Malema’s party invigorates Zuma, ANC

2013-06-16 14:00

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Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has “reinvigorated” the ANC’s election campaign with his announcement this week that he would start a new political party.

Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura told this to City Press on the sidelines of a youth elections ­campaign by President Jacob Zuma in Soweto and ­Vanderbijlpark on Friday.

Zuma, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane and provincial ANC Youth League leader and MEC for sports Lebogang Maile all spoke out against Malema’s plans.

In an indirect reference to Malema, Zuma said the youth league should not tackle the ANC “because if you do so, the ancestors will deal with you”.

He said while the goal of attaining “economic ­freedom” was not wrong, it would not succeed ­without education.

“The country is facing challenges today, where is the youth? We want the youth to get ­involved in business. But you can’t get involved if you are not thoroughly prepared for it.

“And therefore you’d get economic freedom and you would not know what to do with it,” he said.

Zuma urged the youth to take advantage of free basic education. He added that moves were afoot to make higher education free.

“If I was just given a moment to be a dictator, I would have said free compulsory education, and every young man and woman would be at school.

“I’d be saying to the police whatever young person you see walking around, arrest (them). Because why are they not at school? But we are in a democracy.

“If I did that, I’d be taken to court. If I win at the high court, I’d be taken to the Constitutional Court. And I’m sure there would be a Constitutional Court decision that (they) have a right not to go to school. It’s a wrong right,” he said.

Mokonyane, also in reference to Malema, said the ANC believed there were no “representatives other than us who can speak with the youth of South ­Africa”, while Maile warned against “political ­orphans”, who he said would never defeat the ANC.

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