ANCYL is not a fan club of anybody, says Lamola

2013-02-13 00:00

ANC YOUTH League acting president Ronald Lamola last night warned members of the youth body against being preoccupied with the names of people who should be in leadership positions when forming party structures.

“Students must stop launching structures of the ANCYL with names in their pockets. The mandate of the ANCYL is to mobilise behind the vision of the ANC and look after the interests of young people,” Lamola told students at the Durban University of Technology in Pietermaritzburg.

He said the launching of the league’s branches for leadership purposes should be stopped at all costs.

“This is a tendency that must be arrested. The ANCYL is not a fan club of anybody. It is an important organisation of Anton Lembede and Nelson Mandela,” Lamola said, referring to the league’s founding leaders.

He urged the league to become involved with the plight of poor students who need access to higher education. “The revolution is not about names,” Lamola said. “The branch must preoccupy itself with conscientising the youth with politics of the economy.”

Lamola said the youth league should throw its energies behind the ANC and thwart efforts by the Democratic Alliance, which was disguised as democrats and promoting the interests of the market.

“It is the ANC that listens to the needs of young people,” he said, before calling on youths to be foot soldiers of President Jacob Zuma and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Lamola called for the provision of free education to be speeded up.

“We must ensure, as young people, that we achieve free education in 2014. This matter cannot be postponed any further. You [students] must come here and offer your mind and hard work - nothing else,” he said to cheers.

Lamola said students should not be ashamed to demand state bursaries to further their studies.

“You must not be apologetic when demanding [assistance from] the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. It is budgeted for and given to institutions to allocate to you.”

He also called for the funding of tertiary education to be biased towards previously disadvantaged institutions.

“Why continue funding well established institutions? That funding must be diverted to previously disadvantaged institutions.”

Further education and training colleges should offer courses that prepared students for the market, he added.

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