ANCYL shouldn’t get their hopes up

2012-06-06 15:14

The ANC Youth League will have an opportunity to state their radical case about land reform at the party policy conference, but chances are they’ll only get a hearing and not much more.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe today told reporters the league’s proposal that land reform should be taking land without compensation, would be discussed at the ANC policy conference set down for later this month.

But he added: “We don’t think it will work in the longer term, but at the policy conference we will look at it.”

Mantashe was speaking during a meeting between the ANC and South African farmers – established and emerging.

In a workshop facilitated by businessman Roelf Meyer, the ANC is trying to find creative solutions to the land reform issue which continues to cause tension in communities.

ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola told reporters yesterday that if white South Africans did not hand land over to poor blacks, there could be land invasions like those that took place in Zimbabwe.

He said the safety of the “Van Tonders and the Van der Merwes on farms” would not be guaranteed.

Mantashe was reluctant to talk about the issue with reporters and said the youth league will be “engaged with” at the policy conference.

Now Lamola, like his political mentor ANCYL president Julius Malema, may face the consequences in the Equality Court.

AfriForum and the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU SA) were preparing to lay charges against Lamola over comments he had made about land reform, the groups said today.

“AfriForum intends to lay charges against Lamola at both the Equality Court and the police in order to ensure that inciting statements of this nature are called to order,” the organisation’s legal representative Willie Spies said in a statement.

He said Lamola’s comments amounted to hate speech and fell within the definition of incitement to violence.

TAU SA said it was “disgusted” by Lamola’s comments and would file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission.

“TAU SA has instructed its legal team to start with the strongest possible measures against Lamola, the ANC Youth League, the ANC and its president.”

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