Debate on the youth wage subsidy turned what usually is a sedate annual day at Parliament for youth from various provinces into a passionate affair as conflicting views were booed and applauded.
The annual event, where young delegates from around the country engage with Parliament on a variety of issues affecting the youth, turned into a broadside against the proposed youth wage subsidy.
The youth representatives sidelined all other issues on the agenda to debate this sole topic.
Although it was clear that very few representatives were in favour of such a subsidy, speakers wanted to express their own opinions on how much they opposed it, and why.
They said it was a fallacy that a subsidy for businesses that employ young people would create additional jobs and argued that instead, it would lead “greedy employers” to rotate temporary workers as soon as the subsidy term ended.