Youth league hands memorandum to minister

2011-10-28 10:00

Newly appointed Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi emerged from the Union Buildings to accept a memorandum from the ANC Youth League’s leadership.

The league’s leader, Julius Malema, earlier demanded that only a member of the Cabinet accept their memorandum on “economic freedom”. “We don’t want a DG [director-general]. We didn’t vote for a DG but a politician. If you are not a minister don’t waste our time,”

Malema said to loud cheers.Malema said if a minister did not accept the memorandum, marchers would go back home and come back another time.

This led to a roar of “no, no, no”, from the crowd. Malema accused the police of “being dramatic” with their heavy presence.“You don’t need task force protection.

These are peaceful protesters.”At the Union Buildings, a song leader sang “Kgalema’s my president”, referring to Deputy-President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Some of the placards carried read: “Black on black apartheid”, “greed-based corruption” and “yes, we don’t want Zuma and Gwede”, referring to President Jacob Zuma and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Supporters of the march mostly walked from Joburg yesterday to create awareness of youth unemployment.Malema walked part of the 50km trip.

He handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Chamber of Mines in Joburg’s city centre yesterday, before marching to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton.The walk from Sandton to Tshwane, along the R101 Old Pretoria Road, took eight hours.

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