IFPYB, UDMYV & AZAPO Youth calls for a National Youth Convention
As part of the Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade's (IFPYB) programme to engage other youth formation they met with the United Democratic Movement Youth Vanguard (UDMYV) and AZAPO Youth Organisation on the 12th November 2011 in Johannesburg, Gauteng. All delegations were led by senior members of their national leadership.
Ntuthuko Majozi, IFPYB National Spokesperson, said: "We agreed that there is an urgent need for a National Youth Convention to discuss and offer solutions on issues affecting the youth of South Africa like unemployment, HIV/Aids, education and many other issues of common interest."
"The IFPYB is convinced that the time has come for the youth of South Africa to unite and take head-on the challenges we are facing. It is intended that the National Youth Convention will be representative of all the youth of South Africa, including youth in business, CBO's, NGO's, NPO's, religious and cultural institutions," added Majozi. The three youth formations also agreed that a National Youth Ministry needs to replace the largely dysfunctional, ineffective NYDA.
"We are very pleased that all the youth formations we have met so far fully agree that the NYDA should be disbanded and a fully-fledged National Youth Ministry, operating in all three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) be established, instead. We will continue meeting with other organisation to intensify our calls for closure on the ruling party's employment agency for its elite," said Majozi.
He noted that this significant meeting of youth formations in South Africa was gaining momentum. The meeting with UDMYV and AZAPO follows the meeting with Cope Youth Movement earlier this month where it was also agreed that disbandment of the NYDA should take place and be replaced by a National Youth Ministry. Meetings with other youth formations are currently being scheduled.