On the 9 December 2015, Livity Africa and Corruption Watch brought together prominent young leaders across the African continent to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day at The Orbit in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
“This is the first annual Youth Summit by Corruption Watch together with Livity Africa, bringing together bright internationally acclaimed young leaders in South Africa to discuss about issues relating to corruption and youth politics”, said the event organiser, Mzwandile Msimang from Corruption Watch.
The event was graced by the South African Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela to mark the inaugural of what promises to be the benchmark towards the re-doing of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission South Africa.
Although the focus was primarily on youth activism against corruption, it’s rather intriguing to learn from tertiary students about how the recent student uprising came about ‘about #FeesMustFall campaign that saw the South African Presidency answering the call for intervention from the youth.
Wits student and panellist for the event Ms. Lebogang Shikwambane recalled that, the #FeesMustFall campaign did not achieve its’ full motive thus thinks that the movement got stolen along the way.
“The campaign was necessary to conscientise black students in the country as well as parents about the unfavourable conditions and developments to unfold at the institutions. Moreover, these are developments which are not necessary, let alone unique to the realities of the country. I thus think that, given the resources we’ve invested the campaign as students, much could’ve been done to elevate the impact to achieve the overall objective which was to ensure that no student is subjected to pay school fees from kindergarten till the first degree in South Africa. It’s thus surprising to learn that the South African President, Zuma, made such pronouncements without being visible to the students. This is however, only the beginning towards bigger youth uprisings in the country as we’re not content with land issues in this country”, said Ms. Shikwambane.
“The International Youth Council South Africa commends the initiative by Corruption Watch together with Livity Africa for bringing the much anticipated forum with dignitaries from far and near across fields. We commend also the SA Public Protector, Adv. Madonsela for honouring the call to inspire us, the international youth community of South Africa by gracing the event. Not only is she a sober figure of public servant leadership, more also, a resemblance of a hopeful South Africa. We thus applaud her words of encouragement for a probable South African Youth President, and also standing her ground as the moral custodian of a brighter and better South Africa”, said Koketso Marishane, Executive of the International Youth Council South Africa.
“It’s a great pleasure to be in the surrounds of the youth who’re themselves becoming pioneers of their struggle revolution, thanks to Corruption Watch and Livity Africa for inviting my office. I derive so much pleasure speaking to the youth lately because they’re the custodians of a better South Africa- something that we’re dearly working towards as a nation. South Africa is not necessarily the most corrupt country globally, according to the World Economic Forum but, we’re not an exception to the disease. We must however, collectively work together to ensure that each one of us play a part towards combating this disease called “corruption”, concluded the South African Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela.
The Youth Summit is an annual gathering of youth leaders in academia, private and public sectors who are compassionate about changing the negative narrative around youth of South Africa.
Koketso Marishane (IYCSA), Naledi Moleo (SAFM), Lerato Mahoyi (Activist) and Mzwandile Msimang (Corruption Watch).