Minister accepts ANCYL memorandum

2011-10-28 11:34

Pretoria - Newly-appointed Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi emerged from the Union Buildings on Friday to accept a memorandum from the ANC Youth League's leadership.

ANCYL leader Julius Malema earlier demanded that only a member of the Cabinet accept their memorandum on "economic freedom".

"We don't want a DG [director-general]. We didn't vote for a DG but a politician. If you are not a minister don't waste our time," Malema said to loud cheers.

Malema said if a minister did not accept the memorandum, marchers would go back home and come back another time. This led to a roar of "no, no, no," from the crowd.

Peaceful protest

Malema accused the police of "being dramatic" with their heavy presence.

"You don't need task force protection. These are peaceful protesters."

At the Union Buildings, a song leader sang "Kgalema's my president", referring to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Some of the placards carried read: "Black on black apartheid", "greed-based corruption" and "yes we don't want Zuma and Gwede", referring to President Jacob Zuma and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Supporters of the march mostly walked from Johannesburg on Thursday to create awareness of youth unemployment.

Malema walked part of the 50km trip.

He handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg's city centre on Thursday, before marching to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton.

The walk from Sandton to Tshwane, along the R101 Old Pretoria Road, took eight hours.

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  • Victor - 2011-10-28 11:40

    Well done, Action brings results..

      Kevin - 2011-10-28 12:55

      Nonsense , This was a massive failure and shows once again that he does not have a support base worth mentioning. Fat boy has failed once again. Zoomer ,I do not think you have to fear a mosquito . You can swat it now.

  • Jeff - 2011-10-28 11:42

    Why allow a minister to accept the 'memorandum'? Send the floor sweeper.

      oscar.manamela - 2011-10-28 12:27

      Jeff, have respect pls

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 12:52

      @Jeff and you Janine sit down and Chill

      Pebetse - 2011-10-28 13:30

      jeff sit down n chill,

      Monde - 2011-10-28 14:30

      dumb Jeff. for a change Malema has done something to make you and other fatcats take notice of the seeds of revolution, that are unattended to.

  • Marion - 2011-10-28 11:43

    Sounds like the marchers weren't too keen to have to do it all over again... I don't blame them. They must be footsore, tired and hungry. And they also got major suntans they didn't need or want.

      ACEUP - 2011-10-28 13:38


  • Peter - 2011-10-28 11:44

    Let this be a lesson to government, the youth have power!!!

      mfrater - 2011-10-28 12:17

      What power? The power to walk 50km to hand over a piece of paper that says "Eish, giiiiiv us free munny beeecoss we ah blek!? That time should have been spent LEARNING A SKILL or EDUCATING THEMSELVES (LIBRARY IS FREE LAST I CHECKED)... get a JOB! Your are FREE to do that any time. Otherwise march BACK to Sandton, straight to JuJu's house, and hand that SAME paper to the man with all the money, I'm sure he's MORE than willing to hand it out in bucket loads to you.

  • Herman - 2011-10-28 11:47

    Well, now the kids can all go home and play.

      Pieter - 2011-10-28 12:13

      No, Herman, these kids that were forcefully taken from their schools to take part in the march, will have to go back home and STUDY! It is because they are not properly educated that jobs for them are scarce. Remember: we are slap bang in the middle of the matric examinations!

      Herman - 2011-10-28 12:25

      These kids are mostly in their late twenties and early thirties, they should have studied long ago and not burn down their schools or listen to this waste of a person called malema. No sympathy from my side for them.

      Kevin - 2011-10-28 12:56

      Should have told them to come back tomorrow, sore feet and all.

  • David - 2011-10-28 11:48

    He may be but if he stopped wasting time and money and tried to create jobs though the ancyl and be less corrupt more people might take him seriously and we can perhaps create a better country

  • Joseph - 2011-10-28 11:48

    hope after this march,FAT BOY`s legs will be swollen

      Daniel - 2011-10-28 12:04

      LIKE HIS HEAD ???

  • Herman - 2011-10-28 11:50

    At least the cricket will be interesting......

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 12:55

      Go and feed your Cats

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 13:02

      @silvANUS haha cant you come up with anything better or more intellectual then "go and feed your cats" ? or are you jealous that we can afford to have animals like cats and dogs an look after them ?

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 14:02

      @mic HEAL Wena ngatsi unenkinga

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 14:09

      um...anus...if you wana speak to me speak in a language i can understand jou klein snot kop kind!

  • Eugene - 2011-10-28 11:58

    So what exactly is the real world implications of this memorandum? Since its mainly against "White capitalist"...doesn't he know Jews are not considered white? (Not even by their own records - or Genes) So let me point out: He wants economic freedom, Have he seen what they did to Gadaffi? They sang Kill the Boer? They said that if they're demand are not met blood will flow? whos blood exactly? They want White capital? (Yes that's white property, jobs etc) They want what "whites" stole from them? How exactly is this considered a "peaceful" march? And i guess he wants a better score on on his school report for wood work 2?...i recommend giving him a course in history as well....

      Herman - 2011-10-28 12:02

      call to arms from the revolutionary child you think?

      chris.faurie - 2011-10-28 12:08

      Julius alledge that he is from the working class, he has not done a days work in his life.

      Mike - 2011-10-28 12:25

      Eugene you need to march just to educate yourself...what drivel you bigot with reference to your opening line, I hope your stuff goes first

  • Amy - 2011-10-28 12:00

    Like it or not, Juju & Co made it!!Dey even got a Minister to accept their memerandum.....WELL DONE FOLKS

      Anton - 2011-10-28 12:19

      It is They not Dey, at least say it right

      Servaas - 2011-10-28 12:21

      Well, obviously they made it all the way to the union building.. Was not as if he had to dodge taxis nor walk 50km through a mine field. Wow, what an accomplishment, walking...... Handing over a piece of paper saying, eish, we want money, we do not want to "wek", we want everything mahala!

      wethu - 2011-10-28 12:36

      @Amy, only idiot will not see what you are saying, they are hooked to the same bull they refer to juju with (and I dont like juju)

  • Pieter - 2011-10-28 12:06

    The ANCYL march is really a circus! They are part of the ANC and have the benefit of consulting with the leaders on a regular basis. Why do they need a march to 'protest' when they can easily just utter their concerns in the inner circle of the ANC? To my mind it is more of a Julius Malema power show. Why does the ANC allow this hooligan and his brats to carry on the way he does?

      Mtizozo - 2011-10-28 12:08

      Mnnr Piet, this is poilitic brue,,

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 12:13

      mtizozo r u pro malema ?

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 13:19

      @Pieter how can you say that are you refering to Blacks as Animal ,one thing i know animals perform in a Circus what makes you thing you better..

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 13:25

      @sil ANUS....go back to school and ask for you money back cuz it obviously didnt do you any good

  • Jan - 2011-10-28 12:22

    Why not give some of your wealth to the poor you d$%^k

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-28 12:33

    There is a shortage of toilet paper in the Union Buildings....memo will come in good use.

      Brad.Kopping - 2011-10-28 13:26

      xD my thoughts exactly nice one!!!!!!

  • Thabo - 2011-10-28 12:35

    i still say this is all to enrich th goveernment and their cant march for jobs and land rights....let me tell you were black people failed...selling their land for guns and when white people have occupied the land the black person wants it unfair of black people....this march doesnt prove a thing

      Joe - 2011-10-28 12:46

      Thabo, I totally agree with you. The first people on the south of Africa was the KhoiSan. Black people came from the north and took the land from both the Khoi and San people, chasing them into the deserts. White people traded land for various items. Shouldn't it be the few remaining KhoiSan people who should march and claim their land back?? Just asking

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 12:55

      mmmmm...valid point @joe.....esp when you consider that the Koisan ppl where around in S.A 1500 years before any black or white person

  • sonet.vd.westhuizen - 2011-10-28 12:41

    After this BIG display of claiming Nationality & free handout demands,SA will be losing MANY more millions due to investors NOT investing and those that are, pulling out of current investments!!.. MANY business owners and home owners will cut their losses SELL up... and leave SA to invest and start over elsewhere!!. (This includes myself and 3 of my families) Many job losses will follow, also many tax payers will be lost due to the stupidity of Malema once again!! But hey who cares, I am outa here!!

  • Kaybee - 2011-10-28 12:45

    atleast sumone 4rom the ANC is aknowleging that all is not well in matter what u think about Juju he is standing up and having his say about this rotten gov of ours,unlike sum of us who only moan & do nuthin...Viva future pres viva..Aluta Continua!

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 12:51

      OBVIOUSLY you dont have any problem with a IDIOT running this country

      Livhuwani - 2011-10-28 13:53


  • Kevin - 2011-10-28 12:51

    This is a nothing organization led by a middle aged crank using government money to exist. Sounds like your average anc voter who can also not do anything on there own.

  • Willie - 2011-10-28 12:54

    Kgalema Motlanthe must do himself a good service ,he should not accept the presidency 'cause he is weak as well is not going to challenge big boys at JSE

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 13:02

      How do you know that have you ever engaged with him directly so who is Strong you Whites.....Think before you comment ...

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 13:15

      @silv should practice what you preach boy...and go back to school and learn to make sum sense when you open your mouth

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 13:26

      @Mic HEAL who is your Boy Now OLD MAN why don't you go to the farm and get me some fruits

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 13:39

      siv ANUS..i am 26 you nig nog...and guess what...i have taken what i have learned in school and applied it to my everyday life AND WORKED FOR WHAT LITTLE I HAVE TODAY! get a clue d00s

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 13:48

      @mic HEAL what is that call others Boy RELAX

      Luiz - 2011-10-28 13:51

      @willie he dsnt need 2 challenge them,the onli thing he must do is to draft a new legislature at parliament.dnt say he is weak coz he dsnt tok 2 much and u dnt knw him in personal

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 14:13

      siv i said boet...learn to speak sense when you open your mouth

  • Thabo - 2011-10-28 13:00

    mordern day tyrant

  • Jimmy - 2011-10-28 13:10

    He has worked out that his support base is the unemployed poor who have nothing to lose as they have nothing and no future, so they follow him. Meanwhile he is raping them with all his underhand deals that have made him a very rich man in a short spate of time.

  • Charlotte - 2011-10-28 13:16

    you know the country knows about Malema's 14 000 000 house project think how many "POOR" Black families that can feed and for how long? good grief man do you enven know what it means to SHARE! how about the rich fat cats sharing their riches for the poor people of this country then you can say I've done my share....... keep on walking johnny walker

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 13:37

      never mind the food Charlotte! what about all the houses that could be built with that money for the people who are poor and less fortunate? which would create, at least, some kind of employment!

  • Thabo - 2011-10-28 13:18

    kaybee your talking out of your people are the biggest complainants in history...we dont wanna work but we want fancy houses and fancy cars....we want things to be done for us....we are lazy plain and simple........ZAR is owned by malema and kenny......please dont tell me "he did most of us coudnt do" thats typical black mentality......if you want things them yourself just like when your parents raised you themselves...the government didnt raise please dont tell about achievements and what he is doing is right.....he's doing nothing right

  • Roberta - 2011-10-28 13:18

    The comments:"Julius Malema earlier demanded that only a member of the Cabinet accept their memorandum on "economic freedom" and "We don't want a DG [director-general]. We didn't vote for a DG but a politician. If you are not a minister don't waste our time," is really a lot of demands from a mere youth, who seems to think he's already running the country (God help us). IMHO the young man requires a good "snotklap", and to be told to go home, grow up and come back when he can say or do something responsible.

  • Livhuwani - 2011-10-28 13:31

    i like white people but the majority of white people who comment on News24 are stll 100& RACISTS, some they refers us blacks as Animal ,so lets respect each other we are all made by the Image of GOD so stop critisisng each other and talk sense. i am full member of ANCYL

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 13:35


      Mike - 2011-10-28 14:12

      You right dude the abuse is terrible, however if we were made in gods image we'd be invisible!

  • Thabo - 2011-10-28 13:36

    whats next? hunger strike.......terrorism and instability in the city......please.....i dont need to be reminded that im black and i have rights thus for i want what is mine even though its not mine but i still want and you will get.....laze around and you will suffer....xenophobia taught us that blacks are the biggest backstabbers ever encountered....we want jobs that the nigerians and the zimbabweans have..its unfair...dont forget this country was built blacks and whites...white people helped s alot...we speak english...we know wats sex and all of these things they brought....

      Micheal - 2011-10-28 13:46 is people like YOU that are needed within the ANCYL!

  • Luiz - 2011-10-28 13:38

    GO JUJU this whites are against u coz they are the ones that owns the mines and all black people who doesnt support malema wake up.dnt get fooled by the whites while we remain malema viva

      silvanus.m.mothapo - 2011-10-28 13:53

      The strange thing is Blacks are the ones who WORKING there ASS OFF and they get nothing in return look @ the Mine underground.ANCYL demands change to Constitution

  • - 2011-10-28 13:40

    Where there is smoke there is always a blerry BIG fire. Because JM managed to hand over a piece of paper does not make him a saint! I smell big trouble!

  • Thabo - 2011-10-28 14:02

    luiz thas what you have been misled to think...fooled by whites?????do you listen to yourself brotha?.....whites never fooled us for reason...whites are doing things that try to help us black people...sure right we havent forgiven them for the whole apartheid debacle but are poor becoz you chose to be want to be want think that you are poor...and yet you have the time to be posting comments on news 24 with your blackberry and maybe whereever you are you are sitting in your computer eating sandwiches and takeaways...please brotha look at yourself before you grade yourself with the lower demographic

  • Thabo - 2011-10-28 14:09

    how do you know that their are racists??????????????youre assuming that?????? assumptions wont get you anywhere ma man....get your research straight and then when you have proof.....comment...for now you have no proof....wich means youre also talking out of your ass

  • Luiz - 2011-10-28 14:13

    we are unshaken,wer r gng 2 nationalize the mines,whoever(zuma) dsnt support the idea we remove him from his position.we want more radical leaders like malema

  • Glitchcs - 2011-10-28 15:29

    Here is the crux of it all, Malema and his crowd walk for Economic Freedom...How do they wish to obtain freedom....TAKE IT from hard working South Africans. What do you think will happen when they (if they) get this "Freedom"? Tell you now...Nothing!...They not walking for Economic Freedom...Malema say Freedom, I say Starvation! That is what will happen! How do I base my theory (besides for looking at Zimbabwe and other African Countries that said the same things years ago and now look at them)...Most people that win the Lotto loose and Squandel everything within a few years and land up in a worse position then when they started, this is because they got it with no Value attached.

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