Youth and The Bondage of an Unquestioned Tradition

The term ‘youth’, sometimes used interchangeably with ‘youths’, has been used within a wide and elusive range of meanings in Zimbabwean society. In the domestic and social realm, ‘the youth’ implies children. In political party doctrine, ‘youths’ are the confrontational and mobilising arm that has little role in decision-making platforms. In police and security terms ‘youths’ denote a collection of rowdy touts who are moved by indiscipline and violence; a population sector which the police have to confront with little remorse.

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Change and the Tyranny of the Majority in Africa

The challenge of ochlocracy in emerging democratic societies has remained the “tyranny of the majority”. Under these conditions, the majority encloses thought within a formidable fence where one is free to express self within the generally agreed parameters, but vulnerable to isolation once one goes behind the fence. Over time a spiral of silence develops, minority opinion, thought, and ideas are consistently shrugged off, at the very least .

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