‘Ignore mining minister’ – youth league

2011-02-08 12:52

The ANC Youth League took a swipe at Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and Anglo American chief executive Cynthia Carol for making statements that appeared to be opposing nationalisation of mines.

On the sidelines of the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town today, Shabangu was quoted by Reuters as saying that nationalisation of mines was not an option for South Africa.

“We have got to make sure that we become responsible and we attract more investments.

“I still believe, I feel very strongly, that nationalisation would not be the option for South Africa,” Reuters quoted her as saying.

Shabangu’s statement quickly drew an angry response from the youth league, the torch bearers of the mine nationalisation debate.

The ruling party’s youth wing said Shabangu must focus on the resolutions taken last September at the ANC’s national general council, particularly speeding up the establishment of state-owned mining company and development of the country’s mining sector strategy within 12 months.

“Stakeholders in mining and the people of South Africa are called upon to ignore Susan Shabangu because she previously made almost similar remarks, but did not say anything in the ANC commission that was tasked with discussing nationalisation of mines in September last year,” the league said.

Carrol was attacked by the league for saying that nationalisation would lead to the “road to ruin”.

“The ranting of capitalists like chief executive of Anglo American is inspired by the misleading messages and fiction of Susan Shabangu.

“Cynthia Carrol is not a member of the ANC and knows nothing about what is happening in the organisation, so she should stay away from conclusively speaking about ANC policy direction.

“She should concentrate on improving Anglo American’s human and workers’ rights record across the world and in South Africa before the state takes ownership of the mines,” the league said.

The ANC has ordered research into suitable models for state participation in the mining sector.

The mining indaba is attended by more than 4?000 delegates and is Africa’s largest mining conference that is hosted yearly.

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