By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) led by South African young people, on Tuesday, marched to the national treasury offices demanding the immediate resignation or removal of the Minister of finance, Tito Mboweni.
“We demand the immediate resignation or removal of Minister Tito Mboweni as the Minister of finance and member of the South African cabinet,” the memorandum said.
PYA is accusing the finance department led by Mboweni of defying the developmental goals that the South African society has for itself by creating an unnecessary monetary relationship with international finance institutions.
“The latter is part of the logic as to why Minister Tito Mboweni and associates are forcing neoliberal austerity measures on a society and an economy which is already suffering,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the PYA says that Mboweni and his associates should thus ‘advance their agenda elsewhere and not with their power and sovereignty. A collective of youth organisations from different sectors has also advised and recommended that Mboweni should consider critical training to respect the citizens of South Africa, further argued that it will assist him to understand that his views are not essential than that of the South African population.
Amongst other issues, the PYA demand free quality education for the working class, the oppressed and the poor.
“Noting the skyrocketing amounts of historical debts in public higher institutions of learning, against the commitment of the then President Jacob Zuma on the 16th of December 2017 to gradually clear all the historical debts,” the statement said.
The PYA further demand, the scraping of historical debt in all institutions of higher learning, Introduction of a wealth tax, Increased funding for youth owned businesses, Jobs for youth, Closing of Gender Pay Gaps, just to name few.