MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

 


IFPYB COMMENT ON PLANNED ANC YOUTH LEAGUE MASS ACTION

June 8, 2005

The IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson, Thulasizwe Buthelezi, today commented on the planned ANC Youth League mass action campaign.

Thulasizwe Buthelezi said, "The IFP Youth Brigade supports all initiatives that seek to address the challenge of youth unemployment in this country. The crisis of joblessness is escalating on a daily basis, and it is the young people of this country that bear the brunt of this social malady."

"The IFP Youth Brigade urges the ANC Youth League therefore to begin their planned mass action at Luthuli House, and demand from the ANC the one million jobs that the ANC promised the young people of this country in their 2004 election manifesto, through the Expanded Public Works Programme."

"The ANC Youth League will be exercising the highest form of political deception if it does not demand from the ANC government first what it has done to create jobs for the youth of South Africa, before it embarks on its rolling mass action to business. The ANC Youth League cannot go around barking at big business and howling at the private sector to create jobs for the youth, while it does not hold the ANC government to account for the unfulfilled promises it has made to the young people of South Africa."

"These self-appointed custodians of the youth need to go out to young people on the ground where they will experience first hand the anger and sense of frustration that the youth of this country feels towards the ANC government."

"The IFP Youth Brigade will continue to lead the struggle to create a national Ministry of Youth Affairs and will continue in its fight to abolish the useless Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the elitist National Youth Commission", Thulasizwe Buthelezi concluded.

For further information contact:
Thulasizwe Buthelezi, IFPYB National Chairperson
083 482 7936