May 7, 2010 5:11 PM | By Sapa
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema says the nationalisation of mines is on the agenda of the African National Congress.
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Speaking at the ANCYL's Young Women's Assembly in Muldersdrift, Malema said while the government denied it, the contentious issue is part of the ANC agenda.
“Other people can go around and assure and make assurances that mines will never be nationalised, yet the reality of the situation is that the nationalisation of mines is currently on the agenda of the ANC".
Malema says: “Our struggle now is for the economic emancipation and the nationalisation of mines. The ANCYL is unashamedly on the forefront of the campaign to make sure that mines in South Africa are nationalised for the benefit of the people of South Africa.”
Following his recent trip to controversial president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, where he studied their model of state owned resources, Malema said that through state ownership, the Venezuelan government provided free education, health and affordable social services.
The youth league president opened the meeting of the ANCYL's Young Women's Assembly at Ingwenya Lodge.
Keeping away from his usual controversial off the cuff statements, the highly charismatic Malema kept to his written speech throughout his address.
Malema, who had to wait with other guests for over four hours for delegates to arrive, opened the meeting of about 70 of the expected 250 delegates just before 4pm, after being entertained by a fashion show and a graphic powerpoint presentation on women's reproductive health, which made even the women delegates cringe.
Wearing a yellow Bafana Bafana T-shirt, “Baby Juju”, as he was introduced by Master of Ceremonies Lindiwe Gunuza, was welcomed by the women singing a praise song, “when Malema speaks, you must listen”.