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Jobless city youths stagesit-in at Premier’s Office

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“Up until today, not one of our potential candidates has been offered employment. We have been clear – we do not want internships but contract employment”

DESPERATE and frustrated youths staged a sit-in at the Premier’s Office, where they vowed to camp out until they received a solution from the premier to address their unemployment woes.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) started a jobs campaign in July, where they handed out the CVs of unemployed Grade 11 and 12 pupils, graduates and postgraduates to government departments as well as municipalities in the hope of securing them employment.

The ANCYL Frances Baard regional secretary, Cingani Notuku, said they would wait in the corridors and even sleep on the floor until they are addressed by Premier Zamani Saul.

“We initially wanted to see the premier on Monday and were told to postpone the meeting until Thursday (yesterday) at 9am. We arrived at the office at 9am in the morning, only to be told that the premier was attending the SAPS medal parade at 3 SAI military base. We decided to wait until he returned from the ceremony. We will remain here until we get answers,” said Notuku.

He stated that they have handed over 1 200 CVs to state departments and private businesses since the start of their campaign.

“Up until today, not one of our potential candidates has been offered employment. We have been clear – we do not want internships but contract employment. The candidates who are searching for work have studied and are qualified. They should not be sitting at home.”

Notuku reminded Saul to deliver on his numerous commitments to ensure that youths were offered gainful employment.

“As the head of government, he must provide us with answers. Time and time again in his addresses he has emphasised the need to create jobs for the youths of this Province. We went to different departments and now we have approached the highest office, which must respond to our call.”