Sep. 10th, 2009

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By Carien du Plessis
Political Bureau
From IOL.

Cuban-style revolutionary youth spies could be on every street corner if a National Youth Development Agency plan for compulsory community service is approved.

Agency chairman Andile Lungisa told a press briefing yesterday that people as young as 13 in countries like Cuba have become "defenders of the revolution", keeping a close watch on the activities of people in their neighbourhoods.

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Cuba is a communist country, not a democracy. There, the 'non-revolutionary activities' are specifically defined.  In our democracy (let's not criticise its quality right now), we do not have 'principles of the revolution' that we must keep to, so this begs the question on which activities should those young minds report on? So what is it exactly we are helping the youth with? Reminds me of those times when USSR led a propaganda campaign in the 1920-30s about the enemies of communism and how those enemies should be reported to the state to be dealt with, harshly. Or does our charming leading party wants to breed the new generation of Pavlik Morozovs?

Plus, R930 million budget?  This is a bigger budget than some government agencies, which do actual work to benefit people, get.

 

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