24 July 2014.
The IFP Youth Brigade is encouraged by the
statements made by President Zuma during his reply to the budget
debate of the Presidency.
"The President stated that there is a Youth
Ministry, located in the department of Planning, Monitoring and
Evaluation. The one issue that remains is that of establishing
it" said IFPYB National Chairperson, Mr.Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
The IFP Youth Brigade has been fighting for a
Youth Ministry to be established since 1997 and the
acknowledgement, in principle, by the President that plans exist
to make this happen gives hope that there is light at the end of
"Details from the President were very sketchy
on how the department will work towards making it a full-fledged
ministry working for the youth. However, we see this is a victory for the
youth brigade as well as for the youth of South Africa as a
whole" said Hlengwa.
"Such a ministry will allow for the voices of
the youth to be heard and their ideas to be incorporated into
the national discourse of nation building. We await with great
anticipation to hear what steps will be taken to translate talk
of a youth ministry into reality"
"As the custodians of the Youth Ministry idea,
we are readily available to assist in its implementation" said
Contact: IFPYB Chairperson, Mr Mkhuleko
Hlengwa MP, 083 871 2711