Role models play an exceptionally important part in the life of a young person. Young people relate to, admire and, in many cases, imitate their role models during the most impressionable years of their lives. In South Africa, poor conduct by some among the political elite has left many young people disillusioned by mainstream politics. For others, however, corrupt and self-serving behaviour is viewed with approval and aspiration. This paints a concerning picture for the future of our country.
With as many as 14 sub-Saharan African states taking to the polls, 2015 has been a critical year on the election calendar. On Sunday Tanzania, a country that exemplifies peace and political stability on the African continent, conducted its general elections.
So, when all the foreigners have left South Africa and all the colonial statues have been removed, who will the youth turn to next to direct their frustrations?
Preliminary findings indicate that young South Africans are increasingly conscious of fraud and corruption and the negative impact it has on their future. However, for some the perception has been created that a government job means access to lucrative business and an ‘easy way’ to make money