ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine admitted on Wednesday that the ruling party has been enwrapped in corruption, selfishness, and all sorts of decadence.
He alleged that the reputation of the ANC had been tarnished by some leaders in the party who are promoting capitalism, have long forgotten about the struggle and are being uncomfortably driven in nice German cars.
“There are those within ANC leadership who have become comfortable after 1994. They drive German cars and have delayed the [economic] revolution. We want our land, we want our minerals back. We want nationalisation of the Reserve Bank,” he said.
Maine told the 1500 audience at an ANCYL Economic Freedom Lecture at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban that the biggest challenge of the ANC is the National Treasury.
He indirectly alleged that since “we accommodated someone and made them a Finance Minister. That person took all their people and put them in the finance department.”
Turning to President Zuma who was also present at the occasion, Collen Maine praised him for bringing BRICS to South Africa as part of his legacy and for giving free education to the poor.
“There is money in the economy [for free education for the poor]. The governor of the Reserve Bank is not for the people. Where are the former ministers of finance, who are no longer in Treasury working? They got to be captured. Our biggest problem is to correct the department of finance. That department needs to be transformed,” he stressed again.
So to him, the ANC must thoroughly cleanse and fine-tune its leadership if it must regain the love, peace and unity it once enjoyed.
Taking on the media, the ANCYL leader pleaded with the party not to invite them to certain ANCYL events because their presence hinders members of the league from freely expressing themselves.
The colourful lecture was graced by prominent ANC heavyweights. They include: ANC National Executive Committee and National Working Committee member Nathi Mthethwa, who is also Minister of Arts and Culture, eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Super Zuma and others.
South African Airways chairperson Dudu Myeni and Mzwanele (Jimmy) Manyi, president of the Progressive Professionals Forum, and other dignitaries were equally present.