‘Youth deserve platform in economic role’

2012-06-21 11:35

Young people must be given a platform in the mainstream economy so they can play a meaningful role in society, deputy ANCYL leader Ronald Lamola has said.

“The solutions to economic challenges ... is in the minds of young people who are idling in the townships,” Lamola said at the league’s policy dialogue in Pretoria today.

“If young people are leaders of society ... why are they outside the mainstream of the economy?” he asked.

Lamola was giving a political overview at the youth league’s dialogue on “economic freedom in our lifetime” at the University of South Africa.

He said maximum participation in the economy was class-based.

“It only allows a particular class to participate in the mainstream economy,” he said.

Lamola said it was because of this that Section 25 of the Constitution, which relates to property ownership, needs to be amended.

He said there needs to be expropriation of land without compensation, and the nationalisation of mines.

He said nothing has changed since 1994, the first time a government was elected democratically in South Africa.

“We need to break the apartheid economy we received in 1994.

“White people are still living a Hollywood lifestyle,” said Lamola.

He went on to say the majority of black South Africans rely on social grants and need to start playing a meaningful role in agriculture, mining and society.

Lamola said the “willing buyer, willing seller” approach to land restitution was not working.

He said the land was taken and people were enslaved so that others could make a profit.

“They had cheap labour ... that made them profit – why must we compensate them? The only solution is expropriation without compensation,” said Lamola.

He said the youth needed to lead South Africa and take charge.

“South Africa will only be united through the economy.”

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