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The ANCYL to approach press ombudsman
16 September 2015
Johannesburg- The article that appeared on the independent newspaper website is a pure distortion of facts that seeks to perpetuate an agenda against the newly elected leadership as political toddlers who do not have a grasp of the history of our struggle. We want recourse for this gross misrepresentation of facts and if that means approaching courts or ombudsman we shall do so.
Yesterday when addressing a Mini Rally in Gauteng I made a reminder that Apartheid was so petty that it went to the extent of racially classifying access to useless things like liquor and toilets. The struggle of the oppressed can never be reduced to such petty issues. It was apartheid that was petty. The struggle by our forbearers was a struggle of purpose to build a better life for all, it was a struggle to fight against inequality.
The Youth League must not be used through misrepresentation of facts in a quest to water down the powerful struggle of our forbearers.The enemy is not within us it is outside it feeds us lies so that we develop mistrust amongst each other and then strives on the division of our glorious movement.
This is yet another modified form of tabloid journalism that seeks to sensationalize illustrations as the main substance of our presentation. One may even wonder if the reporter was not drinking whisky at the toilet during our session. We view this poor journalism as an attempt by some journalists to amuse our detractors and their imperialists handlers who are hell-bent at distorting and defeating our agenda for economic freedom. Our generational agenda for economic freedom will be achieved in our lifetime and no amount of resistance and ridicule shall prosper.
We would like to put it on record that the struggle was never about whisky and fancy toilets but about total liberation of our all South African. Our struggle took a toll with many who swelled the ranks of the liberation movement and innocent civilians being brutally killed and maimed by the colonial and apartheid machinery. Our people have been on the receiving end for over 300 years of oppression in their land of birth. The people`s struggle for liberation was and is about building a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous society.
Our generation is calling for economic freedom in our lifetime and this is the agenda we will continue to push within the ANC while rallying the youth behind the vision of the ANC. As we continue to celebrate the 71st anniversary we will not allow silly headlines to defocus us and distort our agenda for radical economic transformation.
The ANCYL will hold the ANC flag high with its three colours black, green and gold. Black represents the oppressed black people; green representing struggle for the land that was taken from our people and gold for the resources and wealth of our country.