- The African National Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL) outgoing leaders say they deserve to be recognised for making land expropriation without compensation a reality
- ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza said the league was a leading factor behind the ANC adopting the policy at its 54th National Elective Conference in December
- Nzuza said the EFF which was born out of the ANCYL couldn’t take credit for land expropriation
The African National Congress Youth League’s (ANCYL) outgoing leaders say they and not the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deserve to be recognised for making land expropriation without compensation a reality.
ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza said it was thanks to the efforts of the league and its current leaders that the ANC adopted the policy at its 54th National Elective Conference last December.
Nzuza said ANCYL leaders had championed, debated, consulted and fought tooth-and-nail for the policy to be adopted by its parent organisation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nzuza said the EFF could not possibly take the credit for making the policy a reality. He said the EFF was founded on the principles of the ANCYL and the party was formed and modelled around the league’s believes.
Nzuza told EWN.co.za that it wasn’t pure coincidence that the ANC and EFF shared similar views about the land issue in South Africa.
He pointed out that Malema was the leader of the ANCYL when he formed the EFF and based much of the party’s launch manifesto on pre-existing ANCYL policies.
He said even though it was the EFF who originally tabled the motion in Parliament which eventually led to the policy of land expropriation without compensation to be adopted, the party should not take the credit.
Nzuza said if the Youth League did not fight to have the ANC adopt the policy its Members of Parliament would not have supported the EFF’s motion in Parliament and the proposal would have failed without anyone noticing.
Nzuza was delivering an assessment of how the league felt its current leaders had performed since being elected in 2015. The ANCYL is set to elect new leaders in the coming months at an as yet unnamed conference.
Nzuza said he was pleased with how the current crop of leaders had performed during their time in office and said they looked forward to taking the next step in serving the people of the country as best as they could.
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