Malema delivers stinging message

2011-02-27 18:31

Rustenburg - Those in power must not abuse their office to benefit their friends and immediate family, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on Sunday.

"This democracy is not a democracy of families, this is a democracy of the people of this country... We cannot sit back while families enrich themselves in the name of freedom," Malema said at the launch of the ANCs 2011 election manifesto at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

Reports have surfaced recently about lucrative mining deals entered into by President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane and the Gupta family, from India.

Malema said nobody should abuse the country's minerals because they belonged to the people.

"This is our minerals... We must fight for them," he said, reiterating the ANCYL's support for nationalising the country's mines.

Malema also urged ANC members to vote for the party irrespective of whether they approved of the councillor it selected.

"Whether you like the face or not (of the councillor)... as long as next to that face is the emblem of the ANC, you must vote for that face," he said.

"We are failed by individuals, not by our organisation, the ANC."

Malema said people wanted councillors who would work for them.

"We don't want councillors that use surnames to hire people. We don't want councillors who use surnames to give RDP houses," he said.

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