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ANCYL a necessary irritation - Lamola

2012-09-10 22:39

Johannesburg - The ANCYL is a "necessary irritation" to the ANC, the league's deputy president Ronald Lamola said on Monday.

"And the young people of the ANC, you must never be apologetic about your role in the African National Congress," he said at the ANC Youth League's 68th anniversary celebrations in Thembelihle, Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

"The ANC has achieved 100 years because of the many contributions of young people. It was young people who rendered South Africa ungovernable... It was young people who started the ANC."

He said the future of the ANC was "doomed" if creative and innovative leaders were not given space to grow within the organisation.

"We are not a group a cheerleaders and praise worshippers for the leadership of the ANC. We are a critical body of opinion and a preparatory school for the ANC," Lamola said.

"We must not shy away from calling for a new leadership in the Mangaung [conference]."

He said the ANC needed to be taken over by a "new generation" of leaders.

"Since its birth the youth league is a force for change in the ANC - this is not new," Lamola said.

"The reason why the youth league was formed was to change the ANC."

He said the party would elect new leaders at its conference in Mangaung in December.

"You must not be scared about those using discipline as a campaign tool for a second term," Lamola said, referring to a campaign to have President Jacob Zuma elected for a second term as ANC leader.

"Whatever platform they get they speak about discipline. They no longer speak about providing houses... or water to the people. Comrades, we must be told about the future of the country."

Lamola said the ANC was like a parent who disciplined a pupil without having seen their report card.

"You must be worried that you did not give birth to a proper child."

He criticised the country for having a "cosmetic" rainbow nation.

Radical change

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile agreed with Lamola on "renewing" the ANC's leadership.

"We must renew our leadership and make sure when we elect leaders in Mangaung... we bring in the new generation of leaders.

"But we are saying today... we need radical change so that in 18 years or 20 years of democracy our people can look back and say 'we have a better life'."

He said the ANCYL was hosting its celebrations in Thembelihle instead of Sandton so it could "see their people".

"At the conference, we must adopt radical policies. Let us go there and renew the organisation. It [the African National Congress] must remain rooted amongst the masses of people."

He said the country's future was in the league's hands.

"We are saying to our young leaders: 'It is your responsibility to make sure you bring about change... So that people can have a better life'."

Earlier, Gauteng ANCYL secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi said the ANC needed "decisive leadership that was not afraid of its people".

She led the crowd in vocally supporting Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who were reportedly running for the positions of ANC president and secretary-general respectively.

The crowd sang songs in favour of Motlanthe while rolling their hands in the gesture used to call for the substitution of a soccer player.

Some held up one finger, representing one term for Zuma.

More than 500 people attended the celebrations. A three-tier cake, decorated in the ANC's green, black and gold, and the words "economic freedom in our lifetime" was cut and distributed after the speeches.

The children in the audience got cupcakes.

Comments
  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-10 22:47

    Someone can find it very symbolic that they have cut and distributed the "economic freedom".

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-11 02:10

      Can somebody please explain what is economic freedom? As far as I know we live in a free country now where everybody are free to participate in the economy. Above all that we have BEE that stacks all the cards in favour of blacks. Just look at how hard it is to get a job as a white person in a large company like Woolworths nowadays. But why the push for economic freedom, if they have all the freedom they could possibly hope for. I don't understand this economic freedom thing, somebody please explain it

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-11 02:11

      Aparently black are more free than whites to participate now.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-11 03:45

      I see he's still battling with that zit on his face. Lamola, put your head in a vice and close it, your whole head is a zit, trust me, I'm a doctor!

      tw2066 - 2012-09-11 06:21

      siyanda - you say "Most people think these ANCYL leaders are naive, foolish and stupid" - please sir, allow me to correct you - WE KNOW THEY ARE STUPID. Only an idiot can ask such dumb things and say some of the absolute drivel that these clowns do - as they embarrass us in the eyes of the world and destroy our democracy. If these morons are the preparatory school for the ANC, well it doesent say much for the future of the ANC. But what the hey.... revolution over evolution

      Squeegee - 2012-09-11 06:30

      Idiocracy reigns supreme...

      maree.cassie - 2012-09-11 07:19

      New and upgraded Julius malema!!! 2012 edition! Now come complete with new catch phrases like: "We are not a group a cheerleaders and praise worshippers for the leadership of the ANC" and ""You must be worried that you did not give birth to a proper child."

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-09-11 07:45

      can anyone recommend him a dermatologist?

      grant.hide - 2012-09-11 08:36

      Economic freedom is taking the money away from you so I can spend it for you. That way you are free from the economy. As one of them put it, I raise this glass as a toast for those who can't and i taste it for you. Sheeple stupidty.

      peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-09-11 09:02

      @Siyanda if you mean an irratation through pure stupidity and greed then yes it is a good statement because it is true. I would like to know of one good thing or infact any thing that the ANCYL has done for South Africa other then cause the deaths of lots of people and making life for many harder then what it should be!!

      nads.delange - 2012-09-11 09:48

      Juan, I think these clowns' definition of "economic freedom" is freedom from having to work for their money.

      themba.mkhize.5494 - 2012-09-11 10:08

      Viva ANCYL JUJU must return

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-11 11:35

      there is medication for irritation you know.... some come in the form of bullets it seems!

  • ngaka.sehlola - 2012-09-10 22:52

    The children in the audience got the cupcakes...What about the children in the podium?I bet you they all got you know what.

      ngaka.sehlola - 2012-09-10 22:53

      on the podium..

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-09-10 23:09

    "Necessary irritation" - something like the burning feeling that warns you you've got Gonorrhoea. Neither is good news.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-10 23:10

    Change, change, change. All that they are saying. Not once is anything said about murder, rape, mayhem, fraud, corruption, service delivery, health, education. The ANCYL leadership has collectively between them not the equivalent of one properly degreed current ANC cadre deployed leader, so how are they going to make educated and informed choices if, not when, the new so-called leaders are in charge. There is only one thing that the Lamolas of this world see. Big House, Black Car, Breitling on the arm.......

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-10 23:11

      Ohhhhhh........... I forgot the Bleu et Moet.

  • bernpm - 2012-09-10 23:58

    "ANCYL a necessary irritation - Lamola" An irritation for sure!! Necessary for what??? Disruption and destruction?? still waiting for some positive proposals

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-09-11 09:44

      lamola is an irritating blackhead.

  • juannepierre - 2012-09-11 04:36

    Five hundred people eating cake wanting a bigger piece. Lame. High schools have more than 500 people. This is pathetic.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-11 05:48

    Lamola. hahaha !

      Wally Walters - 2012-09-11 06:03

      This laaitie is well informed by Malema or does Malema prepare his speech because both of them share a brain cell

  • J.J. - 2012-09-11 05:51

    Look at the leader and you will see the followers.....The ANCYL is heading for a fall if this is what is considered to be a leader.... Scenes from Orwell's Animal Farm comes to mind.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-11 06:33

      Amen Prophet J.J

  • siyanda.yeni.5 - 2012-09-11 06:08

    ANCYL a necessary irritation to the ANC? I don't understand,they sound more like DA,an opposition party,than the ANC youth leage! These ppl are messing with us! The fight is always about positions! What the f..k!

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-11 06:20

    without ancyl, ronnie would have to get a real job and we all know how much he hates pulling weeds,

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-11 06:22

    The PS....pimple sqeeeeeezer in full swing.

  • Jacques - 2012-09-11 06:41

    Neccessary indeed- who else will bugger the anc up? Viva DA!

  • mirrorman.smith - 2012-09-11 07:03

    Agreed. BUT. There is also the element of respect and courtesy. Being young does not automatically absolve one of every responsibility and give unlimited rights to say what one wants. Your rights stop where your fellow human's right start. Simple.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-09-11 07:24

    "The countrys future is in the youth leagues hands" uhmm ... explain hw that makes any sense????

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-11 07:34

    I don't mind them irritating the ANC, pity they also have to irritate me is all

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-11 07:42

    100 years ago there were no people who used to tell elders what to do.Youngsters were controllable and disciplined.They were able to differentiate between right and wrong.There is no way you or your friends can take credit for that unless the whole of South Africa have been smoking their socks like you.Just like the ANC of today will never take credit for the well organised,selfless ANC members who had morals and cared about citizens back then.

  • flysouth - 2012-09-11 08:14

    The fact that there are actually people posting comments here which applaud this brain-dead moron and his organisation is the most worrying factor - apparently their critical faculties are suspended completely when discussing anything to do with the ANC! Regrettably - and disastrously for SA - this tendency is most strongly observed when it comes to elections.

  • morwawaga.selebi - 2012-09-11 08:22

    Adolf Hitler once said ' u can seat on the driver's seat but i'll stir it 4 u' thats what ANCYL c in dis new but failed former leaders

  • esmarie.brand - 2012-09-11 08:33

    SA better after 20 year democracy? ... What a joke. All we have is non existing education system, corruption, reverse apartheid and violence .. Better SA? Don't think so.

  • njabs.ngcobo - 2012-09-11 08:34

    And so the circus goes on.... how did our country get to this? oh well

  • gembleton1 - 2012-09-11 08:40

    The only organisation in the world that you are still considered a youth a 35, what a joke

  • gembleton1 - 2012-09-11 08:47

    It’s time the black man stood up and took responsibility for his actions, instead of blaming the Apartheid, colonialism, the white man, the tokalosh and the spirits, without the white man whom pays the majority of the taxes in SA there will be no SA, only a dust bowl with starving and diseased people, BLACK PEOPLE TAKE RESPOSABILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS NOW AND WE WILL HAVE A BETTER NATION FOR ALL. Now let see how long it takes to call me a racist

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-11 11:27

      GrantE Only idiots in your backyard will take you seriously because as far as I see it you are just another grumpy moron.Tikoloshe and spirits are not part of apartheid just as God can not be blamed for it.Responsible people like you should know exactly who was responsible for that.I do not know what your psychic readings tell you about who pays more tax.But as far as I see it you are still suffering from your white supremacy disease and believe me, there is only a few people left who think like you in this current SA.

  • mkhindana.peter - 2012-09-11 08:49

    Atleast this fool is right about changing the ANC leadership.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-09-11 08:58

    "A cosmetic rainbow nation"!!! it is only the racist pigs in the ANC and ANCYL that think this!! The rest of the country is trying to work together to make this country work while the leaders and the Special Needs ANCYL members try and destroy it!

  • Michael - 2012-09-11 09:09

    This is just another challange to ANC leadership, but there in nothing wrong with anyone having a different view on the leaders of this current ANC. This leadership will be defended by ANC branch members in Mangaung not by any media house including news24.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-09-11 09:29

    I wish the day would come that this Lamola man, together with his Malema friend, will be kidnapped, and taken to the nearest farm. When they wake up, they must be confronted with the families of the over 3000 murdered farmers. This will be the day of reconciliation for them

      Michael - 2012-09-11 09:45

      Dont worry about Malema, after Mangaung he will be quite for a very long time, he does not have polotical future in SA, Ronald Lamola(Orange) is a follower of Malema, he cant stand on his own polotically, he is lucy that media is giving him coverage this days.

  • angela.salloway - 2012-09-11 09:41

    He says"Decisive leadership that was not afraid of its people". Does he not realise it is these people that vote for the leadership or is it that in the ANC 'the chosen few' decide the leadership?

  • Jason - 2012-09-11 10:43

    did members get chicken and the kids get eggs

  • ro.jhb.1 - 2012-09-11 11:51

    Herpes is an irritation

  • seun.mogotji - 2012-09-11 18:20

    Change, change, change. All that they are saying. Not once is anything said about murder, rape, mayhem, fraud, corruption, service delivery, health, education. The ANCYL leadership has collectively between them not the equivalent of one properly degreed current ANC cadre deployed leader, so how are they going to make educated and informed choices if, not when, the new so-called leaders are in charge. There is only one thing that the Lamolas of this world see. Big House, Black Car, Breitling on the arm.......

  • krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-13 22:21

    Zuma will definitely win a second term as President. The ANCYL can say and do what they want they will not succeed in overthrowing ZUMA. Does the ANCYL know anything about Economic Freedom ???????????

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-19 07:13

    Yeah, like the smell from a sewerage.

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