Young people have weighed in following Fikile Mbalula’s admission to defending corruption.
The ANC Secretary General dropped a bombshell at the weekend when he confessed party members had lied to Parliament to protect the then-president, Jacob Zuma.
In a move that shocked South Africans, the ANC SG told supporters in Mbombela that many people’s careers were damaged trying to defend the former President’s multi-million-rand Nkandla homestead upgrade.
He said they even went to the extent of lying to Parliament, deeming the controversial Nkandla swimming pool a fire pool.
While some political analysts have described Mbalula’s admission as a rare moment of honesty from the ANC SG, many young people are still questioning what Mbalula had to gain from the tactless confession.
And it seems like Mbalula’s attempts, which some political commentators say could have been aimed at discrediting Jacob Zuma who’s distanced himself from the ANC and is instead campaigning for the newly formed uMkhonto Wesizwe party, may have had the opposite effect on some young people.
The politician has since issued a lengthy statement defending the remarks, saying they were taken out of context.
At the same time, young people say they’re skeptical about the ANC’s ability to take the country forward.
Their remarks come as the governing party kicked off the celebrations for its 112th birthday on Monday.
The party, which started as a liberation movement, came to power in 1994 following South Africa’s first democratic elections.
On Tuesday, speaking to YNews, some young people in Johannesburg questioned the relevance of the organisation with many accusing the ANC of being out of touch with the youth’s needs.
Written by: Naomi Kobbie