Maine un­fit to lead youth league

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tha­bile Mange

THE ANC youth league is re­garded as a train­ing ground for fu­ture lead­ers. It has pro­duced a good crop of in­di­vid­u­als who later be­came in­flu­en­tial lead­ers.

For in­stance, it pro­duced the likes of Nel­son Rolih­lahla Man­dela. That said, can you imag­ine youth league leader Collen Maine as the fu­ture fi­nance min­is­ter?

Any­thing is pos­si­ble in pol­i­tics. How­ever, Maine’s fu­ture doesn’t look bright in pol­i­tics. So it will take a mir­a­cle for him to be a cab­i­net min­is­ter.

The youth league leader can’t even make a po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

He’s also not a lead­ing light and lacks sub­stance. In ad­di­tion, he has no vi­sion or pro­gramme to im­prove the lives of the strug­gling youth in our coun­try.

Ev­ery time he opens his mouth, he speaks out of turn. A few days ago he ap­peared on Jus­tice Malala’s tele­vi­sion pro­gramme, he was a dis­as­ter. He’s also try­ing hard to im­i­tate for­mer youth league leader Julius Malema. And he’s do­ing a bad job.

The per­ti­nent ques­tion is: how did Maine be­come the leader of such a pow­er­ful youth or­gan­i­sa­tion?

He emerged from nowhere to claim the top po­si­tion. And he did noth­ing wor­thy to be elected to that po­si­tion.

You don’t need a Mas­ter’s de­gree to see that he was anointed by the Gup­tas to be­come the youth leader.

He was put there to serve the in­ter­est of the fam­ily. And he’s do­ing a damn good job at that.

It’s a re­lief that he’s not el­i­gi­ble to stand for re-elec­tion. He is over age. Be­sides, he has noth­ing to of­fer to the youth. He is just a use­ful id­iot to the Gupta fam­ily, who in turn help him pay his mil­lion-rand bond and main­tain his lav­ish life­style. The youth de­serve bet­ter.

It’s a re­lief that he’s not el­i­gi­ble for re-electlion


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