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Cake and service delivery as the youth league visits Lenasia

by Setumo Stone, 14 September 2012, 10:48
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Young Communist League national secretary Buti Manamela. Picture: SOWETAN
Young Communist League national secretary Buti Manamela. Picture: SOWETAN

THIS week, the ANC kindergarten brought service delivery to Thembelihle informal settlement in Lenasia near Soweto — in the form of three slaughtered cattle and boxes of cake.

This they did to demonstrate that the youth leaguers are not “Sandton revolutionaries” (not a reference to Julius Malema).

We celebrate our 68th anniversary with the people, said the speakers, who also told the people that they deserved schools, houses, water and electricity. “Let them eat cake,” said Ronald Lamola, the league’s acting or deputy president (depending on who you talk to).

And the following day — Tuesday — Thembelihle was on fire again. The people blocked the Klipspruit Valley main road, demanding schools, houses, water and electricity. If ever there were evidence of incitement, this was it.

Former youth league deputy president Andile Lungisa has also not kept his promise to call a press conference to show up Buti Manamela of the Young Communist League (YCL). I swear I could see the two giving each other dirty looks in Thembelihle.

On Sunday, Manamela and fellow reds had called for a forensic audit on the finances of the National Youth Development Agency, linked to allegations of corruption. Lungisa is the former chairman of the agency and YCL chairman Yershen Pillay was his deputy.

“These hands are clean,” Pillay was quick to say.

But Lungisa seemingly did not take the announcement kindly. Let us investigate, he said.

“Buti’s wife is employed by the NYDA,” he said, adding that he had never even “procured a pen”. 

In defence, Manamela said: “But my wife is a member of the ANC Youth League.”