- Calls for the nationalisation of Reserve Bank
- Speaks of white power on a black face
- Slams right- wing media
- Demands education syllabus review
Firebrand and radical president of the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) Itumeleng ‘Vutha’ Ntsube has come out guns blazing against the deviation of the ANC from the resolutions of the Nasrec 2017 conference, including nationalising the reserve bank.
Ntsube, who hails from Botshabelo in Mangaung, told The Weekly in a telephonic interview yesterday that learners under the banner of Cosas back the ANC for its principles, and called on the ruling party to stick to the 2017 Nasrec policy and elective conference resolutions in the implementation of Radical Economic Transformation (RET).
He said: “You can’t introduce any other economic policy except the one that the ANC delegates agreed on at the conference. Radical economic policy is ANC policy and as Cosas we support it to the core, there can’t be any other economic programme than it.”
Vutha, who is also the country’s youngest Member of Parliament, said it cannot be correct that the economic think tanks of the ANC always manufacture long term programmes for everyday challenges faced by the poorest of the poor, yet what’s required are short term and medium term interventions.
He noted the learners under the radical pro-left movement wish to see the resolutions of the Nasrec conference implemented in their entirety and will escalate its calls for the nationalisation of all private schools in the country so that equal and quality education can be realised.
On top of this, Vutha, as he is affectionately known among the rank and file membership of Cosas, said the learner structure also aims to intensify its campaign for the review of the country’s educational syllabus.
He called on education and government stakeholders to undertake a global research on the latest educational methodologies relevant to the changing world.
Cosas is totally opposed to the intended privatisation of Eskom and views any such move as dancing to the whims of monopoly capital, he added.
“How can you privatise Eskom while it is responsible for distributing power not only at home, but to Southern African Development Community countries as well? Our view is that this is a ploy to drive the state entity into private hands as part of the neo-liberal agenda for the neo-colonisation of the continent. With such power, any private entity running Eskom can easily not capture only SA, but neighbouring countries too.”
Private companies which will run Eskom will have the same authority to determine tariffs for consumers as other private businesses do in determining costs of basic commodities such as bread.
Vutha contended that handing over an entity as strategic as Eskom into private hands is in essence a scenario where ‘there’s white power in a black face’, a notion which he explains as white minority control of the economy at the direct expense of the black majority.
Turning his attention to the ongoing Zondo Commission into allegations of state capture, Vutha said President Cyril Ramaphosa erred in London for putting a price tag of R1 billion to the process so far because it has not yet finished its duties.
“It was unbecoming for the President to speak on behalf of the commission. By the way how do you put a price on a process that is still ongoing and still has to produce its recommendations,” he quipped.
The outspoken young leader also came out strongly against what he said was persistent media attacks on the person of the ANC’s secretary general, Ace Magashule.
“As Cosas we note these attacks on the secretary general of the ANC and see them as another scam to erode his standing and dignity among the people, an agenda driven by racist white media. They tell lies about him in an attempt to indoctrinate our people against him, and to push him out of the ANC, but we are ready as Cosas to counter such,” he vowed.