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NEWS24 26 July 2015: The SA army wants you(th)
Johannesburg – As soon as June next year, young people could find themselves forced to become part of a youth military programme as government tries new ways to contain spiralling unemployment.
Over the past few weeks, the presidency’s national steering committee has held marathon meetings amid pressure to finalise details of a youth service programme that could see government sending young people, from the age of 18, to the army for military training.
And the clock is ticking as the deadline for the full roll-out of the plan has been set for June next year.
The ANC-led alliance has already called for the urgent implementation of an improved National Youth Services (NYS) programme in which the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and various government departments will play a role.
This expanded, multisectoral youth service is set to benefit millions of young South Africans, most of whom are unemployed.
However, there have been differing views on whether it should be compulsory for all young people to join the army as part of national service requirements.
In a interview with City Press last month, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said he would support the reintroduction of conscription, which was scrapped in South Africa in 1994.
“We moved away from conscription too soon. Naturally, we would actually say that every youth person may serve an X number of years or months in the army to be trained because the army is the most equipped structure that could deal with young people in a structured way.
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