ANC can't live next 100 years without youth league

2012-02-27 00:00

MALEMA, who is awaiting the outcome of his application for mitigation of his five-year suspension, said the following at the rally:

•“Unban” the league: “The youth league made the ANC what it is, but today it is silent. It is difficult to celebrate the history of the ANC when you silence the ANCYL.” Referring to an ANC decision to let only President Jacob Zuma speak during its official centenary rally on January 8 in Mangaung, Malema said: “We all know the voice of the ANCYL wasn’t heard on January 8. Everything we say is subject to disciplinary action,” he said.

•ANC and the ANCYL: “The ANC can’t live the next 100 years if the youth league is banned. The ANCYL is the lifeblood of the ANC. We are the footsoldiers of the ANC.” In areas where there were no branches of the league, the ANC was weak.

•The ANCYL fought for the ANC: “Where were all those people when the ANCYL defended the ANC in 2007? Where were all those people when we defended the ANC in 2009 when there was a breakaway group called Cope? They weren’t sure if the ANC will be in power, but the youth league was the frontline of the ANC.”

•No permanent friends: “Like we see today the youth league has a few friends. In the past they all came to address rallies of the ANCYL, but you shouldn’t be surprised. When days are dark, friends are few. We will liberate ourselves.”

•Respect: “People who don’t know politics, they want to be feared, but people who want to earn respect will do so through how they treat their comrades. Respect is not a lucky packet.”

•Selective discipline: The disbanded ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal spoke out about the looming leadership battle (in Zuma’s favour) long before the league’s national leaders did, yet they weren’t disciplined.

•National Youth Development Agency (NYDA): ANC leaders said they want the youth to help create jobs, yet NYDA’s budget isn’t getting any bigger. “Our youth will not eat good speeches.”

•Meeting the ANC: Malema has called for a meeting, saying the youth league is writing letters to ANC leaders, but the leaders are not responding. This could suggest he is looking for a political solution to his suspension. “Problems can be resolved by one thing, a meeting. We ask for a meeting which can resolve all the problems. We do not ask for any favours. Even if we are mad, the leaders of the ANC should listen to our madness.”

•Dangerous times: “As long as our problems persist, it will be difficult. Our families are being tortured by those who claim to be comrades. We thought the torture can only be done by the boers, but today it is comrades.” He also said: “If you are a soldier, you must die with your boots on.” The youth league is the hope of the “hopeless people and the poverty-stricken”. There was a minimal police presence, if any, at the rally.

•ANC in our blood: “We want to die in the ANC. We want nothing other than the ANC. Why does the ANC now reject its children? Even if you do a DNA test, it will show we are the children of the ANC. Our blood is black, green and gold. Even if we are chased out tomorrow, our surname will remain Julius ANC.”

•Finally, we are innocent: “We did not do anything wrong. All we did wrong was to speak for the poor. What we did wrong was to make Alexandra look like Sandton.” — City Press.

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