ANCYL calls for overhaul of ministries
Youth want 'ministers of expropriation', saying they must ensure that strategic sectors of the economy are nationalised
THE ANC Youth League has upped its ante in its battle to influence its mother body by calling for an overhaul of government ministries in line with the Freedom Charter. They are also calling for a new leadership not based on tribal influence.
In what could be seen as a swipe at President Jacob Zuma - who has so far received backing from KwaZulu-Natal, his home province, to be re-elected in Mangaung - ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said the league wanted national leaders, and not ones that had geographical or tribal influence.
"Those are the people we want to lead us ... leaders who will influence the direction of the people," Lamola said yesterday.
The league held its policy workshop at the weekend where it discussed issues it planned to raise at the ANC's policy conference due to take place this month.
In ensuring that the youth get free education by 2013, the league wants a "minister of free education who would be tasked with doing what Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande has failed to do".
"(Nzimande) has been dilly-dallying around and is not sure about his role," said Lamola.
Lamola slammed what he said were "sleeping parliamentarians", saying this will end after Mangaung in Free State, where the ANC would elect new leaders.
"We want energetic leaders, after Mangaung we don't want sleeping parliamentarians. This is why we want a generational mix."
The ANCYL will try to convince its mother body to adopt a policy that will see the establishment of ministries aligned to the Freedom Charter.
The league believes that the time has come to revert back to the Freedom Charter by appointing ministers whose mandate will be to ensure that strategic sectors of the economy are nationalised, including one who would ensure South African youth get free education, Lamola said.
This comes days after Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi raised concerns at how the ruling party and its tripartite alliance were continuously trying to appease liberals by backtracking on the Freedom Charter by not speaking on nationalisation.
Lamola said the "minister of nationalisation" would be assessed after serving a two-year term and would be fired upon failure to radically transform the nation.
He called on the ANC to proclaim the need for the expropriation of land without compensation, saying land must be owned by the state and not private individuals, most of whom where white.
The youth league wants an economy that was "people driven like in Zimbabwe".
Lamola was flanked by the league's deputy secretary Kenetswe Masenogi, national executive committee member Thabo Kupa, and head of policy Abner Mosaase, among other youth leaders.
Lamola also disputed claims that ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had recommended that treasurer Pule Mabe be reinstated. Instead, Mantashe recommended he be charged internally. - Nhlabathih@sowetan.co.za