The Minister of State Security has warned members of the ANCYL attending the OR Tambo memorial lecture he delivered at the Ermelo community hall on Friday afternoon that the U.S., Britain and Israel were the three countries behind regime change in South Africa.
“Our biggest challenge these days is in our education system and of these challenges are young people from all political parties who have since entered into a struggle to say they are not happy with the situation at universities.
“What we want to tell you comrades is that what these students are fighting for is genuine and we agree with them that their fight is a good fight because ourselves before we took this country we agreed in 1955 in Kliptown that once we have won freedom we would achieve a national democratic society and that society would be non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and doors of learning be opened for all,” he said.
“But there are people who hate freedom and who have hijacked the struggle of the students for their own interests and after hijacking it are encouraging things that are against the interests of our young people in the country and I want to warn all of you against that,” Mahlobo said during the lecture in Mpumalanga.
He said part of these things that were done by those who have hijacked the struggle of the young people was the issue of burning of universities.
“The ANCYL, YCL, Sasco and Cosas must know that there are people who are being used to undermine our government,” he said.
“People from America, people from Israel and people from Britain are working with the opposition and are also working with others within the alliance of the ANC and as we are talking those people don’t sleep, they want to topple this government very much and the plans behind burning these universities is to build private universities where the poor cannot reach,” said Mahlobo to the about 4,500 youth league members at the Ermelo hall.
Mahlobo was invited by the Gert Sibande ANCYL structure under chairman Trevor Nkosi to deliver the OR Tambo memorial lecture.
He said the plans to build private universities was sponsored by America, Britain and Israel to maintain the “colonial status quo”.
“Others come to the universities and call themselves non-profit organisations and we are watching them and they give airtime and food to protesting students and these people are agents,” he said.
“In other cases, they go far as giving students money to buy drugs and alcohol and when we arrest these students for breaking the law they are the first ones to complain against it,” Mahlobo said.
The memorial lecture, which he used to warn the youths against elements of ill-discipline foreign to what Tambo stood for, was attended by ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela, youth league executive committee member Ndumiso Mokako, Gert Sibande regional secretary James Nkosi as well as ward and other members of the regional executive committee in the region.
(edited by ZK)
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