Stop blaming others, youth urged
"I want people to actually take responsibility for their decisions" - Ditlhopho Makwela (16)
A YOUNG girl from Mafikeng in North West left the audience with tongues wagging on Saturday when she posed the question 'Who is to Blame' at the 19th edition of the Sowetan and Anglo American Young Communicators Awards in the Legislature's chambers at the weekend.
Sixteen-year-old Ditlhopho Makwela, a Grade 11 pupil at the Zeerust Combined School, became the overall winner, and will represent North West at the national finals in Johannesburg in July.
Ditlhopho referred her topic to schoolgirls who wear miniskirts at school and get fooled by teachers who tell them that they love them.
After winning the competition Ditlhopho said young people tend to blame other people after making the wrong choices. The adjudicators were also impressed by her confidence, fluency, knowledge of her topic and maturity.
"I wanted people to actually take responsibility for their decisions. As young people we tend to do things without thinking and when the consequences come we have a habit of blaming others. Taking responsibility is the first step to becoming a better person," she said.
Ditlhopho said she had always been a person who wanted to voice her views. She is fond of public speaking and wants to study at the world's best universities after completing matric.
"My short-term goal is to study abroad and come back to South Africa to make a difference in the lives of South African," she said. - firstname.lastname@example.org