The Democratic Alliance wants a national voluntary civilian service for young people with no work experience and not studying at tertiary institutions, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.
The DA believed that the state could play a role in providing the youth with work experience while they got paid a stipend, he told thousands of supporters at the DA’s 2019 elections manifesto launch at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg.
”This will be offered to every matriculant who doesn’t qualify for tertiary education. The opportunity to provide a service to the country, or his or her community, will be in return for a stipend and valuable work experience,” Maimane said.
The youth service would be in the public service in departments such as the police, education, and healthcare. At the police service, youngsters would join officers on daily patrols.
”They will gain an understanding of the community while also receiving training to become certified police officers. This programme may need to run for two years before participants qualify. However, new people will be enrolled each year,” Maimane said.
– African News Agency (ANA)