By Mbali Sibiya
President Jacob Zuma has urged the youth to follow in the footsteps of former late president Nelson Mandela and his generation in an effort to achieve radical economic transformation.
Speaking to ANC youth league members in KZN on Monday night during the Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture, Zuma said young people should acquire education to escape poverty.
He encouraged the youth to emulate Mandela and ANC stalwart Oliver Tambo, in their quest to win over the economy, warning that radical economic transformation will remain a dream if they do not educate themselves.
The President said government is still awaiting a report on the feasibility of free education, following country-wide #FeesMustProtests in 2015.
According to Zuma, the report will contain recommendations that will further be discussed. The President also unleashed a veiled attack at those denying the existence of white Monopoly Capital.
It appears he was responding to former President Thabo Mbeki’s assertion that white monopoly capital is not the problem.
Mbeki denounced the use of the phrase, during the Chairman’s conversation on Power 987, last week, saying it was an abuse of a term used in scientific economic literature.
Zuma said the youth have a responsibility to transform the structure, patterns and ownership of the economy.