Toe the line or else . . .
The ANC Youth League in the Free State has warned wasteful municipalities against continuing with expenditure that does not impact positively on the lives of the people, especially the youth.
The league’s remarks follow the release of the country’s municipal audit results by Auditor General (AG) Kimi Makwetu on Wednesday.
The report indicated that most of the municipalities in the Free State received poor audit results for the 2017/18 financial year.
The damning report by the AG also highlighted that most municipalities nationwide had poor financial management.
ANCYL provincial secretary Reagan Booysen said it cannot be right that municipalities continue to spend scarce resources on anything than improving the lives of the people for the better.
“The ANC Youth League in the province has noted with great sense of disgust, the continued waste of much needed resources by our municipalities and some government departments in hosting impact-less events,” said Booysen.
He noted “this repugnant trend” continues despite a clear directive by the political leadership in the Free State for government departments and municipalities to redirect resources towards projects that are qualitatively impactful on the people.
Booysen said: “We wish to reiterate our view that all municipalities and government departments must stop wasting money on festivals and fund economic opportunities for young people as well as to direct the resources towards service delivery.”
He cautioned that this is the last time that the ‘young lions’ in the province are raising their concern over this practise in a diplomatic manner.
“Continuation of these tendencies which are meant to loot public resources will be met with collective force by young people,” warned Booysen.
He called on all young people in the province not to attend such events, going further to label them ‘money-making schemes’.
Booysen charged that by attending the so-called festivals, the youth in the Free State will be endorsing mediocrity and political lousiness.
Meanwhile ANC Youth League chairman Makalo Mohale was yesterday scheduled to address a memorial lecture in Mangaung, Medet, Ward 7 on the life of the late league president Peter Mokaba.
Makalo, who was recently sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature and MEC for economic and small business development (Destea) salutes Mokaba, a fiery youth league leader that kept fires burning with his uncompromising stance against apartheid, colonialism, and economic exclusion of the African masses.
In March 1987, Mokaba founded the South African Youth Congress (Sayco) and was elected president at its launch.
After the unbanning of the ANC, Sayco dissolved and the ANC Youth League was established. Mokaba served as ANC Youth League president from December 1991 to January 1994.
He is mostly remembered for the slogan “Kill the boer, kill the farmer”, which he used when he addressed a commemorative rally for slain SACP leader Chris Hani at Khayelitsha near Cape Town on April 17, 1993.
On intervention by ANC elders, Mokaba changed the slogan to “kiss the boer, the farmer’.
At the time of his death Mokaba was a member of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) and the party’s chief electioneering strategist.