Malema to lead military training stint
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By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Political Bureau
The ANC Youth League has backed Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu's proposal for the youth to undertake two years of voluntary national service.
A spokesman for Sisulu, who met the league's leadership on Thursday, said they had decided to do a short military training stint in September, led by ANCYL president Julius Malema.
The defence ministry's Ndivhuwo Mabaya said Sisulu told the league's national executive committee on Thursday that the "basic military training" in the country's army, navy, air force or medical health services would provide them with skills and discipline.
They would also get practical work experience, while the programme would be recognised by higher learning institutions.
Youth league NEC members welcomed the proposal and "called for its urgent implementation", Mabaya said.
Sisulu had been invited by the league to discuss her plan, which she first announced when tabling her budget in Parliament earlier this month.
She said she did not intend reintroducing conscription by compelling school-leavers to do national service. It would be voluntary.
Something had to be done about the "angry youth", many of them unemployed.
She is expected to table a bill on the matter within a year.
Malema said the league fully supported the programme as it would go a long way towards providing the youth with needed skills.
"As the ANCYL, we have been calling for this programme for a long time. We would want the minister to ensure that no young person is turned away when the programme starts, it must start as soon as possible.
"I also hope that this programme will teach our young people to know their flag, national symbols and our rich history, but as the ANCYL, we are ready to mobilise our members and all young South Africans in support of this programme," Malema said.
Malema and his 30-member NEC would attend an intensive two-week military training session at Saldanha naval base.
"They want to have a feel of what young people will go through. They will learn personal development, precision, leadership and reading maps," Mabaya said."They will also learn to dive and swim."
Sisulu is expected to meet the Young Communist League today and intends meeting other organisations representing youth.
The Department of Defence was finalising policies and the plan for the programme, as well as an assessment of the infrastructure and resources needed to mount it, Mabaya said.
Sisulu recently met US ambassador to South Africa, Richard Gips who expressed interest in helping the defence force with the programme.
This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on May 14, 2010
...AND SOME BLACK COMMENTS ON THE ISSUE:
ANC YL Member
5/14/2010 3:30:52 PM
I am going to train just to ensure that I am ready to put the likes of juanarse in their place when the time comes
5/14/2010 4:24:35 PM
They have they will, they know the way, now they will have the means. There is no hidden agenda, there is going to be affirmative redistribution of the economy, and any resistance will have to deal with the YL army. Malema`s Zim and overseas research has told him to accomplish his goals he will need an army.