Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete has called on South African youths to grow up and prepare themselves to be good leaders.
Baleka, who was addressing the media at the launch of the National Youth Parliament in Rosebank, Johannesburg on Tuesday, told the youth to keep away from all kinds of behavior that violates social norms as the parliament will spare no effort to communicate its concern about deviant behavior in the House
“We are saying we will spare no effort to communicate our concern about deviant behavior,” she said
Speaking further, Baleka who is also the ANC national chairperson, said it was equally important for the older generation to emphasize the need why younger people must be part of building the future they will inherit.
Speaking about the uncontrollable squabble in the parliament between the EFF MPs and the parliamentary security, when EFF members were again ejected from parliament, where President Jacob was due to answer questions, Baleka urged the older generation to be good examples to the young ones to avoid a repeat of past mistakes.
“When children who are growing [up] are watching parliament, what are they seeing?”
“Young people must know that they are future leaders,” she said. “They will inherit what they are part of building.” she said.
Baleka said Parliament take the advantage of the time at the National Youth Parliament to grant the youths the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the history of their country.
“They must be informed about what happened 40 years ago,” she said.
“We will have a sitting with the young people to deepen their own understanding of their country,” she said. “They have to take over as the leaders of tomorrow.”
The National Youth Parliament is scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday in Kliptown, Soweto. MPs and veterans of the 1976 uprising are also expected to gather as part of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise added that it was important to take young people to Kliptown, the site of the Freedom Charter launch.
According to him also, when we look at what is happening in the country, it becomes important sometimes not to just speak to our children. It is sometimes important for them to go and experience themselves.
Democracy is a journey. You don’t start a democratic process today and finish it today, Modise said.