Youth to protest graft

2010-08-16 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) is planning to organise marches against five KZN municipalities accused of being involved in corruption, mismanagement, maladministration and abuse of power and authority.

The decision to march against the municipalities was taken among the resolutions at the ANCYL provincial general council (PGC) meeting held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Edgewood campus in Pinetown at the weekend.

The PGC meeting was held in preparation for the ANC’s national general council meeting scheduled for Durban next month. The youth wing said it is going to organise the marches against uMkhanyakude District Municipality and four local municipalities — uMzimkhulu, Okhahlamba, uMtshezi and Mandeni.

ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said the decision to march against those municipalities was taken “because we want to expose corruption and to attack it as soon as it emerges.”

“We also want to propose to ANC to adopt a policy on a proposal for national government to pay salaries for all councillors and for the councillors to be declared full-time employees like all public representatives.

“This is because municipalities collect revenue and pay councillors, instead of providing services to their communities. As it’s national government’s duty to pay salaries for MPs, it should be its duty to pay councillors as well. Revenues collected will help on service delivery. Being full-time employees will help councillors to concentrate on council work like public representatives in all other spheres of government,” Mtolo said.

The PGC also resolved to intensify the battle for the nationalisation of mines “as part of a bigger war to attain economic freedom in our lifetime.”

“Economic freedom in our lifetime means that the entirety of the Freedom Charter objectives should be realised, particularly the clarion call that the people shall share in the country’s wealth.

“Branches, regions and the province of KZN will lobby all ANC structures to adopt a draft resolution of the ANCYL on nationalisation of mines.”

The PGC also re-affirmed the many resolutions taken on the provision of free tertiary education to all needy and deserving students.

ANCYL president Julius Malema was also re-affirmed as the KZN candidate for presidency during the ANCYL national elective conference scheduled for next year.

The youth league also called for the provincial government to reshuffle the provincial government cabinet, particularly in the departments of Social Development, Public Works and Human Settlement, which did not perfom to the league’s expectations.

The ANCYL also resolved to amend its constitution to mandate the expulsion of any member who takes the organisation to court over internal disputes.

In an address earlier on, former ANCYL president and Deputy Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula said disciplined members must exhaust all internal procedures instead of taking the organisation to courts.

He also emphasised the need to implement the ANC resolution to establish an independent media tribunal.

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