Malema doesn’t buy nationalisation report

2012-02-10 11:48

Embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has cast aspersions on the conclusions of an ANC-commissioned study on the nationalisation of mines.

Speaking at the ANCYL lekgotla in Pretoria, Malema said the lead researcher Paul Jordaan was “compromised’ as he had spoken against the nationalisation of mines even before he undertook his research.

The ANC commissioned the study at its Durban national general council last year following persistent calls from the ANCYL for the state to take over mines.

Last weekend, the ANC’s national executive committee accepted the report, but did not officially release it to the public. Copies have, however, leaked.

Malema questioned the report’s conclusion that the ANC should rather consider taking 50% of the profits generated by mining companies instead of a government takeover of mines.

“Comrades, the research team has concluded its work and has presented preliminary reports to the ANC Economic Transformation Commission and as we said more than 12 months ago, there is completely nothing different between what the nationalisation report contains and what Comrade Paul Jordaan wrote in the ANC journal, Umrabulo, Number 33, in April 2010. What this means is that Comrade Paul Jordaan and the research team visited 13 countries and the only conclusion they could come up with are the opinions held by Comrade Paul Jordaan in 2010. It is possible that the research was a smokescreen to legitimise the personal opinions of Comrade Paul Jordaan and that is not how the ANC works and that is not what the ANC NGC said should happen,” he said.

The lekgotla is expected to discuss the report this weekend.

He said its recommendations for a tax of 50% on mining companies’ profits contradicted the clause in the Freedom Charter that says the mineral wealth should be transferred to the ownership of the people.

Taking a swipe at ministers Susan Shabangu and Trevor Manuel, who this week downplayed the nationalisation of mines, Malema said the struggle for the state ownership of mines would not be won in boardroom or mining indabas.

He reminded the lekgotla that the current leadership of the Youth League was elected to “pursue economic freedom struggles”.

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