African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu
African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

Malema: We always get what we want

By Time of article published Oct 28, 2011

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The ANC Youth League on Friday called on government to amend the Constitution to allow land claims without compensation.

ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola read out a memorandum of demands at the Union Buildings in Pretoria at the culmination of the league's “economic freedom” march.

The league demanded the amendment of section 25 of the Constitution which protects private property against arbitrary expropriation and allows for compensation.

The memorandum was received by newly-appointed Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

He is a former secretary-general of the SA Democratic Teachers Union.

ANCYL president Julius Malema was pleased that Nxesi was the one who accepted the memorandum.

“We have a minister. We always get what we want. We are not a Mickey Mouse organisation. We are a serious organisation,” Malema said.

“The minister knows these demands very well. He used to be one on the street fighting this.

“He will take this to the executive and will explain it better because he is from a working class background.”

Earlier, Malema demanded that only a member of the Cabinet accept their memorandum on “economic freedom”.

On Thursday, the league handed memorandums of demand to the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg's city centre and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in Sandton. - Sapa

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