Youth league calls for ‘generational take-over’

2012-06-21 15:59

The ANC Youth League has called for a “generational take-over” of the ANC, saying young people shouldn’t be shy to lead.

Deputy president Ronald Lamola today spoke at a civil society and league meeting discussing ANC policy ahead of the party’s conference next week.

“The young people should not be shy to take leadership of this country; there should be a generational take-over,” he said.

Lamola was referring to the election of new party leaders at the ANC’s conference in December.

These would eventually go on to be the country’s leaders in 2014.

Lamola launched a veiled attack on the 70-year-old President Jacob Zuma, whose home village of Nkandla has seen big developments since Zuma came into office, and whom the league wants to see ousted.

Lamola said young people “admire the leadership of Comrade (Nelson) Mandela and (former president Thabo) Mbeki, who waited for their IDP (Integrated Development Plans) to develop their villages”.

He added: “The reason why we are in this economic mess is that the young and the old do not understand each other.
The young want iPads, laptops and the old want faxes.”

Lamola also spoke about race. “Why in 18 years of democracy do we still have the minority of the people, mostly the whites, living the Hollywood life, while the majority, mostly the black people, live the third world class life,” he said.

He also rubbished social cohesion as a way of uniting people.

“The only way South Africans will be united is by economic freedom. Sports, art and culture are just cosmetic exercises,” he said.

Lamola also said it was time for the league to take action to reclaim land, even if this is not initiated by the ANC themselves.

Mentioning Zimbabwe as an example, he said “land grabbing was not initiated by the Zanu-PF, it was initiated by the party’s veterans”.

He said the youth played an important role in the history of the struggle, with the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe by Mandela as a young person.

“It is the youth month and it is the month we remember all the counterparts of 1976, and it is because of those minds that we celebrate the freedom we have today.”

Only a handful of students and supporters attended the event in the ZK Matthews Hall on the Unisa campus in Pretoria.

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