MINISTER of Mineral Resources and ANC MP Mosebenzi Zwane has advised the youth of Limpopo to stop fighting themselves and unite in order to rip the fruits of the mines across the province, once the most talked about Radical Economic Transformation policy finally surfaces.
Addressing scores of youth during Economic Freedom lecture in Sekhukhune over the weekend, Zwane said that transformation is possible, only if the ANC can elect a suitable candidate at its December conference, which he believes is none other than ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
“We agree that if you are organized, in three years out of the 19 mines, at least five or six mines should be black owned.”
“Now is the right time to elect leaders who will bring change to the people of South Africa, not to vote for people who are close to us or whatever relations we share.
“Twenty three years of democracy, our people are still living in poverty, grants and to end this, I will not be reluctant to vote for Dlamini-Zuma,” Zwane said.
He discouraged the migration of people from as far as North West to come and work in the mines around Sekhukhune when locals are jobless, particularly young people in Limpopo.
Zwane chanted that Dlamini- Zuma’s ‘Radical Economic Transformation, now or never’ mantra, sounded more convincing to him and his fellow residents of the Free State.
He also said that the time was up for the youth of Limpopo to blame the provincial government for unemployment. Those who ran community projects had to take the blame too.
“We will also call business People in the mining sector and make it clear to them that they are either going to share 50 or 51% of their mines with black people or they leave our land.”
Zwane also said that he was unfazed by claims that certain ANC members and individuals associated with President Jacob Zuma or Dlamini-Zuma were corrupt.
He would continue to mobilize support for Dlamini-Zuma, he said.