POLITICS: Malema Out But Youth Problem Remains
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Malema Issue Just a Drop in the Ocean
The Institute said that Mr Malema had been a product of this environment. According to the Institute, a country with South Africas inequalities will always be a breeding ground for political radicalism. It would be a mistake therefore to interpret Mr Malemas suspension as the end of political radicalism within the country. Inevitably, if the country is not able to sustain significantly higher levels of economic growth, new Malemas will come to the fore either inside or outside the ANC.
The Institute also said that Mr Malema had been useful in ensuring a new level of national focus on youth poverty and unemployment. While the policy solutions he proposed were unworkable, he was one of the early few ANC leaders to identify that South Africas youth were an underrepresented political constituency. The ANC, the Institute said, had been complacent in the pre-Malema era and ignored the rising youth crisis in the country. It is possible, that with Mr Malema out of the way, the party may again fall into the same complacency.
Malema Sentence Was the Only Option
The sentence handed down to Mr Malema, which the Institute described as unusually harsh, was probably the only mechanism that the ANC leadership had at their disposal to halt his political ascendancy. In the absence of such iron-fisted action it was plausible that Mr Malema might have led an overthrow of the current senior leadership of the party which would in turn have led to fundamental policy changes for South Africa.
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