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The most recent cabinet reshuffle indicates that we are not about to change this situation. In most political parties - bar the DA and EFF - the leaders are so old that they can't produce new ideas.

A youthful intervention in our body politic - in a population so heavily young - is our only hope for a truly new dawn. The ANC knows this well. It was when Nelson Mandela's youth league challenged the old guard that a real gearing-up in the struggle for liberation happened.

When things were falling into a lull, it was the revolution of June 1976 led by young people that made the whole world take note of the evil of apartheid.

Every member of the ANC's top six is over the age of 55. A happy Father's Day to the men among them. The average age of presidents in Africa is 77. I am surprised the AU has not declared a grandfather's day. In an era in which the rest of the world is promoting youthful leadership, our country and continent seem to be stuck in old age. As we celebrate Youth Month, it is sad that the New Dawn has not reached our young people.The most recent cabinet reshuffle indicates that we are not about to change this situation. In most political parties - bar the DA and EFF - the leaders are so old that they can't produce new ideas. A youthful intervention in our body politic - in a population so heavily young - is our only hope for a truly new dawn. The ANC knows this well. It was when Nelson Mandela's youth league challenged the old guard that a real gearing-up in the struggle for liberation happened. When things were falling into a lull, it was the revolution of June 1976 led by young people t...

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