Lamola: Give youth economic role

2012-06-21 12:21

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 amended.

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."

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 12:44

    Where do the ANCYL find these tsotis? Is there no education in Limpopo?

      James - 2012-06-21 13:29

      If you have good DNA,IQ,Character,Drive,ambition, work ethic etc you are a candidate for leadership. In most Countries anyway.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 12:47

    Who said 'young people' are leaders of society? There are leaders within the ranks, sure, but no 'young people' anywhere in the world are leading the country!!!

  • zamani.myende - 2012-06-21 13:01

    thanks dat Sapa did not mention Mangaung in the article.

  • Harry - 2012-06-21 13:02

    Eish you MUST give!

  • oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-21 13:04

    A stupid person is a scary person. This ouk is scary...!!! He belongs to the wrong youth league. If he joined the DA youth league, he would know why the system is like it is....a mess made by his pals in government. Do you think he wants to know that..?? If he excepted the truth, he would need to find a job..and that’s a no no.. Have a banana...

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-06-21 13:04

    this person has been inciting war nationally so I really don't give a crap about his perspectives or what he has to say.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 13:15

      Aren't those who start a war the first to be taken out?

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-06-21 13:34

      Charles as far as I know not always and either way the cost is so immense :(

      Keith - 2012-06-22 06:13

      They stand on the sidelines and cheer as the cannon fodder goes past.

  • Jaco - 2012-06-21 13:08

    There is a platform for the youth in the economy, we call it work. Sitting on your bum in a township does not help. It is time that the youth start thinking for themselves and start creating their own future. Start working for yourselves, improve your skills. Stop relying on the goverment for subsidies, work and develepment. Do it for yourself or don't you have the ability to do so.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-06-21 13:09

    The idle youth in Soweto are idle because they prefer it that way! They do not want to lead, they want to have. It is not a black versus white thing any more, it is a lazy versus hard-working thing. If the lazy youth really wanted to participate, they would have ensured a meaningful education for themselves, and they would have ensured they were productive members of the economic society. It is thanks to "leaders" like Lamola and the previous, forgettable ANCYL president that the youth have expectation of free hand-outs. They somehow believe that by taking from the whites for themselves, they will be sharing wealth. The South African education system has managed to produce a generation of idiots, it would seem...

  • Michael Dire - 2012-06-21 13:10

    Give the youth this.. Give the youth that! When are the youth going to take things for themselves and forge their own destiny and stop waiting for handouts?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 13:14

      From your lips to God's ears

      Keith - 2012-06-22 06:15

      You are quite right. The youth do not want work, they want jobs. There is a vast difference.

  • tinus.v.zyl - 2012-06-21 13:14

    Its always easy to comment on how the economy works if you have NO clue how economics work. How can the youth be seen as leaders? They are not leaders of society. your a leader if you earn trust from others in your abilities. "if young people are leaders of society... why are they outside the mainstream of economy?" Secondly you already broke the so called "apartheid economy". Compare our economy to what it was in apartheid and you will see it is broken. Firstly they(the youth) are uneducated. Untrained. Not employable because of bad attitudes and demand and steal. Since you are generalizing that all whites are living a hollywood life style, its only fair that I generalize about your hero youths. "They had cheap labour... that made them profit, why must we compensate them? The only solution is expropriation without compensation," said Lamola. So the white "baas" had cheap labour? are we still the "baas" ? We havent been for over 17 years my "boy". Everything was hunky dory in the late 90's. Today we pay peanuts and can hardly afford to pay for imports, its deffinatly not the apartheid's fault. it'ss long gone. You are creating a second apartheid by not integrating past skills and knowledge into a new economy. So honestly people who follow you are the uneducated fools who will bring you to an even worse place than what you could do without them. Don't pretend to be clever if you are brainwashed by liberal idiots who only ambition is self gain.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-21 13:18

    You mean a platform besides the one you use to loot, burn and destroy when you march, or have a congress, or sit around on whilst waiting for your grants? Have you thought of looking for a job, studying something or just doing something useful or are you going to use the remainder of your youth to just demand?

  • matshobana.siziba - 2012-06-21 13:18

    Is Malema wearing this guy's (Lamola) skin?

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-06-21 13:23

      Unfortunately not. The militant trouble-making racist rhetoric has now completely infected the ANCYL. All of them sound like this now.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-06-21 13:22

    Get off your ass and study, change the pass rate of 30% to 50% and go to college and study! There's your platform for finding a proper job.

      Keith - 2012-06-22 06:21

      Winston, the key is not college, but study, yes. A far better way might be to conscript all young people who are not academically inclined and teach them other, usable, skills. But the problem is that there is no one left who is qualified to teach them.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-06-21 13:28

    I've commented before, saying that government had to make a way for black economic emancipation that will end this perpetual dependance on white people for economic survival.The black graduate world is full of apologists and white butt-kissers who are content with the gross exploitation being meted out to them. Drastic measures for economic turnaround have to be implemented if we are to reap tangible fruits of the struggle of liberation. As things stand now, the whole struggle remains an empty indulgence and a waste of time to those who were participating in.

      mastersvoice - 2012-06-21 13:40

      I agree with the drastic measures comment luvo. The government should start by removing BEE and AA. This is creating the impression that jobs and entrepreneurship is obtained by being black. Then there is this matter of lowering the standards of education and cooking the books, simply to allow more black people to pass. Let's raise the level of education, by insisting that 50% is a pass rate, regardless of skin colour, and ensuring a high standard curriculum.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-06-22 01:08

      You do realize that everything you said is under the false assumption that it is still rich white people who have the power?

  • pieter.dejongh.52 - 2012-06-21 13:38

    "White people are still living a Hollywood lifestyle," said Lamola. Really??? Can I have some of that please...

  • sikanyiso.tonise - 2012-06-21 13:39

    Comrade Lamola is the only hope to take the Youth League forward. You are so brilliant my leader. May God protect you from the vultures. You must keep on visiting all provinces. Eastern Cape is waiting for you, young lion. We need brave leaders of your calibre. There is no 'no go' area in this land.

      Keith - 2012-06-22 06:24

      What? Have you dumped Comrade Juju already. Oh, how the mighty are fallen.

      cory.van.wyk - 2012-06-22 13:15

      why dont you go and live in the etihopia called zimbabwe

  • Ken - 2012-06-21 13:41

    Will come the day that 1% of the population pays for the other (let's have another few (grants)kids) 99%. Then the 99% will be really pissed off that only a few have capital. Once they have sorted out the 1% we can all live in abject poverty.

      Keith - 2012-06-22 06:24

      Well said!

  • mosale.magwele - 2012-06-21 14:09

    The only economic role the youth can play is EDUCATION!

  • andile.nomlala - 2012-06-21 14:27

    Everyone is aware how White South Africans benefited under apartheid, Colonial Rule, and even now under a Black Government. Everyone is aware of the Land Act of 1913 where blacks were forcefully removed from their land and some where killed and some were turned into cheap labour. Now why is it an issue when ANCYL suggest that we must correct those ills. Is it a case of Whites wanting to maintain the status quo when it comes to our economy. If Whites wants that, then what do they think us Blacks must do. Do they expect us to forget what happen. Do they expect us to just accept that maybe it was Gods will that we are poor, even though we know its by their design. If Blacks don't take their land back where do whites expect Blacks will create their wealth from. If Blacks don't dismantle the apartheid structure of our economy. How Whites expect us to succeed and be better people in future. Standing in the way of radical economic policy shift is tantamount to just postponing the inevitable. Our future as Black people in this country lies in the total control of our countries resources. "Land is everything"

      jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-21 15:11

      Baxelele Mhlekazi

      mastersvoice - 2012-06-21 17:48

      Everyone is aware that after nearly 20 years in power, the ANC have failed to deliver on its promises. The measures put into place to reverse the effects of Apartheid have failed, largely because many black South Africans have been waiting for hand-outs rather than using AA and BEE to advance themselves. And what's this business of "taking their land back"? Do blacks even know what they will do with the land? Our country's economic well-being is NOT hidden in land-ownership, but in productivity. Over-unionisation has effectively curtailed any notion of productivity, because the majority are more concerned with undeserved increases and hand-outs than actually growing the economy through productivity! Everyone knows that the road to prosperity is NOT with a ANC-led regime. Oh, and when I say everyone, I mean anyone that is educated enough to realize the ANC are taking South Africa for a ride. So when I say everyone andile, I do not mean you...

      Keith - 2012-06-22 06:34

      You are saying, "My father suffered, therefore I am entitled to be compensated, forever if necessary." "Land is everything"? Land is merely a tool, as is cash. What makes both valuable is what you do with them. This country will not solve its problems by blaming apartheid, it will improve its citizens lives by doing something positive, looking to the future, giving its citizens some encouragement and some skills, beyond being quick with the begging bowl.

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-06-22 09:50

      Andile if we are smart enough as blacks we will not advocate for such a radical change which led to the collapse of Zimbabwe. Then it was a physical war now its an intellectual war. Come up with smart proposals which wont scare away investors. Lets get more blacks educated and gather experience. Zimbabwe threw in people who had no idea wat farming entails and jus because they were farm labourers thought they could farm. Let us learn from our dear neighbours and stop wanting popularity over moronic radical policies.

      cory.van.wyk - 2012-06-22 13:12

      im just wondering how much of this land of ''theirs'' where forcefully taken by other black tribes. why not go back to before europeans landed and give the land back to the bushmans and the khoisan. conquest has been happening for centuries, get over it !

  • shane.moodley.7 - 2012-06-21 14:56

    Ronald ramola is a second juluis malema just want to make problems in our country and he seems to be a racist I am sure he won't disclose how much land he owns and how many tenders he has benifitted from while serving in the ANCYL he lacks common sense if he thinks youths can run this country we should repspect our elders I wish president zuma cud boot him out of ANCYL and send him to grase cattle or to the dentist to fill his gap he is just a trouble maker and a racist ANCYL should be done away with because the leaders are not youths he is an adult once you pass 18 I am sure these people know that

  • jwarha.balakisa - 2012-06-21 15:33

    Shane: is he making problems for our country, because he wants black youth to benefit economically. The only people who will have a problem its you whites because the will be no cheap labours to exploit.

      cory.van.wyk - 2012-06-22 13:13

      if nationalisation is that great, why aren't you emigrating to zimbabwe ?

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-06-21 15:58

    Whats getting us down is this spoonfeeding. Hard way's the best im afraid. Youth this, black that doesnt give us the scarred thick skin other 28YO's are getting in Europe or Kenya even. We just wont compete. Already we have overgrown babies in pinstripes. Cut out all the mahala and we'll be sorted for good in 10 yrs.

  • munukha.ndivhuwo - 2012-06-21 16:44

    hey ngwenya u r getting out of hand here , all the process can be smoth if your pals in gorv are doing it the right way but because the do"t know what is good for the people than the know about the pocket.

  • elvis.bolokang - 2012-06-21 17:20

    Keep on talking seems nt to benefit black people especially unemployed youth,the only thing which will make government to listen is to take to the street

      mastersvoice - 2012-06-21 17:54

      No. the only thing that will make them listen is by NOT VOTING FOR THEM! That's what a democracy is all about. Taking to the streets has not worked in the past, and will not work in future.

  • Andricca - 2012-06-21 21:20

    you must never allow anybody to silence you and the League Lamola, we are by your side as alwys - we ar tired here

  • Keith - 2012-06-22 06:11

    The more outrageous the statement, the more the power he acquires amongst the youth. Just remember that these 'young' people would be classed as adults in more civilised countries and they will soon be moving into the ruling classes. We can only hope that they will grow up, but the encouragement they receive as irresponsible youths does not augur well for the future. They are encouraged by the ANC itself so cross your fingers and prepare for the worst.

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