Former president Jacob Zuma will be the key note speaker at a political lecture on addressing skewed racial ownership patterns of land in the country and the economy on September 19 in Kroonstad.
Zuma’s address is at the invitation of the ANC Youth League in the region.
The former president is expected to lead debate on free education policy, land, and the economy.
Msholozi – as Zuma is also known – will be accompanied by the provincial chairman of the ANC Youth League, Makalo Mohale, who is also the MEC for Destea
The lecture at Rautenbach Theatre is expected to draw a diverse audience of young people from the league and the nearby Mareka Tvet College.
ANC Youth League regional secretary Andile Mlambo told The Weekly yesterday that Zuma has been chosen to speak to the young people as a “champion of free education and radical economic transformation.”
He explained that Zuma’s visit to the area is part of a build-up programme by the ANC Youth League for a total shutdown of Flavius Mareka Tvet College over what he claimed is “its transgressions against the right of students to learn”.
“As the youth league here we are in the process of planning a total shutdown of the Tvet College because they continue to deny students education on the basis of unpaid registration fees and scandals involving the National Student Aid Fund Scheme,” charged Mlambo.
He added the league felt Zuma was the best person to unpack the concept of free education to them since he is the one that signed it into law before vacating office.
“The former president will be speaking to the youth about what free education exactly means. The right of students continue being violated by the management of Flavius Mareka Tvet College even though government said education is free.”
Mlambo also said political freedom delivered to South Africans in 1994, which was without economic freedom, is hollow.
“We need to be clear politically when we pursue the programme of shutting down the entire Tvet establishment in our region because of victimisation of students, hence we called the former president as the father of radical economic transformation to assist us in better understanding these notions,” he said.
Zuma is also expected to speak on the land question and the patterns of economic ownership which according to Mlambo, still favour the minority at the expense of the majority.
“The former president has already confirmed he is coming. We are finishing off security details next week and expect that indeed he will be talking to us on his return from former president Robert Mugabe’s burial in Zimbabwe,” added the regional secretary.