Are Ongoing Protests and Youth Unemployment Related?

In 2019 South Africa was recognised by the World Bank as one of the most unequal societies in the world. Is this particular statement by the World Bank representative of the ongoing protests in the country? Read further to learn more.


South African businesses have been experiencing loss as protests in the country continue to disrupt law and order. Unemployment is expected to rise after these unfolding events so where does the youth stand in the protests?

Everything that we do as government contributes towards improving the lives of young people.

These were the words of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Youth Unemployment Intervention event, that was held on 14 June 2021 in response to the 46% of youth unemployment crisis.

Former Statistician General, Dr Pali Lehohla, warns the government about the point of focus as the protesters continue to destroy businesses. The protests started as what is believed to be the push back to the constitutional Court for sentencing the former president Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison.

Dr Lehohla sends a message to the government that the actual point of focus is youth unemployment.

As the shopping malls and small businesses have been destroyed particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng Province, more people join the long queue of unemployment. What appears in the scenes of the looting protesters is not youth only but older ages as well.

Lehohla has previously warned of the coming difficult times as a result of an increase in youth unemployment.

We have a serious problem of leadership in this country that hasn’t focussed on the right things.

President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in his speech on 11 July 2021 that ANC is accused number one in these ongoing protests, looting and violence.

Opinions continue to differ about the unfolding riots in the country, some suspecting criminal elements being opportunistic when others say its poverty. Ramaphosa came out and condemned the looting protesters promising the deployment of soldiers to restore peace and order. 

The ongoing events of looting paints an after-effect crisis of poverty as many businesses will take time to rebuild.

The youth continues to be the vulnerable group that is associated with the looting as businesses in the country suffers loss due to ongoing protests.


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