a youth ministry but that
never got off the ground, he buckled under pressure from
somewhere," said Hlengwa.
He added, "Under Mr Zuma the youth of this
country has had to put up with inconsistency, flip-flopping,
backtracking, empty promises and lies.
Zuma is not fit to govern."
On 24 February 2013 Parliament is
provisionally scheduled to debate the motion of no-confidence in
President Zuma. Hlengwa said "For the love of my country, and
deep concern about the plight of the youth of our country when
the motion of no confidence is debated I will most definitely
vote in favour of a no-confidence vote against Zuma. The IFP has
not arrived at the decision to vote Zuma out easily but because
we care about this country we will support any move to remove
Zuma for his glaring failures to lead this country, offer hope
and give direction."
Hlengwa called on the Youth of South Africa to
correct the Mangaung mistake. "If the motion of no-confidence
does not succeed then the youth of our country will have to
correct the mistake of electing Zuma in Mangaung by ensuring
that Zuma is not re-elected in 2014," he concluded.
MKHULEKO HLENGWA MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson,Tel +27
(0) 31 365 1318