- Self-proclaimed ANC Youth League 'General', Bheki Nkutha, has defended plans to establish a military training camp
- He says the idea dates back to Julius Malema's leadership
- The proposal has been met with backlash, however, even from within the ANC
The ANC Youth League in Johannesburg will be moving forward with its military training camp.
Called 'Camp Zenith', the programme will include training in guerrilla tactics and firearm handling.
One of the leaders of the programme says that the idea started when Julius Malema was the Youth League's president.
'General' Bheki Nkutha, one of the camp organisers, says that that the programme is about team-building and empowering the youth rather than preparing for war, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"Why is it so bad for black children to be taught discipline, because that is what the military is all about," Nkutha said, according to The Citizen.
Additionally, Nkutha defended the programme, explaining that it had been one of the resolutions the Youth League made in 2010 under then-president Julius Malema.
Nevertheless, the programme has been met with a substantial public outcry. For example, ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has demanded that the camp leaders explain themselves.
"We do not accept the decision of a youth league in Gauteng that they will be training people militarily and handing out guns," Duarte said.
Several legal experts have also weighed in on the proposed camp, saying that it would need to comply with various laws, such as the Firearms Control Act, if the league wished to move forward with the idea.
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