‘A recipe for disaster’

2011-07-27 14:10

The Congress of the People’s (Cope) Youth Movement says it will lead countrywide uprisings against the ANC Youth League’s mine nationalisation and land expropriation without compensation.

“The league’s proposals are a threat to our democracy. Once the mines are nationalised many mining engineers will leave (the country).

“Do you think Julius Malema with his standard 10 (Grade 12) and GG symbols will be able to run mines? Nationalisation of mines is a recipe for disaster,” said the movement’s president Nqaba Bhanga earlier today.

Turning to the controversial issue of expropriation without compensation, he said this was not in keeping with Madiba’s ideals.

“Grabbing land will not help build a united South Africa. We are not scared of Malema. We know how he operates,” he said.

In a stinging attack on Malema, he accused him of looting the public purse with impunity. “Malema and the Youth League’s mafia have taken the country of Nelson Mandela, OR Tambo and Anton Lembede to the gallows,” he said.

Bhanga was reacting to City Press’ report which revealed that the Ratanang Family Trust, of which Malema is apparently the only trustee, was allegedly being used to hide Malema’s kickbacks for securing government tenders for some businesspeople.

In one instance, it is alleged that a businessman deposited R200 000 into the trust’s bank account. But the league has vehemently denied all the allegations against its leader (Malema).

Bhanga said Malema and other ANC leaders were responsible for making the governing party lose its soul.

“This is now the ANC of hooligans and mafia,” he said. He said Malema has unwittingly been the catalyst for the ANC’s “fall from grace”.

“Malema has pushed the ANC to where we wanted it. The ANC is now PAC (Pan Africanist Congress),” he said.

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