Malema claims Mandela supported nationalisation

2010-02-11 09:53

NATIONALISATION was a policy that Nelson Mandela himself had

supported, ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema said today.

Malema was speaking at an African National Congress breakfast –

held at Drakenstein Prison, near Paarl – to mark the 20th anniversary of

Mandela’s release.

He said Mandela represented a generation that changed the ANC from

a moderate organisation into a fighting force, and had spoken about

nationalisation as a policy of the movement.

“We stand opposed to any peace-time heroes who want to oppose

nationalisation as not being a policy of the ANC,” Malema said.

“Madiba himself is better placed to give a proper interpretation of

the Freedom Charter, because Madiba was in the forefront as a


Malema was referring to the ANC’s defiance campaign of the


He said that at the Kliptown Congress of the People, Mandela had

been a leader and not “a typist”.

“He understood very well what the Freedom Charter means. And

therefore the youth of today, in emulating Nelson Mandela, we don’t want the

permission of any individual to live up to the expectations of the 1944


“Mandela and his generation said freedom in our lifetime, and we

want to declare today economic freedom in our lifetime,” Malema said.


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