Julius wants R5 billion for his "youth programme"
The indoctrination of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members, or perhaps that should be the Cultural Revolution of the organisation, has begun in earnest.
Willing and unwitting instruments of the movement, received thought-terminating clichés from president Julius Malema during a three-day shedding-of-worldly-ties course in party politics held in Krugersdorp this week.
The political school’s mandate is made clear in the screeds of documents handed out to its converts.
The league’s mission statement stresses, among other things, the need to intensify the political education of ANCYL members. This, in turn, leads to the call for the establishment of an institutionalised political school in line with the ANC’s 52nd National Conference resolution on political education.
Despite the well-known instances of the discrepant behaviour of league members, course participants are required to be disciplined cadres and to be prepared to be assessed by means of written tests on the presentations made and material disbursed at the Winter School.
The school ground rules makes for interesting copy – layered as it is with typos and grammatical errors.
One rule says no alcohol will be allowed on the premises of the school. In hindsight, this acknowledges the league’s squalid drinking history calling to mind the reports not so long ago of members who patronised seedy bars and body-rub parlours in Bloemfontein.
The final line in the ground rules is as cryptic as the school itself: “All delegates who do adhere to these rules, particularly on time, will be requested to leave the political school.”
But, as if to mock the rules, some members did not make it to school on time this week.