posted on Dec, 14 2010 @ 10:19 AM
The 17th international Festival of Youth and Students opened on Monday, 13th of December near Pretoria (South Africa).
It is called a "democratic" youth festival, although the countries and themes seem more socialist and totalitarian.
There have been media outcries against the festival's funding.
Out of the R 69 million, R 40 million is paid by the national lottery.
This comes at a time where many charities and organizations have struggled for lottery funding.
Speakers include the ANC's corrupt former Police boss Jackie Selebi.
Representatives from Cuba and Zimbabwe received loud applause from the crowd at the opening parade.
SA just scrapped a huge Cuban debt.
The Zimbabweans carried signs saying: "End illegal sanctions now!".
edit on 14-12-2010 by halfoldman because: (no reason