Mashatile wants debate on 'economic freedom'

2011-06-25 17:51

Pretoria - Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile on Saturday backed the youth leagues fight for economic freedom but cautioned that there should be a rational and robust debate on the meaning of the term.

Speaking at the start of a two-day Provincial General Council (PGC) in Centurion's St George Hotel, Mashatile said: "We agree with the youth league for having identified the transformation of the economy as the central task of this phase of the revolution.

"However, we must open a rational and robust debate on the meaning of economic freedom and the practical steps that must be taken to achieve it [in] our lifetime."

Last week, during the ANC Youth League national congress, Malema told of how the youth would achieve economic freedom by marching to the Union Buildings, from Alexandra via neighbouring Sandton, the country’s economic powerhouse, open the fridges there and "get the cheese".

Mashatile congratulated the young lions for a "successful" congress and renewed the commitment to advance youth development as an integral part of the party's transformation agenda.

Speaking on organisation building and renewal, Mashatile reminded delegates, who packed the room ready for their discussions, that the responsibility to elect leadership was on their shoulders.

"You said dare and fail the movement," he said.

The party was preparing for four regional conferences in Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, West Rand and Tshwane.

"We must ensure that we do not emerge from conferences with a leadership that will cause instability in the organisation and in municipalities," he said.

Crime against humanity

Meanwhile, Mashatile had tough words for underspending municipality and government departments, saying this was a crime against humanity, especially for a country with a "massive" developmental backlogs.

"Under-spending must be declared a crime against the poor," he said, adding that this failure to spend on infrastructure development was a glaring weakness that needed to be addressed.

"No department under the ANC led government or municipality must have any excuse to under-spend money allocated towards improving the quality of life for our people."

Without mincing his words, Mashatile said on all those deployed in government to do their work.

"Failure to implement must attract dire consequences," he said, leading to a thunderous applause from delegates.

Mashatile said filling high-paying positions with underpeformers was the same as failing the people.

In this regard, the provincial executive committee will soon hold a two-day Lekgotla, in order to address these "weaknesses" and put programmes in place to accelerate transformation.

"We must show urgency. We cannot afford to go to 20 years of freedom in 2014 with an uncaring attitude and laissez-faire approach to the problems faced by our people."

Among other measure to address these problems, the PEC has resolved ton set up a monitoring and evaluation unit to track and monitor the implementation of ANC programmes.

The PGC continues until Sunday, where resolutions to the meeting will be concluded.

Mashatile urged delegates, who sang revolutionary songs and danced just ahead of formal proceedings, to be brutally frank and thorough in their debates.

He reminded them of the recent passing of struggle stalwarts Albertina Sisulu and Kader Asmal, saying they must defend and deepen the culture of fearless debates and intellectual engagements in the movement.

"We must continue to discourage the tendencies of intolerance of different views among some of us. Those who hold different views must freely express them as long as they do so with the utmost discipline within the structures of the organisation."

The party said 1 500 delegates from various branches were in attendance.

  • za101 - 2011-06-25 18:15

    The chances of Malema nationalising the mines or expropriations of farms is no greater than Zimbabwe attacking South Africa. If gov were to begin acting on Malema's policies, the South African economy would immediately go into free fall. Zimbabwe took 5 years to collapse, becuase there was always hope President Mbeki would flight to Harare to tell Mugabe to stop, Greece is chugging along, becuase there is hope Germany and France would save that country. South Africa does not have any neighbours that will bail us out if Malema's policies are implemented. In 6 days, the South African economy will seize. If there are no transactions, government will loose out on VAT. If companies dont pay their staff, becuase there is a run on the bank, gov wont get their monthly PAYE payments. Government will not be able to pay civil servants, nor pay pensions, child support or disability grants nor pay its suppliers. If the rand falls, petrol prices will rise immediately. Foreign companies wont sell to South Africa becuase south african companies might not be able to pay their accounts due to foriegn exchange controls being re-instated. Imagine BMW, VW, TOYOTA, Mercedes Benz all stopping automobile manufacturing! If farms are being expropriated in NorthWest province, it will be highly irresponsible for people in CPT to being going to their local wimpy or spur, meaning businesses close down, employees out of jobs, less vat, less paye, less co tax etc etc. Malema got no chance

      BigD - 2011-06-25 18:59

      Your commeents are only the tip of what will actually happen to SA economy.

      crackerr - 2011-06-25 19:15

      There will definitely not be a waiting game, as you point out, because there will be nothing to save the situation to wait for. The economic meltdown will be a foregone conclusion. One consolation is that the ringleaders of nationalization and their henchmen will be dealt with viciously - if they can be reached because they WILL run when they see the anger reaching boiling point. South Africans do not have a foot path southwards like the current Zimbabweans to release the pressure. We are stuck where we are. Let the destoyers of this country, our democracy and our lives take note.

      James Weather - 2011-06-25 21:34

      Mashatile your an idiot !!!! You gonna cause kuk ... and that same kuk will come back and hit you in the face. Maybe not our generation but our children will be paying the price of your ignorance. What comes around goes around...

      SaintBruce - 2011-06-25 22:09

      To Paul Mashatile - there is only one (1) economic freedom: it's called WORK! If a man will not put his hand to the plough, then shall he starve! Ancient Proverb that sums up the African mindset and all poor peoples on this Earth.

  • cocopops - 2011-06-25 18:16

    Malema told of how the youth would achieve economic freedom by marching to the Union Buildings, from Alexandra via neighbouring Sandton, the country’s economic powerhouse, open the fridges there and "get the cheese ..........the fat cats in the ANC are just using the mice(youth) to get the cheese for them!!!!.

      thinker - 2011-06-25 21:49

      Yep, I notice they will only "get the cheese" not eat and enjoy it

  • crackerr - 2011-06-25 18:26

    They are free to participate in the economy, and legislation further encourages them and compels minorities to assist them. Why this call for economic freedom then? They are already free. The bad news is that if they were / are unable to make it with the most advantageous conditions that will ever be on the table to favour them, they will never make it. Some truth will do all in this country some good.

      Ogre - 2011-06-25 21:12

      The true bad news for them is that, to have true economic freedom, you have to WORK for it. Is there someone out there that can tell me if Julius Malema has ever had a job outside of politics? I am going slightly off the subject but I have come accross the declaration that a new ANCYL member must make when joining. It reads as follows, “I, solemnly declare that I will abide by the aims and objectives of the ANC Youth League as set out in the Constitution, that I am joining the organization voluntarily, without expectation of material gain and I will participate in the life of the organization as a loyal, active and disciplined member.” Under the obligations section the following is stated, "exercise discipline and exemplary behaviour at all times and maintain harmonious relations with all members of the ANCYL and the community in general; 7 combat all forms of tribalism, regionalism, nepotism, and other forms of discrimination based on race and sex as well as combating factionalism and malicious gossip within our ranks. 8 initiate and participate in activities aimed at promoting international solidarity, peace and social Justice". All the above comes from the ANCYL constitution of 2004. Take the time to read the offences that can have a member expelled from the organisation. It is easier to look for those that malema has not committed.

  • Carlin - 2011-06-25 18:47

    Most of the "youth" are unemployed because they are unemployable. Their "I am a victim" and "I am entitled" mentality excludes them from entrepeneurship too. Thats where "liberation before education" got them. Feeling used suckers?

  • Macho Mike - 2011-06-25 18:47

    Simple response MrMashatile.......... "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others." London Times

      theo_dore - 2011-06-25 19:23

      That article is from a hoax email thats been going around.

      Macho Mike - 2011-06-25 20:15

      @theo_dore - even if the article turns out to be a hoax, the content is certainly true, and a damming indictment on the ANC

      Phaedioux - 2011-06-25 23:30

      @Theo_dore, what makes you so sure it is a hoax? Never a truer word has been said! Most countries that have adopted 'an equal opportunity employer' attitude have done so to uplift their minority immigrants who have in the past been struggling to find employment. This applies in most of Europe and in The USA. Please indicate one other country in the world that has AA to protect its own indigenous citizens?

  • Anonymus - 2011-06-25 18:58

    a debate is something the ANCYL will not commit to. They have no rational to have a logical and meanful debate.

  • Wishbone - 2011-06-25 19:02

    Biggest load of sycophantic nonsense. Let me spell out the route to economic freedom: H-A-R-D W-O-R-K.

  • Airwolf - 2011-06-25 19:21

    Lots of talking and talks about debates, and not enough serious hard work!

  • Lee - 2011-06-25 19:21

    Awesome, really keep it up. Instead of sitting as a fat cat on tax payers money you may have to fight/work for a slice of the pie. Do you stupid fools that agree with this crap think these people are going to give up their easy money. They have not got a clue where it all comes from, never mind how its made. So long ANC you will be eaten by the masses.

  • sainsaudi - 2011-06-25 19:31

    Fine words, but if not acted upon are just another bunch of very expensive words at an expensive venue. The basics are necessary, and these are a high standard of education, the implementation of morality, ethics and a common sense of nationhood, revisiting racist legislation and replacing it with legislation that is aimed at the poor of all races, and not at the all-ready rich cadres, earnestly setting up work centres where the unemployed can go to get skills training, and implementing a work ethic in the youth so that they can see that in order to be a success you don't have to be a thief or rely on government handouts. Finally, stop using race to divide the nation and start applying the Freedom Charter and the Constitution in your daily lives. Then there will be transformation for the better, by the people and for the people.But by taking away from one section of the population to give to another sector of the population will not bring about economic freedom. It will bring about poverty.

  • Christian - 2011-06-25 20:13

    Whites taught blacks that a language could be written, THEY NEVER UNDERSTOOD A LANGUAGE COULD BE WRITTEN...their culture is simple and backward...they are now attempting to adopt a western culture far to complicated for them to understand...malema in a Range Rover- no advert for RR!

      VM1 - 2011-06-26 11:25

      @Christian You primitive ideas shows the lack of intelect and reflects your hillybily redneck bloodline. These ideas are shared from generations to generation ie "all whites are exploiting dogs and are thieving criminals" If blacks have to get rid of the steriotypes they hold against whites - whites have to lose theirs too. Now how's that for a " written language" you dimwit....

  • Newsferret - 2011-06-25 20:30

    Good heavens, I thought that through corruption the economy was already transformed.

  • Gundaan - 2011-06-25 20:45

    Speaking at the start of a two-day Provincial General Council (PGC) in Centurion's St George Hotel, Mashatile said: "We agree with the youth league for having identified the transformation of the economy as the central task of this phase of the revolution. So what he,s saying is that the revolution is not over much for the Constitution signed by ALL parties in 1994 .... communist thugs ...

  • Flash - 2011-06-25 22:01

    I wonder if they will be getting any of this "cheese" from Malema's house in Sandton while they are marching. I'm sure his fridge is full of the stuff.

  • jayt612 - 2011-06-25 23:39


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