“A flagship initiative of the employment stimulus is the school assistants programme, which has placed 287,000 young people in schools across the country.
“These young people are accessing meaningful employment while supporting teachers and contributing to positive learning outcomes in our schools,” said Ramaphosa.
EFF leader Julius Malema and DA leader John Steenhuisen were critical of the ANC government and its failure to uplift and empower youths.
Steenhuisen, who spoke in Alexandra in Gauteng, said there has never been a more difficult time for young people to find meaningful work and training opportunities in SA.
He said the freedom fought for by the youth of 1976 has not translated into economic freedom, and called for a continuous fight against this injustice.
“Never before has the future looked so bleak for young South Africans. Never before has the prospect of finding meaningful work or leaving school with a decent education been further away. Why do millions of South Africans, most of them young, find themselves locked out of opportunity and our economy? What have our youth done to the ANC that it persecutes them so much?” Steenhuisen asked.