ANCYL: ‘show of force’ scaring off investors but influence should not be overrated

2011-09-01 00:00

THE out-going president of the Transvaal Landbou Union yesterday warned that “the last bells will toll for South Africa if the ANC Youth League is not reined in”.

Speaking at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Pretoria, Ben Marais said the Youth League’s “show of force” is worrying.

“The ANC is reluctant to rein them in. It causes investors to shy away from South Africa,” he said.

Fewer investments mean fewer jobs and the government was already “destroying the agricultural balance sheet with ideology,” he said.

“He (the government) wants to make economic freedom a reality. A lot of noise is made that wealth must be shared — but the cake cannot be cut if there is no one to bake it,” Marais said.

Meanwhile, well-known political analyst and author, Max du Preez, said the disciplinary hearing is not about discipline, but “the heart and the soul of the ANC”.

Du Preez said if the Youth League comes out of the disciplinary hearing unscathed, the populist culture in the government will win and President Jacob Zuma will have lost his last chance to prove to South Africa that he is a capable president.

There is now more pressure than ever on the ANC in the fight between Zuma and Julius Malema, and the one who loses, will lose a lot, said Du Preez.

Malema’s possible suspension from the ANC may lead to initial instability, but Du Preez believes that the influence his 250 000 supporters wield should not be overrated.

“Malema’s supporters are relatively few in a country with 50 million residents. Most of them are also very young and without weapons.”


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