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AFTER the ANC disciplinary hearing, Youth League leader Julius Malema has changed his tune from "kill the boer!" to "kiss the boer!" What a chameleon we have in brother Juju. But this is a man with a plan.
Next we see Malema in Parliament telling MPs that "nationalisation" will be ANC policy come 2012. The honourable members of Parliament heaped praises on JuJu's call.
Malema has taken the moral high ground by declaring nationalisation a mechanism to serve the interest of the poor and, therefore, those who want to be in leadership of the ANC must sing the song of nationalisation.
Malema's call for nationalisation is a dangerous move. Why would we want to give Malema and his friends our mineral resources? Why would we give the ANC any more responsibilities over our assets when they have made a holy mess of everything the nation has entrusted to them? Think about how state-owned enterprises such as Transnet, SABC, up to Eskom have been reduced to self-enrichment schemes for connected individuals.
While Malema's call for nationalisation is a more honest reflection of the ANC policy of "de-racialising capitalism", meaning making a few blacks connected to the ANC super rich while the majority suffer. The SACP's criticism of the Malema's call unfortunately is even more unhelpful because it does not even advance the interest of a black bourgeoisie. Instead it leaves wealth in the hands of whites.
What unites both the "nationalists" and the "communists" is their commitment to leave our economy in white hands. They do not want to democratise wealth ownership for the masses.
Understood correctly, neither is Malema's call for nationalisation nor the SACP criticism in the interest of the majority. If Malema was serious about the poor, he could have at least called his comrades to back off from dispossessing communities of their platinum in Limpopo and Mpumalanga and could have also led workers to demand ownership of Aurora mine which has been brutally exploiting workers. Why the silence? Well the owners of the Aurora mine bear the names Mandela and Zuma.
The call for the poor to benefit from the natural wealth is correct and must be supported. However, it's doubtful if we can trust the ANC and Malema with such a responsibility.
Furthermore, Malema is simply wrong to suggest that government is broke. Truth is money has been misspent, such as the R30billion for the World Cup, while babies die due to lack of investment in healthcare.
The call for nationalisation must therefore be understood as a mere strategy to change the leadership of the ANC and not a mechanisms to answer the challenges faced by the poor.
It's about time we stopped believing what politicians say, but rather look at what they do.
The poor must understand that they can't delegate the responsibility of changing their circumstances to the leaders.
The poor must be directly involved, otherwise they will always be robbed blind. For now Malema must be asked to stay away from our diamonds.