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‘Anger over inequality can’t be expressed through destruction of property’

Thuli Madonsela says she understands why young people are angry, when freedom was promised to them.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela addresses the media at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s civic academy in Houghton on 10 May 2016. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says while she understands the anger of so many young South Africans over inequality, this cannot be expressed through the destruction of property.

Madonsela was addressing the launch of the Nelson Mandela Foundation's civic academy in Houghton last night.

The academy is an online initiative and platform that provides civic education to strengthen democratic values and inspire active citizenship.

She says she understands why young people are angry when freedom was promised to them but has only been delivered to some.

"I do understand the frustration of young people. We have promised the freed potential of every person, not some people."

But she says they need to know how to use the Constitution and conversation to express this anger and not use violence, including the destruction of infrastructure.

"This is our country, it's not someone else's country. The way forward is to ensure that those who are entrusted with public power and resources do the right thing, but let's not destroy our own infrastructure."

She says young people are the leaders of today and education will give them the tools to make the changes they've been calling for.

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