The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) said on Wednesday that its most recent calls, among which was a call for land to be expropriated without compensation, was actually the league taking action to reclaim policies that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) “stole” from it.
National spokesperson of the league Mlondi Mkhize told The Citizen that the EFF stole the ANCYL’s 24th national congress resolutions. At the conference, the ANCYL took controversial resolutions to, among other things, expropriate land without compensation, and nationalise of banks and mines.
The ANCYL’s 24th national congress document states that the league wanted to: “Amend section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa to make provision for the expropriation without compensation of property, particularly land, for equitable redistribution in the public interest and for public purpose,” and it also called for the “nationalisation of strategic sectors and the commanding heights of the economy to realise the Freedom Charter’s clarion call that the people shall share in the country’s wealth. As per the dictates of the Freedom Charter such strategic sectors must include ‘the mineral wealth beneath the soil, the banks and monopoly industry’.”
Asked if the league still wanted to nationalise banks, mines and expropriate land without compensation, Mkhize said “that has not changed”.
“The EFF has stolen our policies. The 24th ANC Youth League congress has spoken about these things. People must go back and refer to it. We want government to own 100% of the mines. We want to nationalise the land that was stolen from the people. We have called for a state-owned bank. We are calling for the SA Reserve Bank to be state-owned.”
However, Mkhize said the league would not nationalise land owned by traditional leaders.
The EFF has stolen our policies. The 24th ANC Youth League congress has spoken about these things
The EFF, formed in 2013 by former ANCYL president Julius Malema and his allies, has similar policies, which Malema helped to drive at the 24th congress.
Core to the party’s policies are the calls to nationalise mines, banks and expropriate land without compensation.
The ANCYL raised eyebrows on Monday when it called for the amendment of section 25 of the constitution, which prohibits expropriation of land without expropriation. The league called on Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwiniti to consider amending this part of the constitution so that land could be expropriated and redistributed in order to “afford young African people access to land ownership”.
Although there are the ANCYL’s policy resolutions, they are not adopted by the league’s mother body, the ANC. In May this year, parliament approved the Expropriation Bill, which enables the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership.
The bill has been waiting for President Jacob Zuma’s signature now for some time. At the end of July, he asked Parliament to explain the process it followed in passing the bill.