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Bloemfontein - African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema on Thursday night accused the ANC leadership of double standards and not keeping to the party’s history.
“The discipline of the ANC must not have eyes... It must be consistent,” Malema told a huge crowd at a lecture in Rocklands, Mangaung.
Referring to the two ANC MPs who failed to vote on the Protection of State Information Bill in Parliament this week, Malema said these people had disobeyed the ANC.
They also openly talked about why they had defied the party.
“The discipline of the ANC must apply to everybody. Let's see what happens,” Malema said.
Pointing to Youth League leaders, Malema said they had been suspended for talking politics and for holding a different view.
He said on the other side the party had people “who lied to the state president, stole government money and went to visit girlfriends in prisons”.
“They do not get DC (disciplinary hearings), they do not get suspended, they remain in Parliament.”
Earlier, Malema told the crowd there had never been an ANC Youth League leader who had been prosecuted in public.
He referred to Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu who gave the early ANC leadership trouble on how things had to be done.
“OR Tambo, the deputy president, explained inside the party that the youth works like this. He never agreed with them and he never suspended them.”
Malema told the crowd that “we are going to be suspended” but that he did not care.
“We are ready for anything.”
Malema and five other ANCYL leaders were found guilty and sanctioned by the ANC's national disciplinary committee (NDC) two weeks ago.
Malema was given a five-year suspension and was told to vacate his position as president. The deadline to appeal ends at midnight on Thursday.
If the leaders do not appeal, they remain suspended. On Thursday night, Malema submitted he stood by everything said and done that led to the disciplinary hearing.
Even if he gets suspended and sent to “a little corner in the boendoes”, he would tell the other cattle herders that the ANCYL was correct in its opinion.
Malema urged other youth leaders not to show fear.
“If you get a call after this meeting, you will be a changed man.”
He also called for radical change in the ANC during the party’s centenary celebrations in January 2012. - Sapa
The problem the ANC has is that Malema is right on several of these points. Some ANC members get away with murder. The ANC is right to suspend Malema, but the same should apply to a great many others as well.
To compare his lot with Walter Susulu and Nelson Mandela is an insult. This Rebel Rousers are undisciplined spoiled brats, only stamping their feet and shouting senseless slogans.
Man? Malema is a boy. He behaves like a boy. His utterances are boyish and childlike. And a very confused boy at that.
Darth Vader, wrote
Did juju pass his exam???...
Malema'is nothing but troble to all SA youth. Let him stay suspend for that 5years. he do lead by example but by his empty mind. He don't even respect the elders. He act like a king. Malema you are nothing.
media jihad, wrote
Give it up already Juju. no one likes you.
This man behaves like the he is the king of the ANC.
Goodman cele, wrote
President zuma put it right when he refered to the ancyl as the incubator of anc politicians. Malema was still at an incubation stage
The difference is that Nelson Mandela and co were not brought to book by the ANC, as the ANC was in agreement with what they were doing, they were charged for breaking the laws that were in place in the country at the time of their conviction. Therein lies the hole in his defense. Crawl back into your box you utter embarrassment to the country. You are not even worthy of standing in Nelson Mandela's shadow.
Lily Black, wrote
Malema is just a junior political warlord, now being outgunned by some senior political warlords. They are all hopping around on one leg as if they seek relieve from constipation, but don't be fooled, they are lethal when it comes to pushing for oppertunities to grab tax money. This is vicious, messy and ruthless. Meanwhile the poor can just watch this greedy mayhem.
I wonder if the ANC will now try and use the Protection of State Information Bill to stop Malema commenting about them like this. Suspended or not (just like the rest of us should also have) he should still hava a right to comment on the ANC and shout foul!!!
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