Winnie: ‘Be critical of your govt’

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told youth summit delegates to be critical of governments.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Anti-apartheid stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has called on young people to be more critical of government and constantly interrogate how it spends tax money.

Madikizela-Mandela addressed delegates at the closing ceremony of the One Young World Summit on Saturday night.

More than 1,000 young leaders from 190 countries across the world attended the four-day summit in Sandton and were involved in discussions about how to eradicate social ills like unemployment, poverty and education.

She says the youth should empower themselves with knowledge and education.

"You must be exposed to today's scientific world and have critical minds as future leaders. You must understand how your government works and find out where your country's money goes to."

At the same time, she told delegates to demand resources which can help them fight poverty and illiteracy.

Madikizela-Mandela says young people are the custodians of a better world and should play an active role in government decisions.

The politician says the youth should hold their governments accountable.

"The onus is upon you to demand accessibility to resources."

She urged delegates at the summit to use technology to keep up with world developments and to better themselves.