Nationalisation a done deal - Lamola
ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola says the youth league is no longer discussing nationalisation because they are confident that it is going to be implemented. He said what they were now discussing was what to nationalise first.
"We believe iron ore, platinum, coal, magnesium and zinc must be nationalised. The same goes for companies like De Beers and Anglo American. We are currently debating what to take first," he said.
Lamola was addressing scores of Tshwane University of Technology students in Soshanguve, outside Pretoria, during a public administration lecture yesterday.
He said the youth must never doubt that they can run the mines.
"We will gradually graduate like the Zimbabwean people who took over farms from whites. We must just enhance the minds of young people and channel them properly," he said.
He also reiterated that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga must apologise (for the textbook fiasco) to the nation and do the honourable thing and resign. He encouraged the youth to speak out when textbooks are not delivered to their schools.
"She must voluntarily resign, she must not wait for us to toyi-toyi and force her to do so," Lamola said. "She has failed in her responsibility. You cannot say you are the minister of basic education but claim you are not responsible when textbooks are not delivered.
"She must take responsibility and say, 'I have failed in my responsibility, I apologise for the mess I made and I am resigning'. This is the essence of public administration."
Lamola said today's youth were fighting for economic freedom and can only do that if they are educated and can read books. He also said professional bodies were run by white males and did not reflect the demographics of the country.
"The rainbow nation cannot be reflected in sports like soccer and rugby. We will only have a united and equal South Africa if the resources of the country are shared equally.
"For this to happen, we need a group of educated public administrators who are able to interpret the legislation and policies of government," Lamola said.