Premier Stan Mathabatha has urged young people to refrain from alcohol and substance abuse, teenage sex and pregnancy, laziness and the demon of easy-going in order for them to realise economic freedom. Mathabatha addressed Provincial Youth Day Celebrations at the University of Venda Stadium on Tuesday.
“I can assure you that economic freedom will remain a distant dream or even a nightmare if you do not confront these challenges head on,” Mathabatha said with reference to the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse, teenage sex and pregnancies, laziness and an easy-going attitude.
He stressed that he expected young people to become the torch bearers in a campaign to mobilise the youth against crime and drugs. “Young people carry the obligation to spread the message of a positive, healthy lifestyle amongst the youth. You must be a generation that makes education fashionable. You must seize the opportunities that came with our freedom and democracy to equip yourselves with skills which you will use to advance the development of the country. Without education you will not be able to seize the many opportunities that are availed to you,” Mathabatha told his audience.
At the same time Economic Freedom Fighters Commander in Chief, Julius Malema also urged young people to respect, love themselves and distance themselves from drugs and alcohol and live the dream of the youth of 1976. “The 1976 generation did not fight for young people to be drug and alcohol addicts or engage in unprotected sex,” Malema said at the Oscar Mpetha Stadium of the University of Limpopo on Tuesday,
The Democratic Alliance (DA) marked Youth Day by donating soccer jerseys to teams from Matamayane and Ga Selepe in the Moletjie and Fetakgomo areas. Child care equipment was donated to crèches in Elandskraal and Tsantsabela in the Ephraim Mogale municipal area.