President Jacob Zuma has given the keynote address during an African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) rally at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban.
Thousands of ANC members flocked to the event.
The rally is part of National Youth Month activities by the youth league in preparation for the upcoming local government elections.
President Zuma has urged the youth to promote stability and end violent protests.
“You need to reflect on what you did to build the country and also the future of the organisation. You need to reflect on the following: promoting unity in the ANC, fighting the demons of racism and tribalism, promoting stability and order and to end the violent protests and looting in which some young people participate. These are areas for you to demonstrate your leadership and readiness to lead the country.”
Secretary General of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), Njabulo Nzuza says the ANCYL has a role to educate the youth against the destroying of property.
“You have people burning schools and people now looting taverns, those are criminal activities, and the role of the youth league is to make sure that we mobilise young people to make sure they refrain from those things,” Nzuza says.
“There are genuine ways to raise your issues and process them, not by burning things. Some of them obviously are delinquent youth, and our role is to make sure that we reach out to them to make them understand that burning and destroying things is not correct. Some of these things were built on the basis of the hard earned democracy of the youth of 1976 who fought so that they can have equal education,” Nzuza adds.
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