African National Congress Youth League President Julius Malema with ANC head and Republic of South Africa President Jacob Zuma at the ANCYL conference., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
ANCYL on Botswana
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 02:00
The ANC Youth League's national executive committee is to send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties, its leader Julius Malema said on Sunday.
"Botswana is in full co-operation with imperialists . . . and the government is undermining the African agenda," he said at the committee's closing meeting in Boksburg.
"We are not going to sit with neighbours that conduct themselves like that. Botswana needed a progressive government, and the current opposition was not consolidated ‘properly' enough to topple it," he said.
The team of NEC members would teach and train campaigners and volunteers of a possible "coalition party" that might be formed.
The youth league believed that since former president Thabo Mbeki's departure as chair of the Southern African Development Community, the African agenda was no longer a priority.
"The ANCYL is of the view that there is a vacuum on the ideological and political leadership of Africa and the sub-regions, and this is reflected by how the issues of Libya and Cote d'lvoire were mishandled," he said.
The league planned to convene "progressive youth formations" across Africa to "re-assert" the need for the continent's independence and economic freedom.
The NEC said it would fight for economic freedom, particularly for the nationalisation of mines, the expropriation of land without compensation, and the provision of free quality education. - SAPA.