TOM EATON: As usual, the aged tell the youth to achieve what leaders have not
Party bosses invariably use Youth Day to make promises they can’t keep, while advising young South Africans to do it for themselves
The pious, disingenuous rituals of Youth Day always throw up some peculiar spectacles — how could they not, on a day dominated by 70-year-olds praising the courage of 60-year-olds? — and this year did not disappoint.
Certainly, there was special irony in watching Cyril Ramaphosa, a billionaire who made his name in organised labour and was then handed a fortune, urging the kids to go and create work for themselves.