Minister accepts ANCYL memorandum

2011-10-28 11:34

Malema addresses ANCYL march

2011-10-28 10:57

ANCYL president Julius Malema addressed ANCYL supporters during their "economic freedom" march.WATCH

Pretoria - Newly-appointed Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi emerged from the Union Buildings on Friday to accept a memorandum from the ANC Youth League's leadership.

ANCYL 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.

Peaceful protest

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 Johannesburg on Thursday 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 Johannesburg's city centre on Thursday, before marching to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton.

The walk from Sandton to Tshwane, along the R101 Old Pretoria Road, took eight hours.

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