ANCYL blasts Nkandla spend
ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola has suggested that President Jacob Zuma does not understand the nation's priorities.
Although not mentioning Zuma by name, Lamola instead said Zuma's predecessors - Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki - were national leaders who understood these priorities.
Speaking at an ANCYL policy workshop at Unisa's main campus in Pretoria yesterday, Lamola pointed to the increased investment and attention given to Zuma's village of Nkandla since he came to office as proof that the president prioritised his own backyard at the expense of South Africa's development.
"We are inspired by presidents Mandela and Mbeki because when they led, they understood that they were leading a nation," Lamola said. "It cannot be that because a president comes from a certain village, that village should now be turned into a little city.
"You cannot go to Mvezo (Mbeki's home) or Qunu (Mandela's village) and say that a president comes from here because Mandela and Mbeki understood that there needed to be national development first."
Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal has grabbed media headlines in recent months after millions of rands were spent on developing the area. Zuma's own homestead has benefited from suchdevelopment.
Zuma's leadership of the ANC also came under attack. National executive committee member Andile Lungisa described the current ANC leadership as "indecisive and weak".
Lungisa said about the party's reluctance to implement nationalisation of mines as policy: "We have a leadership that is not decisive. You can't have a debate on nationalisation for six months or two years. We have a weakness of leadership in South Africa (and) that is why we are told about investors."
He dismissed Zuma and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe's continued championing of The Second Transition policy discussion document.
"That document is a fallacy, comrades. We have only one process to deliver, political and economic emancipation," he said.
The league again called for the nationalisation of mines as well as expropriation of land without compensation as ways to end poverty among blacks.
Youth league head of policy and political education Abner Mosaase indicated that a new leadership would be elected during the ANC elective conference in Mangaung in December.
- This article was first published in the newspaper on 22 June 2012