SA government could resort to military service for kids to curb unemployment

Young people in South Africa could be forced to become part of a youth military programme to curb unemployment, as early as June next year.

Over the past few weeks, the presidency’s national steering committee is finalising details of a youth service programme that would see government sending young people, from the age of 18, to the army for military training.

This youth service is set to benefit millions of young South Africans, most of whom are unemployed.

CapeTalks John Maytham spoke to Helmoed Heitman, Miltary analyst and citizen soldier who says the defence force will not be able to handle the number of unemployed youth South Africa has and based on that the idea will not work.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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