African National Congress youth leader, Cde Julius Malema (far right) this Friday led thousands of protesters from Johannesburg to Pretoria demanding more jobs, the nationalisation of mines, and the seizure of white-owned farms in Africa’sÂ biggest economy.ANC Youth League deputy president, Cde Ronald Lamola read out a memorandum of demands at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to the protestors.
The ANC Youth League has called on government to amend the Constitution to allow land claims without compensation.
The league demanded the amendment of Section 25 of the Constitution which protects private property against arbitrary expropriation and allows for compensation.
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.
Cde Malema denied that he was positioning himself to challenge President JacobÂ Zuma for ANC leadership next year, saying he was simply trying to highlight pressing social issues in South Africa where youth unemployment is around 50%.