ANC vs Youth: It’s war

malema_ancyl spat INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. Photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

The gloves are off.

In retaliation to the ANC’s decision to slap charges against ANCYL leader Julius Malema, the youth wing in his home province of Limpopo is calling for the reopening of the arms deal probe, a move apparently targeting President Jacob Zuma.

While he was still deputy president, Zuma was accused of having taken a bribe from convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik in relation to the arms deal procurement.

The National Prosecuting Authority later dropped the charges.

At the time, Malema threatened to “kill for Zuma” if he faced prosecution.

The decision to demonstrate against the ANC in support of Malema, was taken during a special provincial executive meeting of the league late on Tuesday.

The meeting was attended by the ANC’s provincial chairman, Premier Cassel Mathale, a Malema supporter. “Time and again we get signals elsewhere outside the country that there are unanswered questions (on the arms deal),” league provincial chairman Frans Moswane said in Polokwane on Wednesday

“There is lot of information from institutions in various countries, and it is an issue in the public domain,” said the league’s provincial secretary, Jacob Lebogo.

His deputy, Rudzani Ludere, said, without mentioning names, that people must be investigated and, if found guilty, they must be sent to prison.

“The youth league gave (Zuma) support when he was accused of rape and corruption. We want to give the same support to Malema,” said Ludere.

The league also wants Zuma to take action against Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele, who have been fingered by the public protector in the controversial leasing of police headquarters.

“Instead of people responding to the public protector’s report, they want her to reinvestigate what has long been concluded while there are outstanding responses to her findings,” said Moswane.

Lebogo said circumstances were shaping Malema to become the best leader of the ANC.

“You remember when we opened a church in Seshego last year, President Zuma said there is a leader in Malema,” said Lebogo.

Meanwhile, other provincial youth league leaders also believe that charges against the national leadership of the youth league are “politically motivated, hypocritical and illustrate the paranoia in the ANC’’.

Following frantic meetings in several provinces this week, youth league leaders have come out in defence of their embattled national colleagues, who face disciplinary steps by the ANC after being formally charged with bringing the party into disrepute.

But the message from youth league provincial executives to the leaders of the mother body is clear: strike our leadership and you strike us all.

Following a special youth league national executive committee meeting on Sunday, provincial leaders have taken the message to their provinces that they should remain “unshaken” in their support of Malema and his co-accused.

Having been warned by youth league leaders last week that Malema should not be charged alone for what was essentially a collective leadership position, the ANC appears to have called the young lions’ bluff and extended the charge sheet to include the remaining four members of the executive committee.

This is the first time in the history of the ANC – which celebrates its centenary next year – that the entire league leadership faces disciplinary steps.

After levelling charges against Malema and his right-hand man, league spokesman Floyd Shivambu, ANC elders charged league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer-general Pule Mabe with bringing the ANC into disrepute and for storming a meeting of the ANC’s top six two weeks ago.

Malema and Shivambu are to face the disciplinary committee on August 30 and 31, Lamola is scheduled to appear on September 2, but the dates for the others are not yet known.

The actions taken by the ANC have caused political shockwaves in the league, with provincial leaders expressing their anger with the ruling party.

Some have said that the statements for which Malema and company are being charged are no different from the harsh things the league said about then-president Thabo Mbeki in the run-up to the ANC’s watershed Polokwane conference in 2007.

Ayanda Kasa, in Gauteng, said she did not want to pre-empt the outcome of the disciplinary committee.

The league in Gauteng was striving to have the charges dropped and the matter dealt with internally, she said.

Shadrac Tlhaole, chairman of the league in the Northern Cape, said the ANC would not succeed in getting rid of Malema.

The others also supported him. - Pretoria News

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:45pm on 25 August 2011
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This is great!...i hope these fools have all their secrets exposed by their fellow "Comrades"...

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Kleilat, wrote

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03:36pm on 25 August 2011
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This is like England playing NZ, hell of a game but you want neither to win! Ha ha ha ha ha. A lot of dust will be kicked around, but there is little for the rest of SA to win from this.

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Struggler, wrote

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03:25pm on 25 August 2011
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To Boytjie, you are telling the truth, he was 4years old in 1985 and not even an idea in his parents head in 1975.So what does he know about the struggle when being born in 1981? He is a joke.

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:19pm on 25 August 2011
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The ANCYl is revolting!! THe ANCYl is revolting !!

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:08pm on 25 August 2011
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The Western Cape should hurry up and secede before it gets destroyed with the rest of polarised SA..

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Sipho Jambo, wrote

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02:41pm on 25 August 2011
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The ANC do not have the guts, JZ is a puppet.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:40pm on 25 August 2011
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@ Akhona - Thank you so much, people like you show that there may be some hope for this country after all. Maybe once the old corrupt and dishonest leaders are dead and buried we could have someone we deserve in power who thinks like you! This country has been through so much darkness and the fight we have ALL had, black, white, brown all have had harships in this land and we deserve a president who sees past coulour and puts this incredible nation first. Our current leaders are leading us into a dark pit of hatered and corruption, we can only pray that the next generation will have the sense and the heart to rebuild our nation.

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Nthabiseng, wrote

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02:30pm on 25 August 2011
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The war is on. Now they can go hammer and tongs for one another. Who knows, maybe at the end, we will end up with new leadership both at a Senior level and at a Youth league level. Now that will be something. Which dog is going to have the biggest bite or the loudest bark. We wait with bated breath.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:24pm on 25 August 2011
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quick, get the popcorn and coke!

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:21pm on 25 August 2011
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ANC to afraid of JUJU, He has all the dirt on them. What a joke HAHAHAHAHA

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nhlanhla, wrote

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02:08pm on 25 August 2011
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Two crocodiles were sitting at the side of the swamp near the lake sipping some swamp juice. The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, 'I can't understand how you can be so much bigger than me. We're the same age, we were the same size as kids. I just don't get it.' 'Well,' said the big Croc, 'what have you been eating?' 'Politicians, same as you,' replied the small Croc. 'Hmm. Well, where do you catch them?' 'Down the other side of the swamp near the ANC parking lot by the Union Buildings.' 'Same here. Hmm. How do you catch them?' 'Well, I crawl up under their BMW cars and wait for one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab them by the leg, and shake the s*** out of them then eat 'em!' 'Ah!' says the big Crocodile, 'I think I see your problem. You're not getting any real nourishment. See, by the time you finish shaking the s*** out of an ANC politician, there's nothing left but an a**hole and a briefcase.”

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Policat, wrote

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01:59pm on 25 August 2011
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Bruce “There is no honour among thieves. Soon they will tear each other apart and the world will be shocked to hear the truth at last!” Valid point. The problem is that self-preservation supersedes all other considerations here especially that of the country and they will willingly tear that apart in the process as well.

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Mike, wrote

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01:56pm on 25 August 2011
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Zuma said "theres a leader in Malema" eish did he swollow one?

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Joel, wrote

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01:45pm on 25 August 2011
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@Akhona, you are really missing the point here. Julius Malema and ANC Youth League leaders have not been charged with corruption. It is clear that this is a politically motivated enterprise to destabilise and disorganise the Youth League in the run-up to Mangaung. If this is about corruption let's have a transparent Commission of Inquiry to investigate corruption including the billions around the arms deal, instead of wasting time focussing on a penny here and a penny there. The ANC should also decide whether it is proper for the families of National Officials to be involved in billions of rands worth of deals when there are millions of unemployed and poor people living in an abject poverty. That to me is clear evidence of some people being in politics for the wrong reasons. The ANC Youth League is right to have this campaign about economic freedom in our lifetime. That to me is being in politics for the right reasons. No reasonable and sensible person should have a problem with that.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:44pm on 25 August 2011
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and this is news? Everything is war where the ANCYL is concerned. Nothing is democratic.

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DUH, wrote

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01:39pm on 25 August 2011
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oh oh oh... really really really. what a freaking 3 ring cirus....

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Peter, wrote

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01:37pm on 25 August 2011
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Sure there's a leader in Malema. But then Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot and Ceausescu were also leaders ...

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Akhona, wrote

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01:18pm on 25 August 2011
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This is so absurd and I am very much disappointed by these leaders who are are promoting crime and support the leaders who are involved in such things. Why don't they wait for verdict If Malema claims that he's not guilty.I am also a youth but I don't support such corruption.We all have poor backgrounds but didn't choose to go politics because of wrong reasons of doing corruption. Some are us are leaders and we educated enough to represent the country.This simply proves that the ANCYL executive is full of uneducated people who can't think and decide. South African politics are full are becoming weak. Let the justice play it's role.

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Eish, wrote

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01:15pm on 25 August 2011
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If this was a "Soap Opera" - it would be highly amusing.....

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:06pm on 25 August 2011
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Get smaller boots Julius, you're getting too big for yours!

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