A 19-year-old student’s request to Ramaphosa ahead of Sona


Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa,

Today, I’m writing to you as a patriotic 19-year-old South African from the City of Cape Town, on behalf of many younger individuals on the market.

Before drafting this letter, I made an enchantment to fellow younger women and men to submit any questions and concepts that they might have for you ahead of this year’s State of the Nation Address.

Ahead of what could be your fifth tackle as President of the Republic of South Africa, I believed it might be match for me to increase some points with you on behalf of younger individuals.

The final year has been a really powerful one contemplating the influence that the COVID-19 pandemic had on ourselves, our pals and households, our nation, and the world at giant. However, I feel it might solely be honest for us to admit that the issues that we face as a nation, have persevered lengthy earlier than COVID-19 was even found in South Africa.

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I want to emphasise that this letter shouldn’t be taken as an assault on you as president, however somewhat as a respectful method of expression from a teenager’s level of view – particularly since we’re those who will inherit this nation as soon as our dad and mom and grandparents have handed.

Mr President, I feel it’s secure to say that we’re removed from being the nation that the late former president Nelson Mandela envisioned us to be when he was elected as South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994. Our democracy appears to be below risk by those that are serving their very own pursuits in authorities. They ought to dangle their heads in disgrace.

Today, as I write you this letter, my coronary heart bleeds for this nation of ours. Yes, many younger individuals most likely suppose I’m insane for loving my nation the best way I do; nonetheless, nothing will ever change the truth that I’d do something for South Africa. It is for that reason that I’m begging you to be the change that all of us want to see in authorities.
Mr President, as talked about earlier than, we, the youth, are the longer term. We are those who will take over the reins in the future. We are those that can have to repair what has been damaged and could have to pay what’s owed.

In April final year, you introduced a R500 billion stimulus package deal for South Africa throughout COVID-19. There have been varied experiences about money which were stolen, and even used to enrich self-serving politicians and their pals and even household.

Out of the numerous submissions obtained from younger individuals, one of these included a submission from Taneal Booysen, a pupil on the University of the Western Cape.

“Where is the R500 billion?”
Mr President, right now I’m requesting that you simply make public a full report, which particulars the place and the way the R500 billion was spent. As it is best to know, transparency is one of the important thing tenets of a democracy. I’m positive that many South Africans would recognize transparency on this regard.

Another submission obtained was from Dain Scheepers, a pupil from the Northlink College in Belhar, Cape Town, and his request reads as follows:

“Improve the education system”
Mr President, after 26 years of democracy, our training system nonetheless appears to be failing our kids. From damaged infrastructure, to lack of resources, it simply doesn’t finish. The latest price range reduce from the training sector by the National Treasury, below Minister Tito Mboweni’s watch, is one of the best insults to our students and lecturers.

I’m interesting to you, Mr President, to prioritise what wants to be prioritised.

We can not endure like this any longer. We can not watch how issues that matter the least, reminiscent of South African Airlines (SAA), obtain extra bailouts on the expense of key departments reminiscent of training and policing. I don’t see why we must always have a state-owned airline when it may be bought to the personal sector.

I obtained one other submission, this time from Brett Harris, initially from Gauteng and a pupil on the University of the Western Cape. His submission reads as follows:

“I am asking the President for better public healthcare facilities. Public clinics and hospitals are scary”
President Ramaphosa, while the lockdown was initially put in place to enable for presidency to improve hospital capability, it appears as if nothing has modified. Public healthcare amenities are nonetheless failing to present satisfactory healthcare providers to the general public. There are nonetheless many hospitals in South Africa which are on the verge of collapse due to infrastructure that has not been maintained for years.

Apart from the numerous points raised above, an training pupil from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Clint Stoffels, made the next submission:

“Remove having to choose an ethnicity group when applying for a job, institution etc. Make it mandatory for all companies to scrap the “experience required” and make them offer training no matter which job title there is a vacancy for, maybe more young people would be employed.”

These are just a few of the submissions obtained. Unfortunately, if I had to add every little thing, you’d most likely by no means cease studying – which could even be the trigger of you lacking your #SONA2021 speech – one thing we’d not need.

Mr President, right now I’m begging you to stand agency. I’m begging you to take the lead. I’m begging you to defend our democracy. I’m begging you to put South Africa first.

With that being stated, I belief that you’ll take these factors under consideration and act decisively in the very best pursuits of the individuals of South Africa.

I want you every little thing of the very best for Thursday night time’s State of the Nation Address and belief that we are going to, hopefully quickly, give you the option to sit down for a chat over a cup of tea at Tuynhuys.

I pray for God’s blessing over you, your authorities, South Africa, and its individuals.

Sincerely yours,

Zeke Wareley is youth activist within the City of Cape Town. He has served as a junior City Councillor (2016/17) and is at the moment pursuing a political research diploma on the University of the Western Cape. You can comply with them on Twitter at @zekewareley

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