ANC fought for Malema to enjoy luxury life, says youth league

2010-02-26 13:32

THE African National Congress (ANC) fought in the struggle for the

sort of lifestyle that youth league president Julius Malema enjoys, an ANCYL

official has said.

“He has a right, because these are the privileges and rights that

we fought for,” ANCYL Western Cape spokesman Ndoda Ngemntu said in Cape

Town.

“If the opportunity has come for one to prosper, why must we be

jealous?”

What people should do instead was seek to emulate the example that

figures such as Malema set for the future and also the young people of South

Africa, Ngemntu said.

Media reports have focused in recent weeks on Malema’s assets which

include an R814 000 Mercedes-Benz, an apparently genuine R250 000 Breitling

watch and two homes worth a total of R4.6 million.


“We are not saying there is anything wrong with people accumulating

wealth, because at the end of the day it is the African National Congress that

fought for the distribution of wealth.

“It cannot be the situation we are in, in which only the few that

benefit are not members of the ANC.

“If we are saying as the ANC we are

creating a better life, members of the ANC must benefit from the better

life.”

Ngemntu said it was “populist” of Congress of SA Trade Unions

general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to “jump up” this week and declare his

earnings and assets.

Those who declared their assets should also say what their wives

earned, because some people used relatives as fronts for their own business

interests.

Provincial league chairman Siyazi Tyatyam said the way Vavi

addressed the issue was “very narrow ... Because lifestyle is not about salary.

It is how you live as a comrade.

“If you claim yourself to be a communist, if you claim to be the

leader of the people ... do you live with the people, are people able to engage

and get you ... as and when they need you?”

Tyatyam said the controversy over Malema’s assets was a concerted

attempt to silence the league on the issue of nationalising the country’s mines.


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