‘SA needs leaders with integrity’

Wendy Orr says many young people feel pessimistic about the prospects of finding a job.

FILE: Then Archbishop Desmond Tutu (centre) with fellow commissioners listen to testimony from witnesses during the start of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which opened in East London, 15 April 1996. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Former Truth Commissioner Wendy Orr says if young people don't see a future of economic self-sufficiency for themselves, the country will not be able to rekindle the hope that followed the 1994 elections.

Orr, who is now head of Group Inclusion at Standard Bank, was one of 13 former commissioners who spoke to Eyewitness News about the state of reconciliation in the country.

She says many young people feel pessimistic about the prospects of finding a job, yet it's difficult to pinpoint what government can do to improve their lot.

"A characteristic which I feel is lacking is integrity. As long as we have leaders who don't have integrity, and who don't put the needs of the nation ahead of their interest… I think it's going to be a struggle."

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