Money used to erect “bogus Mandela” statue supposed to build school: ANCYL

They say the statue is “a distortion” of the image of the struggle icon and a waste of money.

The ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province says the money that was used to erect the “bogus” Nelson Mandela statue outside the legislature in Mbombela was supposed to be used for something else, like building a school.

The league has now given sports and culture MEC Thandi Shongwe an ultimatum to remove the “bogus Mandela” statue or else they will remove it themselves “forcefully”.

It says the statue is a “distortion” of the image of the former and first black South African President and should be taken down immediately.

The statue, costing taxpayers R8.3 million, was unveiled on the Friday mid-day of 28 September 2018 by Premier Refilwe Mtshweni.

It was the work of the Mpumalanga sports arts and culture department.

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The ANCYL says the man represented in the statue is a Mandela “wannabe”.

“We are utter dismayed, fabbergasted [sic] and perplexed by the bogus statue of Nelson Mandela recently erected in front of the provincial legislature,” it said in a statement Wednesday this week.

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“The ANCYL call for the immediate removal of that Mandela ‘wanna be’ and we want to put it categorically clear for the department to hear that if this bogus Mandela is not removed by the end of this week we will mobilise patriotic youth to forcefully remove that distortion of the image of our struggle icon,” the statement released by secretary Pholoso Mbatsane on behalf of the provincial executive committee reads.

He said they believe that the R8.3 million used in the procurement of “that ghost whom our government is saying is Mandela” should have been used to build a school.

It was now calling on the department of sports, arts and culture to invest on the establishment of Mpumalanga schools of excellence.

“The province is not doing [good] in producing and nurturing artists,” Mbatsane said, implying that money should have gone to build a school of artists.

The statement is released after the league held its PEC meeting this week.

It has now resolved to support young people to go to Parliament and legislature and was tired of nominating old people “who go to Parliament and sleep”.

“We want to save them the embarrassment of sleeping painfully in Parliamentary benches,” the Mpumalanga league said.

It will also conduct political schooling for its members in the four regional executive committees as “education is the lifeblood of any organisation pursuing a revolutionary struggle and should forever constitute the day to day activities of the ANCYL”.

“It is an objective reality that any revolution that does not reproduce its ideas is bound to fail,” Mbatsane said in the statement.

“All ANCYL structures should standardise political education into their mainstream programmes and constantly ensure that all members have a proper grasp of the politics of the ANC, its revolutionary theory and its ideological perspective alike,” he said.

He said the political induction will deal with the basic understanding of organizational processes and procedure in order to run an effective organization, prepare members and “sharply raise their level of political consciousness”.

They also call on everybody to support 22-year-old Cheryl Zondi who a week ago bravely testified against Pastor Tim Omotoso who she said used to assault her sexually since the age of 14 after she joined the church at the age of 13.

They also called on the Council of Churches to regulate the establishments of church “especially those of foreign nationals”.

“We call on them to act swiftly in addressing the dignity of this situation. We cannot allow such institutions to be compromised by bogus men of clothes both sinister South Africans and foreign nationals,” he said.

Mbatsane added they will have a provincial and national congress as from 07 to 09 December and the national congress will be from 16 to 20 December 2018.

He said BGMs should sit until 15 November 2018, then afterwards they will allow disputes from 16 to 24 November 2018.

(edited by ZK)

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