The ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema, was speaking during the Youth Leagueâ€™s 24th National Conference held recently in Midrand, South Africa.
He challenged ANC leaders to seriously consider adopting the Zimbabwean model of black empowerment, saying the fewer whites who are still in control of mines and land are unwilling to let go of South Africaâ€™s resources.
â€œWe will never police the issue of land. No way for democratisation of the land issue. The Polokwane Declaration says the willing-buyer-willing-seller option has failed so land must be taken without compensation,â€ he said.
Malema also referred to the ZimbabweanÂ land issue of, saying, â€œNationalisation is the policy of the youth league. We may not agree with the method used in Zimbabwe, but the critical issue is resolved â€“ the land question. Without land we have nothing. Why will this South Africa belong to us when we have nothing to show that South Africa belongs to us?
â€œWe are not going to say it diplomatically. If you are going to transfer wealth â€“ who owns this wealth? In whose hands is this wealth? Itâ€™s white monopoly capital. Those are the people we want to take from.â€
He implored South Africaâ€™s youths to take a leading role in the countryâ€™s indigenisation and black empowerment drive.
He said, â€œWe are asking for radial policy shift. We are taking 100 years. We want more action from the leadership. We are going to war comrades â€“ a war for radical policy shift. Youths, you must be everywhere, everywhere in the structures of the ANC.â€
ANCYL national spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, added that the economic empowerment of blacks in South Africa suffers from an imperialist backlash as imperialists are not happy with how blacks want to move regarding the nationalisation of mines.
â€œWe must dedicate our energies to achieving greater consensus on the nationalisation of mines and realise the goals of the Freedom Charter.
â€œThe ANC must agree that the willing-buyer-willing-seller option has failed to yield results and that they must begin to expropriate land without compensation,â€ he said.
Zimbabwe undertook a deliberate stance on land reclamation in 2000 after Britain, then led by Prime Minister Tony Blair, reneged on its obligation to provide funds for compensating white farmers for acquired land.
Over 350 000 families were resettled on farms acquired compulsorily by government.
The British, US and other western countries responded by slapping Harare with economic sanctions whose effects have been felt in all sectors of the economy and by ordinary Zimbabweans.