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The ANC Youth League has a chance to revive itself

Posted by Teboho Modise on August 5, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

The ANC Youth League has a chance to revive itself

By: Teboho Modise 05 August 2014

 

A the youth arm and a preparatory school of the African National Congress (ANC), the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has over many decades since its formation in 1944 by Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu and many others has been the hub and fountain where the mother-body tap in for great leaders who have been very instrumental in dismantling the oppressive apartheid government regime.

 

The militancy and vibrancy of the Youth League (YL) is what made it to stand out in it being the radical voice which saw thousand of young people all across the country joining its ranks in strengthening the militant might and force of the ANC in fighting white the supremacy and rule many decades ago.

 

The YL has been instrumental in ANC election victories throughout the past election years, it prides itself as the organized voice which the ANC relies on in winning over the youth vote, however in this year's elections, the ANC for the first time contested the 2014 general elections without the formal structures of the ANCYL being functional and upbeat, the ANCYL was disbanded and is now run by a National Task Team (NTT) led by the convener Mzwandile Masina, with Magasela Mzobe being the coordinator.

 

The YL all across the country is re-establishing and rebuilding its organizational structures, regional and provincial conferences are currently bing held with most provinces have elected their leaders in those structures, although some of the conferences were marred with allegations of improper member audits and with few of these conferences postponed.

 

Indeed the YL has found itself in a position where it had to revive itself to its former glory. Many people are having a believe that the YL is now a former of itself and only it can rescue itself from the almost total collapse since the advent of Julius Malema presidency. The YL was almost liquidated and the YL had to raise funds with urgency, a predicament I believe no one imagined.

 

This is a clarion call to all YL members and supporters to put aside political and factional differences, the camps and money used to secure positions has in the past tainted the leadership reigns of many YL leader. In the build up to the National Conferences expected to be held in September this year, this is a opportunity for the YL to really find its resounding voice back into our political discourse.The time is now, now is the time.

 

Fight, Produce, Learn.

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity*

 

Malema`s demise will be his continued defiance of the ANC

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 17, 2012 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

11 February 2012

If you can allow me to borrow a quotation from a biblical scripture, a relevant quote which aligns very well with the African National Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema’s current run ins with the African National Congress is the following, “Plans fail for lack of counsel and proper advise, but with many advisers they succeed”. As Malema is fighting to revive his political career, I believe he should ponder and meditate over these words and they should guide him.

 

My opinion is that for him (Malema) showing remorse or repentance; this well calculated move won’t even by an inch dent the suspended ANCYL leader ego and signature image of not being afraid to speak openly his mind. Malema’s views and opinions are still relevant in our today’s political epoch, but the ANC should try to tap into his energy and place him in his rightful place, where will be of good use. Malema can’t afford to be playing in the hands of those he views as his “political detractors” and those viewed to be “against” his quest for economic freedom in his lifetime, especially on the sensitive issues of nationalization of mines and land distribution.

 

Malema late last year was accused of sowing divisions with the ANC and putting the party in disrepute, Malema in the recent ANCYL Lekgotla openly mentioned that the charges brought against them are just a political ploy and he questioned why is the ANC only reining on them now as compared to a precedence of defying the ANC leadership set by the previous ANCYL league presidents before, the former Youth League leaders were most of the time at loggerheads in challenging with leadership of the ANC, including the former ANCYL president Peter Mokaba.

 

Having heard Malema’s speech at the ANCYL Lekgotla recently, most people are of the view that he is now giving the ANC prosecutors and National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) members more ammunition to aggravate his 5 years suspended sentence. The debate about the autonomy and the independence of the ANCYL came out predominantly in the verdict of the NDC previously, the NDC main opening arguments which informed and cemented their position to suspend the Malema and other Youth League leaders centered on autonomy and independence of the mother body’s young wing.

 

If Malema’s sentence is not altered in the mitigation hearings possibly next week, then running to the ANC NEC will be just a futile exercise, as his latest remarks are likely to make more people in the NEC red faced, surely that was not his intension, I believe his intention was to hit hard on those within the NEC and the entire ANC leadership whom are said to have led a campaign in the instigation of the disciplinary action against the ANCYL leadership, unfortunately his remarks are just going to backfire.

 

I believe Malema does not necessarily have “natural enemies” with those within the party, but arguably those who shares different opinions and views with him are believed to gladly welcome Malema’s demise, especially those within and outside the ANC who still believe the ANC has taken the right decision to rein on the youth leader and to remind him who runs the show.

 

Malema stood a chance to appear before the NDC again with a shameful and remorseful stance in appealing for a less harsher sentence based on mitigating factors he would have put out before the NDC, this act would have at least tried to revive his political ambitions, but for him still attacking the mother body and throwing allegations, this will do more harm than good on his bid to make an escape comeback and maintain his influence in the South African political arena. Politics are all about influence and power, so if he loses both, well he might as well permanently turn his full attention and energy on his quest to be a cattle farmer in his home province, Limpopo.

 

My observation has been that in court proceedings people always plead to magistrates or judges for a lesser sentences having been found guilty, but throughout the trial, they are not aware that the court or the prosecution team are studying their behavior and conduct throughout the trial. Mostly the outcome is likely to be that the accused did not show any signs of remorse or regret during the trial, thus the sentence imposed is appropriate for the crime committed deemed fit and would stand. I fear the worse that this might be the angle and direction the ANC NDC might consider, the huge blow being the introduction of a much harsher sentence, which will be a major setback Malema, not only to him, but to even those who he commanded a huge supporter base and admiration.

 

If things goes against the suspended ANCYL leader at the NDC mitigation hearing, Malema will have no one to blame but himself, his continued defiance against the ANC leadership, especially now that he is under the NDC’s mercy to save his political career, would have been the fundamental reason for him to exist our country’s political sphere with a debatable and disputable feather in his cap.

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com

Taking ANC to court not a good idea: a comradely advice to Julius Malema

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1)

By: Teboho Modise

07 February 2012

In my view, I won’t encourage or advice comrade Julius Malema or any of his African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) co-accused to take or haul the ANC before the courts, besides the legalities and the admissibility of the disciplinary case against them, I still believe he might lose many sympathizers who holds the believe that No one is bigger the ANC and that no one should drag the ANC to court, taking legal action against the ANC might be viewed as a desperate action to embarrass the party, especially its top leadership.

 

Malema profusely rallied against those who took the ANC to court, especially against the former Limpopo ANCYL chairman Lehlohonolo Masoga who took the ANC YL to court for his reinstatement after he was sacked from his position, Malema was reported to have said that those who take the ANCYL or the mother body to court are anti-ANC.

 

Possibilities are rife that charges mooted by the police’s elite investigating Unit, the HAWKS “might” be resuscitated or re-surface again, because Malema is visibly and slowly losing political grip and influence with the ANC structures, with his home province Limpopo as his last hope, where he can still flex his political muscles.

 

I believe by him (Malema) squashing this potential angle to tackle his political disciplinary woes by seeking help from the court, he must just accept his fate and exercise his trademark braveness he has shown throughout his rise in the mature ANC politics in 2008 and throughout his 2 terms as the ANCYL president, as he mentioned last year that if the ANC suspends or expels him, he will gladly return to his home province (Limpopo) and be a farmer with so much passion and interest in farming, I believe Malema can be one of the successful black famers in the country.

 

Taking the ANC to court would fuel in my opinion the circling perception that he is power hungry and he only thinks of no one but himself and that he thinks he is above the party. Malema must not misread the support he believes he has within the ANC especially in the NEC as things can turn otherwise. After the Polokwane 2007 elective conference, the ANC had over half a million members; however leading to the ANC Mangaung Centenary, the party had an audited over 1 million members.

 

Another aspect is that in this reality is that, this massive number of members no one knows who they will vote for or against, so there is still more ambiguity or rather true test on his support within the parameters of the much increased ANC membership leading to the Mangaung leadership conference later this year in December. If I was him, I will be very cautious to believe that the delegates at the conference would vote for his now 5 year suspended sentence to be revoked and nullified.

 

The ANC disciplinary appeals committee led by the ANC veteran Cyril Ramaphosa, did a huge blow to Malema’s bid to have his charges thrown out by unanimously upholding the NDC decision, whilst on the other hand finding him and other Youth League leaders not guilty on the third charge of barging into the ANC NEC meeting at Luthuli House where amongst others the top 6 of the ANC was present.

 

Comrade Malema, I appeal to you, taking the ANC to court must not even cross your mind, if you have considered exploring that option then, pound that feasibility thought.

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity

SABC and COO questionable CV

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

31 January 2012

Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s issue regarding his questionable educational qualifications has been in the news for quite some time now. His alleged allegiance or loyalty to the state president has been a thorn in the eyes of those who wanted to use the state mechanisms and resources to influence the news bulletins within the public broadcaster (SABC) before.

 

Since it was revealed that he does not even have a mere matric in an audit enquiry, clearly Hlaodi’s rise within the SABC corporate ladder was never to be left unchallenged, his meteoric rise invited more criticism and condemnation from his detractors who went all the way to find out dirt about him.

 

To suggest Hlaodi’s possible permanent appoint as COO of the embattled and financially striped public broadcaster is due to the fact that he is “essentially an ANC deployee” and that he is believed to be a “supporter of President Jacob Zuma”, to me is a great concern and warrants serious analysis from those who have the best interest in the efficient and effective functioning of the SABC, the new board members appointed late last year promised to breath fresh air in the daily running of the public broadcaster in making sure that it fulfills its mandate without any hindrance.

 

The SABC has never had a permanent well functioning senior management structure since the advent of democracy, this is the opportune time for the SABC to rid themselves of the jinx which seems not be going anywhere anytime soon, the answer to all this SABC woes is for all senior management and the board to commit themselves to turn the SABC’s fortunes around.

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com

Inequalities in South Africa will always be a breeding ground for political racadicalism

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

14 November 2011

In his academic article titled “Economic and Political Freedom: A Difficult Mixture”, Richard Wagner, mentioned that “economic freedom and political democracy would seem to go hand in hand. Economic freedom results in prosperity. Political democracy is necessary for securing freedom, but is not sufficient for doing so”. Wikipedia defines the term Radical derived from the Latin radix meaning root, was used during the late 18th century for proponents of the Radical Movement. It later became a general pejorative term for those favoring or seeking political reforms which include dramatic changes to the social order.

Wagner further states that “despite the strong correlation between economic freedom and prosperity, economic freedom seems to be difficult to attain and hard to maintain”. I believe this scholar’s piece of writing is relevant in the mist of the latest sweeping action taken by the ANC disciplinary committee, headed by the ANC veteran Derek Hannekom, the top 6 members of the ANC YL fate of being suspended was laid open to the public through the press conference at the “revolutionary house”, the ANC headquarters Luthuli House in the Johannesburg CBD.

The committee charged the ANC YL executive, including Julius Malema, on various charges including dividing the party and disrespecting and disrupting the ANC NEC meeting, where amongst others the president and his deputy were in attendance.

I am of the view that the suspension of Julius Malema will not put-off the underlying problem of the unequal society and the widening gap between the poor and the rich in our country, however him (Malema) not in the limelight anymore because of the heavy 5 years suspension, scrapping him off his position and his active membership will for now remove some immediate heat from the debate on real economic issues affecting the poor of the poorest.

Malema’s trademark was that of being a straight talker, not beating around the bush and very confrontational, he did not even once become apologetic when it came to issues surrounding nationalization and expropriation of land without compensation.

The inequalities in South Africa will always be a breeding ground for political racadicalism and it will therefore be a mistake to interpret Malema’s suspension as the end of political radicalism in the country. The most held view is that, the poor and the unemployed had no “real” voice before to represent their interests and opinions, so that left a void for the ANC YL through their president to initiate programmes aligned to socio-economic challenges including the Economic Freedom Mass Action.

Amid the Malema’s suspension, those concerned about the future of the country and active civil society mobilization should really come with suggestions on how we can enhance the public voice in making sure that we realize that political freedom without economic freedom is nothing.

In conclusion Wagner states that “Democracy may promote economic liberty, but it may also clash with it. Which happens and to what extent depends, among other things, on the form of constitutional limits on democratic outcomes”, it leaves us with the question that if we talk about expropriating land without compensation, are we not trampling on other rights as stipulated in the Constitution of our country?

Historically and logically, it is clear that economic freedom is a condition for political freedom. A core ingredient of economic freedom is private property which is fundament in supporting political freedom. Without secure private property and independent wealth, the exercise of political rights and civil liberties loses its effectiveness (Wenbu, Otto).

Section 25 of the South African constitution says that: “Property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application, for a public purpose or in the public interest; and subject to compensation, the amount of which and the time and manner of payment of which have either been agreed to by those affected or decided or approved by a court.”

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com

Finding the right balance between the National Security and Right to Information

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

22 November 2011

In the light of the apparent opposition from most corners of the activism and academics in our country regarding the Protection of State Information Bill expected to be tabled in the National Assembly today, one can only be curious in finding the answers and the right tune in answering this pertinent question which I believe is on the lips of most South Africans, who care about the national security and the information held by state.

 

On realizing the extent of the noise and the many voices raised by the Right to know campaigners and the official opposition parties in parliament, the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (COPE) and others, it will be and not defeating to answer some questions this proposed Bill raised and evoked. The question close to my heart is that how do we find the right balance between the National Security and the right of the public to information held by the state?

 

The National Press Club (NPC) asked people opposed to the bill to wear black, a black ribbon or black armband on today in showing their vehement opposition towards the proposed Bill, activists called today’s day “Black Tuesday” a reference seen to indicate that the current ANC government has resorted to the same old tactics same as that of previous apartheid regime, on Black Wednesday, editors Percy Qoboza and Aggrey Klaaste were taken to solitary confinement where they spent five months. According The Sowetan archive, journalists such as Mathatha Tsedu, Joe Tlholoe, who is now the Press Ombudsman; and Don Mattera were detained and after their jail stay, were banned for five years.

 

The Minister of State Security by Siyabonga Cwele wrote the following on the ANC online magazine: ANC today that “All these successive efforts were made with a clear understanding that upholding national security is not a matter of choice but an obligation placed by section 198 of the Constitution on both the National Executive and Parliament. The Protection of Information Bill is therefore a legislation of general application in upholding our national security”.

 

The Protection of State Information Bill, known before as Protection of Information Bill and commonly referred to as the “Secrecy Bill” is a highly controversial piece of proposed legislation which aims to regulate the classification, protection and dissemination of state information, weighing state interests up against transparency and freedom of expression. The proposed Bill went through various forms of public scrutiny and public interest, it was shot down by various voices and it never saw the light of day, in trying to understand the goals and objectives of the was is labeled the governing party (ANC) way of hiding information under the guise of protecting the sensitive/dire consequential information which could in way lay open the dirt of the ANC.

 

It will be unreasonable and irresponsible to speculate and to come to an unnecessary conclusion that the proposed Bill will silence and clip the wings of the whistle blowers and the journalists who rely on specific sources especially in investigative journalism to furnish them with sometimes sensitive information which in some cases links the state or government in dealings which might compromise national security and expose our country to foreign infiltration by foreign spy agencies. We cannot deny the fact that even though our country is signatory to the United National (UN) and is in corporation with many security agencies around the world, we will not necessarily know of those who want to destabilize our country in having access to information which could have been classified by our country’s State Security Agency.

 

The proposed ANC bill has received staunch opposition from opposition parties such as the Democratic Alliance, Congress of the People, as well as former anti-apartheid activists, such as Nadine Gordimer. Gordimer, amongst others, have likened the bill to apartheid legislation, enforced by the National Party.

ANC YL MARCHES FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

27 October 2011

Today’s march by the African National Congress Youth league (ANC YL) is not against the ANC and the ANC led government, it has nothing to do with the next year’s ANC leadership elective conference in Mangaung. The Economic Freedom March is not aimed at saving Julius Malema’s skin as he faces disciplinary action against him by the mother body.

 

The march is said to start at the Beyer Naude Square in the Johannesburg CBD and then proceed to the Chamber of Mines offices and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton, where a memorandum will be handed over to the Chambers representatives, then the march then precede towards Malboro into Pretoria road, leading to Pretoria. The ANC YL members are expected to hold a night vigil in Pretoria and then tomorrow march to the Union Buildings to hand over a memorandum to the president of the country, Mr. Jacob Zuma.

Wikipedia gives an overview of Economic inequality as "wealth and income differences" which comprises all disparities in the distribution of economic assets and income. The term typically refers to inequality among individuals and groups within a society, but can also refer to inequality among countries.

 

The imperative and urgent question that the march seeks to answer in my believe is that, the future this country depends on, solemnly relies on the very same youth who are unemployed and with many others having lost hope of finding any form of employment, some of them are qualified and only lacks the relevant work experience needed, these are the very same youth whom we depend on in them being the future politicians, civil servants, e.t.c.

The march led in the forefront by the ANC YL will seek to campaign for an inclusive and transformed economy, an economy that supports job creation as a way to alleviate poverty and to improve the lives of all South Africans, especially those who were previously disadvantaged by the apartheid regime.

 

If everything or if all efforts aimed at advancing the views and concerns of the voiceless people who continues to bare brunt of poverty and underdevelopment can be reduced or relegated to the 2012 ANC succession debate or leadership elective conference in Mangaung next year, we will certainly loose the meaning of real issues facing our country, especially meaningful economic empowerment which benefits all not just a selected few or a lucky bunch.

 

We have witnessed in the past years since the advent of freedom in 1994 how skewed and unbalanced the distribution of wealth has been in this country, laws and policies aimed at empowering black people for example the Black economic Empowerment (BEE) which went through a lot of name changes of late being called Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and other preferential procurement policies, these interventions have not necessarily produced tangible results which would have seen majority of black people benefiting through the above mentioned interventions, instead what we have witnessed is the eat now or never culture which have breed greed and corruption and which eventually have turned comrades against each other.

 

History will judge us harshly if we can turn a blind eye on real and serious socio-economic issues facing our people. The ANC without any doubt has done a lot in making sure that those who were previously marginalized are recognized within the economic structures in our country, but it can only do that much, more needs to e done and I believe the march will try to highlight and articulate well the inhumane conditions that ordinary South Africans endure and experience everyday in their lives.

 

It can be said that some have even accepted as given that poverty is their inheritance, this assertation can’t be tolerated as reality not now, not ever. Speculations are rife that as it happened before during first days of Julius Malema appearance before the ANC disciplinary committee, the ANC YL supporters or Malema’s supporters will bring the city into a halt and violence will mare the today’s economic freedom march.

 

The march has been organized very well; the police and a private security company were roped in, to keep a watchful eye on the proceedings of the march. The ANC YL deputy president yesterday came into the defence of the march and dismisses reports that the march will be chaos, he mentioned that ANC YL will take full responsibility of whatever incident that can be linked to the organized march today.

 

It’s all systems go for the ANC YL Economic Freedom March today, the ANC came in support of the march yesterday, the Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe said “the ANC do not see it as attack on the ANC government and was not linking it to the party's 2012 elective conference”. The ANC has given the march a green light, despite the SACP, YCL snubbing the march, surprisingly COSATU supported the ANC YL march in principle.

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com

The hate speech judgment leaves a lot to ponder on

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

12 September 2011

Having listened to the judgment delivered at the South Gauteng High by Judge Collin Lamont of the Equality court, the judgment handed down this morning (12 September 2011) ruling against Julius Malema left a bad taste in my mouth, the African National Congress (ANC) is said to appeal the banning of the singing of the Dubul’ iBhunu (Shoot the Boer) struggle song. I am not a blind loyal Malema fan or supporter as people has been labeled these days, I am South African citizen who happened to observe in many years as our freedom and democracy continues to grow.

 

I believe the minority groups which brought the charges of hate speech against the embattled ANC Youth League president are popping champagnes and later on will meet in bars and restaurants in celebration of the today’s court outcomes, yes indeed it is their democratic right as a minority to approach any court in the land and to lodge their distaste in about anything whether is racial slurs, hate speech or exclusion in the economic fronts, with that right granted by the Constitution and laws governing out country, Afriforum and other Afrikaner minority groups have to me shown something we failed to realise since the advent of our young democracy in 1994.

 

As black people we have not necessarily woke up to smell the coffee and to open our eyes on how we can use the Constitutional and legislation provisions in order to attain and achieve primary basic human needs, including water, electricity or housing amongst others, all we do is to write memorandums and take to the streets in protests over lack of proper service delivery, in that process the concerned residents make matters worse by trashing the streets cause more waste management challenges, burning tires causing possible health effects and contributing to carbon emissions, barricading roads denting the local economy which is already struggling, damage to property especially the municipal building or councilors houses, are the order of the day when most communities vents their anger in respect to the shoddy services rented to them by their respective local authorities.

 

The questions which I want us to do answer and do introspection on as blacks in this country are that are we really directing our anger and concerns at right channels or are we reacting properly within the legislative frameworks in making our voices heard?

 

Are we doing enough to make sure that those in authority operate with an environment where the law will act against them if they do not provide dignified services to the community, from now moving forward in learning the positives out the Malema hate speech trial, lets now take it upon ourselves in being vanguards of keeping our democracy in checks, if the authority fails to live according to what the law expects form them, the courts must be our next streets and platforms, where the authorities will have to defend themselves against “angry” communities literally angry in having just basic services rendered to them.

 

The SACP said the ruling was not against Malema, but against the collective rich history of the liberation movement. I thought the judgment will sort to unite our clearly dived according to racial lines in our country, but instead judge Collin ruling I believe will continue to sow bitter divisions in our fragile society.

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com

POVERTY AND HUNGER, STILL RAMPANT

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

06 September 2011

About 9 million people in Somalia are reported to be facing the brunt of famine and hunger, The United Nations has warned that Somalia’s famine has spread to other regions and that about 70 000 people could die in the next months unless aid efforts are scaled up. It’s very unfortunate that some from the privileged countries whose wealth has put them in favorable positions of concession, could have such luxury of having have whatever they wish for, it might be that they had such feast after the breaking their fasting, in celebrating Eid Mubarak.

 

Being better positioned especially with access to resources and power, whether it’s political power or authority power means one can have the upper hand in amassing wealth and resources, in most of the times, this happens in countries or situations where the needs of individuals are placed before those of the majority, whom are hit with the triple evils (poverty, inequality and underdevelopment).

 

Arab countries or the Arab league as they are called are popular known as dictatorial and one man show states, where oppression is the order of day, the king and those surrounding his kingdom are said to be benefiting a lot from the lucrative oil deals, oil agreements which are said to amount to millions if not billions of dollars in profit.

 

But when one looks at countries like Somalia and the drought stricken Kenya and other African countries, famine and malnourishment are the order of the day, killing hundreds of people, who had to travel long distances in search of food and water, we have watched in horror a month ago, where it was shown on TV all across the world how people are suffering and dying of starvation in Somalia, due to lack of food reserves.

 

Africa seems to bear the brunt of all socio-economic ills, to most this is an irony because Africa is rich in natural resources and is ranked in the top when comes to the reserves in natural resources like gold or diamond and other mineral resources, Africa is the biggest exporter of raw mineral resources, to be manufactured abroad or elsewhere, but the reality is that the return in investment on these resources is completely not benefiting the people of Africa.

 

The question that most African countries must try to answer, which is not a new question is that, what can be done to better the lives of our people, in addressing the triple evils devastating our African societies?

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com

Economic inequalities debate cannot be relegated to ANC YL only

Posted by Teboho Modise on February 11, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Teboho Modise

21 August 2011

Whilst the disciplinary action taken against Julius Malema the ANC YL leader might be interpreted as the that ANC seniors or leadership at loggerheads with the Youth League another angle to the Malema disciplinary hearing is that the ANC might be faced with a huge challenge of meeting and addressing the needs of the youth in this country, how it manages and respond to the country’s economic inequalities, especially amongst the youth, will clearly be a true test in making the party’s slogan of “A better life for all”.

 

Wikipedia gives an overview of Economic inequality as "wealth and income differences" which comprises all disparities in the distribution of economic assets and income. The term typically refers to inequality among individuals and groups within a society, but can also refer to inequality among countries.

 

The interpretation of the whole Malema versus the ANC debacle can be that there are some that are some within the ANC and outside it hell bent in silencing those who are willing to sacrifice their political careers and their lives in making sure that they rally behind economic emancipation in their lifetime.

We will be fooling ourselves if we want to turn a blind eye on the economic realities of our country, the truth is Capitalism has in fact made the economic inequalities worse in our country, in that the observation is that it is business as usual for those who hold the means of production, to those who were disadvantaged by the oppressive regime they only weapon they have is hope and to wait in anticipation.

 

Unfortunately the ANC YL selling message seems to be back firing very badly on them, especially to those who convey the message of economic liberation or freedom. The question that needs to be asked and articulated very well is that, moving forward how is the government or the ANC in this situation going to make sure that it comes with workable youth economic workable programmes, whether through channeling more funding to the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) or through other government suggested interventions, clearly this the beginning of the events to come, where more action and intervention will be required from the government.

 

It goes without saying that voices of those who strongly advocate for sharing of the county’s wealth to be a reality will go a long way, South Africans or blacks in particular have lived to witness those selected few and the rightfully connected lot benefit from the fruits of our democracy and in them enriching themselves, whilst the majority are still living in abject poverty and most still having to struggle to get any form of employment.

 

One is tempted to say that maybe if this route plan as suggested by the ANC YL must be advocated by the true voices of reasons and those who will have guts to stand up and make their voices heard and not only to have their voices recognised but on them approaching the authorities that be, in saying, how can we move this country forward without being politically correct.

 

It seems to me that we need to figure a new approach to an economic vehicle that would take us all as South Africans who are still trying to make ends meet somewhere, the gap between the rich and the poor is widening by the day and we are said to be an unequal country in the world, we need a holistic way in making sure that we tackle economic inequalities soon not later.

 

All is not lost in our country finally reaching a stage where there are opportunities for most of every citizen in bettering their lives, the ANC election of “A better life for all” will be realised if truly we can clearly witness manifestation of economic interventions which will take this country forward, I believe nationalization in any form and shape is an answer to all our socio-economic challenges, I view it as one of the catalysts which will make sure that we head in the correct direction to properly deal with the effects of the apartheid regime which made sure that the black majority are not empowered economically.

 

Let’s be brave enough to take on this monster of economic inequalities head-on, our country has a lot to offer, we are an example to the world in achieving the freedom and democracy without any form of violence or spill of blood, it is up to us ordinary citizens to make sure that we don’t let this debate about wealth distribution and economic freedom slip through our hands, if that happens, we will have hard questions to answer to our children and grandchildren in the future about each and every one of us, in making sure that we address issues of underdevelopment and poverty in our country. The time is now…

 

*Teboho Modise writes in his personal capacity, for more political analysis, commentary and opinion visit: www.tebohomedia.webs.com


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