Important but misguided march

2011-11-05 11:07

It was interesting to see thousands of young people marching behind the rich and famous Julius Malema in the recent Economic Freedom march led by the ANC Youth League.

Worthy of noting was that some of the marchers did not know why they were marching. This showed that they were not informed before the march about the reasons behind it and the expected results after the march.

It was shocking to see some placards reading “Marry me Julius” and entertaining to read all of the other funny comments.

It makes one question the purpose of the march. Let’s contrast the march with the league’s Jobs for Youth summit, which took place simultaneously with the march. The summit seems to have taken a clearer direction.

Youths from many organisations were invited, and there were more vigorous debates and attention to detail, unlike the Malema-led march where young people had just joined without necessarily knowing the goal of the march.

While the march was misrepresented as being revolutionary, the summit seems to have been more revolutionary because delegates mapped out a clear road to economic freedom and set up timelines that must be met by the government and
delegates alike.

Clear solutions, not just political rhetoric, were presented at the summit. This presents a clear road and helps young people follow up with the government about the resolutions that were taken.

The league’s leadership should learn from the youth formations that were gathered at the summit. In this epoch of our history, it is not just marches and political slogans that will uproot poverty for good, but concrete work on the ground and clear solutions.

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