Thursday, March 21, 2013

Response to Khaya Dlanga

Response to Idols fan, hip-hop lyricist Khaya Dlanga

Floyd Shivambu. 

I normally ignore ventilations of self-proclaimed public intellectuals, who have no tested and academically reviewed work to show their intellectual stature. I ignore these ventilations because I, in most instances, laugh off the youthful exuberance displayed in the manner in which these "intellectuals" write about subjects they know nothing about. It reminds me of my high school days when we, as Majita would sit and talk about powerful cars and argue on which one is the fastest, whilst none of us had no drivers' licence, and most hadn't even been within 10 meters of the vehicles we spoke about. This defines one Khaya Dlanga who, because he is the kind who laughs at his own jokes, wrote about the ANC Youth League and said it is a fake of a fake (http://mg.co.za/article/2013-03-20-idols-to-select-the-next-ancyl-president-perhaps). To use his own words, "Today the ANC Youth League is a fake version of a fake. It is not even a copy of the original thing". What's that? I don't know and sure that he does not know either because that's confusion reserved for amateur hip-hop lyricists who feel like it's a rhyme..... "yeah man, fake of a fake, in a flake from a flat head...." kind of stuff. 


That's the kind, but because as revolutionaries, we carry the obligation to at all times, educate and guide even the most unassuming members of society, particularly those who accept the basic fact that what we are advocating as economic freedom fighters, and did as the ANC Youth League is 'truth'. Since the ANC Youth League 23rd National Congress in 2008, the ANC Youth League reshaped and radicalized South Africa's political discourse in the manner never seen before, and only comparable to the ANC YL Founding generation. With the clarion call for economic freedom in our lifetime, symbolized through our call for Nationalisation of Mines, we commenced and stayed of top of a national, continental, and global debate on resource nationalism never seen before on the history of youth political activism. 

Our call for economic freedom in our lifetime is articulated in the ANC Youth League's adopted Programme of Action for Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime ( http://www.ancyl.org.za/docs/discus/2011/economicu.pdf or http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=230920&sn=Detail&pid=71654) which is a clearest expression of the ideals and aspirations of an absolute majority of South Africans. The ANC Youth League's ORIGINAL diagnoses of South Africa's socio-economic problems and provision of coherent solutions is more coherent, clearer and correct than the National Planning Cmmission's diagnoses report and National Development Plan. Am sure that Khaya Dlanga has not read these perspectives, and drowns his head on lousy newspaper reports, which he pridely recites as if it's some intellectual discovery. Am sure he won't read even after his attention is brought to this seminal work of thorough youth intellectual diagnoses of our problems and definite determination of what is to be done. 

Like many other ignorant newspaper intellectuals, he will ask what have we done as the ANC Youth League to uplift youth. We didn't blow our own horns, but as an organization and as individual leaders of the ANC Youth League, we enrolled and ensured the enrollment of many students in the post secondary education and training fraternity only second to government within the four years of our leadership of the Youth League. We helped thousands of kids with books, shoes and many other learning and teaching support materials than any other private company in South Africa. We helped orphans and orphanages in Soweto, Tembisa, Midrand, Mthatha, Overberg, Karroo, which amounted to more than R3 million of the money we had sourced from caring South Africans. We got South Africa talking about necessary challenges confronting society. The list of the actual developmental work we did is profound and the aim was not to impress newspaper reporters, but to meaningfully impact on the lives of ordinary South Africans. What is fake about that? Or to rhyme we should ask, what is fake of a fake about that? 

Now back to real politics, the ANC Youth League persuaded a properly constituted 3rd National General Council of the ANC in 2010 to adopt "greater consensus on Nationalisation of Mines and other strategic sectors of the economy" (http://www.anc.org.za/docs/reps/2010/3rdngcx.pdf). Only ignorant people will claim no knowledge of what we said are the benefits of Nationalisation of Mines. Over a period of three years, the ANC Youth League produced volumes of coherent perspectives and views around this question, including a Parliamentary submission (http://www.ancyl.org.za/docs/pol/2010/submissiong.pdf) which made the Parliamentary portfolio committee of Minerals and Energy to resolve to undertake a thoroughgoing research, study tours and discussions on Nationalisstion of Mines. The ANC, COSATU, Free Market Fundation, honourable Authors, private corporations, students across all Universities, Professors, respectable academics did profound research on Nationalisation of Mines in response to the ANC Youth League's perspective. There currently is no University in South Africa which does not have a postgraduate student focusing on Nationalisation of Mines or the programme for economic freedom in our lifetime. I know this because in the process of their research, postgraduate students have contacted the leadership of the ANC Youth League to seek further information and guidance from Economic Freedom Fighters. 

The ANC Youth League made the most coherent submission to the ANC and government on how South Africa should deal with the question of skills development, education and training. (http://www.ancyl.org.za/docs/pol/2010/NEW%20SCHOLARSHIPq.pdf). 


I won't degenerate to discuss petty issues Khaya raises around what he says are weaknesses of the leadership of the ANC Youth League because none of those distorted the message for economic freedom in our lifetime and those who had to receive the gospel received it correctly. Well I thought that in the process of recollection of quotes and references, Khaya Dlanga will also reflect on the rather disapproving observations of other media outside South Africa: 

1. Forbes ranked Julius Malema as amongst the 10 yongest power men in Africa in 2011, and amongst the yongest:http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/09/13/the-10-youngest-power-men-in-africa/
2. Disapproving of his politics, The Economist says of Julius Malema that "Despite his famed “G”—a dismally low grade—for his woodwork exam in his school-leaving matriculation, Mr Malema is no fool. He has proved himself a master at politics and at tapping into the anger of his young black audiences". http://www.economist.com/node/18898246 
3. Struggling to ignore his leadership of the economic freedom struggle, and acknowledging that be exists, Time Magazine listed him as amongst the 100 Least Influential People in the World... NB: "Least" in the sense that Time Magazine disagreed with his politics,http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Malema-makes-Time-magazine-list-20100503.
4. During his tenure as leadership of the ANC YL, Malema was everyday asked for his opinions and views by almost all Media house in the world, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, SKY, Reuters, and any other media institution you can think of.
5. Youth formations and structures from the African continent begged for his leadership and appreciated the role he played in South Africa.
6. The youth in the ANC and whole of society approve of Julius Malema's leadership.

Due to this reality and many others which will be mentioned elsewhere, Julius Malema was banished, criminalized, and bastardized by authorities like they did with Gramci, Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, Che Guevara, and many other revolutionaries. For Khaya Dlanga to reduce a revolutionary to the level of petty, disguting rhymes tells a lot about he is, than the revolutionary himself. 
Well I think Season 8 of Idols on Mnet is on its way and Khaya should focus there and will possibly develop another meaningless rhyme for the aspirant musicians, because he thinks he is funny. We are very busy, but had to wave off slight irritations. 

Floyd Shivambu 

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've always called Khaya an imperialist tool, he's getting payed for his anti-revolutionary comments. On the youth league, we shud move towards a direction where we will be able to elect our own leaders without any interference from the above, otherwise our voices and ideologies as youth will be supressed, and so called intelectuals like Khaya will think we are fake. Aluta Continua

Anonymous said...

I respect u comrade, I can't wait for ur political return. I know frm wits 2003 student strike, I could see a leader in u. ANCYL was the best at your times,u haven't turn ur back even now.

Anonymous said...

Cde your intelligence is from the almighty lord, continue this good work educating your own people.Money is buying our fellow leaders,brothers and sisters.Land and resources remain the key to freedom to every jik & jil.

Dambuza Maphanga said...

Hahahahahaha very key

mokhele Isaac said...

Very insightful discipline will sought him out. I personally think Khaya is lobbying for the ANC YL leardership. Trying badly.

Anonymous said...

Long live the economic freedom fighter

Anonymous said...

Cde Floyd, thank you for putting together this good piece of essay. Please note that I admire the good minds who read a lot and are well informed.I always tell my peers/colleagues/cadres that you contributed a lot towards the growth of our former president Sello Julius Malema within political fratenity.knowledge is power and education is a human right to anyone in our democratic country. On this piece I do agree with you partially,I'm of view that your leadership (past ANCYL) could have done a bit more on the issue of free education for tertiary students.solution(1) you could have negotiated with NEFSA to exempt high perfomers with zero rate interest on their loans (2) you could have engaged the minister of higher education for subsidy in the form of food vouchers for any students coming from poor backgrounds.Education is the real empowerement for the black communities!!Free Education in our lifetime!! Cde Thabo Sekgota, member of the ANC, and ANCYL in sunnyside branch, pretoria

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nicolas_geduld said...

Ouch

Anonymous said...

I'm not necessarily a fan of politics, but this was necessary, someone to cut Mr Dlanga to size.He believes in his own self-proclaimed hype unfortunately. Well written Mr Shivambu.

Anonymous said...

This is what we need hopeful we will see the return of a Youth Leaque that is not controlled by the mother body.We salute you comrade.

Anonymous said...

I dont normali agree with de way u sometymz articulate issuez but here, i agree with u 1000 percent!dis blog was long overdue.it's about tym some1 put Khaya Dlanga in his place.coz it's like i alwayz say if u are going to pronounce on issuez or on a particular subject, make sho that u spent hourz reading on it.being a twitter celebrity and writting a coupla articlez about "Black and white office air-con fights and de frnd-zoning of men by women",doesnt mean u can now start writting and pronouncing on politics and other national issuez!

Anonymous said...

Khaya Dlanga is sicking cheap popularity on rong matters coz we as members of d YL r not happy about d traumatisetion, expalsion, suspension nd disbandment of our leaders, but we will 4rever wake up with d second wind coz we will go down in history books as ageneration which refused 2 surrender d autonomy of d YL.

Greg van Zyl said...

Well written Mr Shivambu. SA needs to be awakened from its slumber. All South Africans will look back and applaud the left wing movement in the future I believe.. We need a strong left-wing movement that unites progressives of all colours and tribes.. Perhaps WASP?

Siphokuhle jack said...

My perspective on Malema and economic freedom http://t.co/l1EuOLs5eD

Bongani Mazibuko said...

Floyd= a true leader.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad I bumped into this sharp read. Many of us youngsters really owe a lot to our leaders for we really are clueless of what they do for our country. We stand on street corners, sishayashaya ama gang about things we don't know. An article like this proves that sometimes our psuedo knowledge is a fake of a fake. I certainly hope Khaya and many others like him take a much needed lesson from this and shut up. Thank u Cde. Shivambu!
@LindaniSG

Anonymous said...

Well addressed general, u keep inspiring us and giving us direction u sure well knw hw to articulate issues. Alongside Juju Malema, Sindiso Magaqa and ur self u formed a leathal combo that the mother body couldn't standm aluta general.

Anonymous said...

The problem in SA is that politicians are being dumbed down to the fake and pointless status of being called "celebrities" which makes twelebs such as Khaya think that they are on the same level as elite people such as politicians.I commend you comrade on addressing the divide between politicians n celebrities.there is freedom of speech but Khaya shud knw wt hez talkn abt first.

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