SACBC Justice and Peace on the Youth Wage Subsidy

SACBC Justice and Peace Commission reiterates its call for

the review of the Youth Wage Subsidy.


Bishop Gabuza, the chair person of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, has said that

there is not much to celebrate on the international workers day this year as long as millions

of young people in the country remain unemployed and desperate.


Justice and Peace Commission believes that “youth unemployment in our country has now

reached dangerous levels, with many of our unemployed youth now being highly exposed to

drug abuse, human trafficking, recruitment to life of crime and manipulation by unscrupulous

politicians who recruit them for violent protests and political destabilisation.”


Bishop Gabuza has therefore called on the government and the ANC policy conference in

June “to review the youth wage subsidy and its ability to reverse the youth unemployment

trends in South Africa.”


“In the absence of an impact study that demonstrates the contrary, to us, the youth wage

subsidy will remain a costly and unsustainable venture which subsidizes the private

companies and boosts their profit margins, without creating an enforceable obligation on the

part of private companies to develop a certain level of skills and retain a certain percentage

of young people as permanent employees.


Bishop Gabuza has also warned that youth unemployment will not be addressed

comprehensively in our country if the culture of corruption and patronage networks continues

to prevail.


“It is true that, to lower the current levels of youth unemployment, the government needs to

adopt a radical economic transformation. It should however be a radical economic

transformation that benefits all, and not only a few who are politically connected. We also

note with sadness that the current culture of political leadership, which is rooted in corruption

and patronage politics, lacks the ethical capacity to realize such a radical and inclusive

economic transformation.”


For more information, contact:

Bishop Abel Gabuza

+27 (0) 82 549 4324

+27 (0) 53 831 1861

Archbishop William Slattery: 083 468 5473.


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