ANCYL welcomes Zuma's take on economy
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has welcomed the ANC's vision for transforming the economy, spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said on Monday.
"The ANC Youth League has been saying that political power without economic power is meaningless and we are glad that the ANC accepts this analysis as a basis to transform our economy," Shivambu said in a statement commenting on President Jacob Zuma's January 8 statement.
The league also welcomed the "gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level", and the scrapping of fees for students at Further Education and Training Colleges unable to pay.
"We welcome these interventions and hope that other measures will be introduced to ensure that free education is provided until undergraduate level for all academically deserving, yet poor students at all levels."
The ANCYL was also pleased that poor women would be provided with sanitary towels.
"The practicalisation (sic) of this request is a sign that the ANC deeply cares about the wellbeing of the people of South Africa, in particular poor females."
Shivambu said the league was generally happy with the content of Zuma's address at the party's 99th anniversary celebration in Polokwane on Saturday.
"The acknowledgements and commitments of January 8 Statement are a great inspiration to the ANC Youth League because they confirm the reality that the ANCYL is critical body of opinion in the ANC, which is listened to."
Great stuff JZ. Now please tell us who is going to pay for all these "freebies?
Dont understand why the ANCYL's thoughts are reported or published on. Who cares what they think???
They have no power of authority and weren't elected by the South African people.
Wish the press would just ignore them.
Mike or Mpho
Who will be paying for all those socialist handouts? It all sounds great in paper, and doubt our poorest of the poor require some help to dig themselves out of poverty, but I am worried about ANC's constant promises at the expense of reality. Will the working class be paying for this again? It seems that very soon, we will be coughing up over 60% of our hard earned salaries for these jokers!
Some of the ANCYL Comrades need to take advantage of these freebies and get some education for themselves. Guess who is paying for this
The blind leading the blind.......
As an educated person that worked hard for here education I find it demeaning to hear the ANCYL supporting freebies for education. The standard of education is this country is pathetic. As a black person I find it insulting to have a lower pass rate than my fellow white South Africans when i have proved to be on a par with them academically. Just to let you know I am a Harvard Gruduate. Malema go get some decent education before you open your mouth with more verbal diarrhea.
ANCYL was created to promote responsible youth leadership that will one day takeover from theirs elders, but now it seems as if ANCYL has been created to encourage youths of corruption and money only. Its heartbreaking that only those poor children from rural areas and skwatta camps will grow up corrupted by this ANCYL nonsense, and not get a chance to see world from their own perspectives. I wish ANCYL members who can think could read this because as we speak right now South Africa is in a brink of dipping into a polical turmoil.