Keetmans joins job protests

Residents of Keetmanshoop have joined the chorus of protest against the employment of 'struggle kids' at the expense of jobless local people.

08 November 2018 | Local News

Residents of Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region plan to stage a peaceful demonstration over youth unemployment at the town and in the region on Friday.

This came out in a community meeting held in the Krönlein residential area on Tuesday, attended by around 60 people and chaired by local resident Maxie Minnaar.

The group agreed to hand over a petition detailing their concerns to //Karas governor Lucia Basson.

They expressed disappointment that people from other regions are being employed in the south while local people are unemployed.

“Why do they have to bring people from outside? My son has qualifications and has been applying for years now and no reply on all those applications in the government. Why must it always be someone from outside,” questioned one elder at the meeting.

The group claimed that the public recruitment system excludes them. If they have to apply for jobs in other regions, there is an indigenous language requirement, according to the meeting, but if posts are advertised in the south, that requirement is not there. The residents also queried why the government is now employing the 'struggle kids' after reports that there was no money and that new government posts would be frozen.

“First they told us there was no money, that is why many posts were frozen, now where did the money come from for the placing of the 'struggle kids' and without any interviews,” said one young person.

The group felt that it was unfair for the 'struggle kids' to be handed jobs while others have to go to school, study, look for work, apply and be interviewed before being employed.

They condemned the common phrase thrown around that “the people from the south are lazy”.

“We are not lazy, we are hardworking people,” exclaimed one young man.

Another meeting will be held in the Tseiblaagte residential area today to mobilise people ahead of the planned demonstration.

NAMPA

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