I HAVE just read that the government — the African National Congress (ANC) — has decided that people younger than 40 years will not qualify for state housing except under exceptional circumstances.
This is an extraordinary idea given that we have millions of people younger than 40 desperate for any kind of relief they can get.
Many of them are sitting around jobless, despite holding matric certificates — obtained through the free schooling provided by the state and supposedly providing the gateway to money and opportunity.
While I sympathise with the economic motives behind this decision, if it is being correctly reported, it is hard to imagine a better way of driving voters into the arms of the Economic Freedom Fighters and other more radical political movements. Making wild promises and then failing to deliver is one thing, but actually telling people they have no hope is soul-destroying.