Pretoria - Young people must be given a platform in the
mainstream economy so they can play a meaningful role in society, deputy
ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Ronald Lamola said on Thursday.
"The solutions to economic challenges... (is) in the
minds of young people, who are idling in the townships," Lamola said at
an ANCYL policy dialogue in Pretoria.
"If young people are leaders of society... why are they outside the mainstream of economy?" he asked.
Lamola was giving a political overview at an ANCYL dialogue on "economic freedom in our
lifetime" at the University of SA (Unisa).
He said maximum participation in the economy was class-based.
"It only allows a particular class to participate in the mainstream economy," he said.
Lamola said it was because of this that Section 25 of
the constitution, which relates to property ownership, needed to be
There needed to be expropriation of land without compensation, and the nationalisation of mines.
He said nothing had changed since 1994, the first time a government was elected democratically in South Africa.
"We need to break the apartheid economy we received in 1994.
"White people are still living a Hollywood lifestyle," said Lamola.
The majority of black South Africans were relying on
social grants. They needed to start playing a meaningful role in
agriculture, mining and society.
Lamola said the "willing buyer, willing seller"
approach to land restitution was not working. He said the land was taken
and people were enslaved so that others could make a profit.
"They had cheap labour... that made them profit, why
must we compensate them? The only solution is expropriation without
compensation," said Lamola.
He said the youth needed to lead South Africa and take charge.
"South Africa will only be united through the economy."