The Free State Provincial Legislature held a Youth Parliament in celebration of Youth Month in Bloemfontein this morning.
Speaker of the Legislature, Ntombizanele Sifuba, during a virtual sitting on social media called upon young people to actively take part in fighting present issues, including gender based violence (GBV) and rife levels of unemployment.
“After 1994 young people were able to get rights but hose rights have responsibilities. One of them includes the right to life.
The President likened GBV to the Covid-19 pandemic and almost every day we wake up to the news of a woman or child who was raped and killed,” she said.
“We are call on all the youth to take up this challenge and overcome it because we can’t have a better tomorrow if these violations continue,” added the Speaker. She added that the right of people in the LGBTI community also have to be respected.
According to Sifuba, the Covid-19 pandemic has made a negative impact on the local economy lowering the levels of youth unemployment even further. However, she expressed that young people today can look on the past achievements of South African youth in engineering, sport, arts and other sectors to find encouragement.
“Those young people show that young people can achieve what they want and make great contributions to their country. As we face unemployment in the province and many young people can’t rely on a regular salary we encourage them to enter into business and take advantage of middle class consumers,” she explained.
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