Rise Mzansi calls for scrapping of age limits for government jobs

Rise Mzansi party says age limits on government programmes were discriminatory against South African citizens over the age of 35 years who are looking for jobs or to further skills training.

National leader, Songezo Zibi, says the age limits should be scrapped because they were discriminatory against people who were unable to access jobs and skills opportunities.

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DISCRIMINATORY AGAINST PEOPLE ABOVE 35 – RISE MZANSI

Speaking outside the Department of Labour’s offices in Tshwane on Tuesday, Zibi said that they believe that they were called by various communities across the country to take on their plight for jobs and opportunities.

“We are picketing at the Department of Labour and Employment in the Capital City. We at RISE Mzansi believe that age limits on government programmes are discriminatory against South African citizens 35 and over who are looking for jobs, as well as those looking for further skills training.” said Zibi.

He said that if you a person is capable and able to work, they should not be abandoned by the government because they will be forced into a life of poverty.

“Because of this exclusion, there are 2,9-million people aged between 36 and 44, who are of prime working age who are unable to access jobs and skills opportunities,” Zibi said.

‘FORCED INTO A LIFE OF POVERTY AND GRANTS,’ SAYS RISE MZANSI

He said that in many instances these people are forced to rely on the old age grant of their elderly parents, meaning that they are left with nothing when their parents sadly pass on.

“At best they are able to get temporary jobs that pay little, or create informal work that does not enable them to put food on the table for their families or build a home of their own,” said Zibi.

“They are forced to share a single backroom with their teenage children, depriving them of privacy and the agency that should come with being an adult,” he said.

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