“The gloves are off,” a defiant Julius Malema declared after the announcement of his suspension from the ANC on Thursday, before calling for the removal from power next year of President Jacob Zuma’s ANC leadership.
Wearing a black T-shirt bearing the image of slain freedom fighter Chris Hani, Malema made the call while addressing supporters in Polokwane.
The deposed youth league president had just walked out of an exam room at Unisa’s Polokwane campus. To avoid a throng of journalists, Malema was made to write alone in a separate administration block.
Although he already knew that the ANC had suspended his membership for five years, Malema said he had no details of the ruling.
But he said “we are not shaken” by the suspension.
“What I like about these people who suspended us is that they are brave, they are not scared and they fight for what they believe in.
“And we must also fight for what we believe in. We must never apologise, the gloves are off, let us confront them because their intention is very clear, they want to destroy the ANC Youth League,” Malema declared.
The ANC needed a new leadership, he said. “We are determined, we will be liberated by Mangaung next year. The real leaders of the ANC must now stand up and defend the ANC,” said Malema.
“We must be united, the enemy will smile for this few minutes’ victory, ours is a victory that will last forever,” said Malema to a cheering crowd of over 300 people.
Malema maintained that the autonomy of the youth league should be defended.
“That right of the youth league to raise radical and militant issues must be defended, this is the legacy of Nelson Mandela… we must protect it,” said Malema.
He emphasised that the suspension was not a worry for him and he was not having sleepless nights.
“I have made my contribution in this country, my name will be written in the history books whether you like it or not,” said Malema.
Traffic was brought to a halt when Malema supporters blockaded the city’s Landros Mare Street in support of their troubled leader.
Malema vowed to appeal his suspension through ANC internal structures. He said the league’s national executive committee would meet tomorrow to deliberate on the ANC’s decision.
In the meantime, Malema urged his supporters to continue fighting as he battles to remain active in the party. Malema said the ANC remained his home.
“And when you throw us from the ANC, you are throwing us out of our home and that cannot be left unchallenged,” he said.
He would hold on to his ANC membership card and his standing as the leader of the young lions until the internal appeal process had been finalised.
However, Malema could very well be out in the political wilderness before the end of the year as the ANC is expected to push to have the matter finalised before it embarks on its centenary celebrations in January. One senior ANC member said on Thursday: “Cometh the man, cometh the hour; no one is bigger than the ANC.”
This summed up the sentiment of like-minded leaders in the ANC, that Malema and his fellow youth leaders were a law unto themselves and had become a thorn in the flesh of the party by publicly questioning its economic and international relations policies.
But analysts said the fight for Malema’s political life was far from over. Zuma’s detractors might well use Malema’s misfortunes as a stick to beat Zuma and his leadership with.
The chairman of the ANC’s national disciplinary committee, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom, on Thursday dismissed suggestions that the case had been politically motivated.
The ANC was merely responding to a call by delegates at its national general council in September last year that the importance of discipline be reinstated and that ANC members and leaders should be reminded of the oath they took when joining the movement, Hanekom said.
The league’s campaign to replace ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe with former league leader, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, had taken a knock with the sanctions against Malema and company, said political analyst Adam Habib.
The outcome of the hearings, particularly the findings against Malema, was likely to deepen divisions within the ANC, he said.The decision would also have an impact on Zuma’s standing in the party, with leaguers already warning neither he nor Mantashe should view themselves as victorious.
However, all indications suggested that Zuma would hold on to the top job after December next year. The real battle, said Habib, would be for the other top five positions – all open for contestation.
It will now be up to the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals, chaired by ANC NEC member Cyril Ramaphosa and including Minister in the Presidency for Planning Trevor Manuel, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, national executive committee member Jessie Duarte and former public enterprises minister Brigitte Mabandla, to pronounce on his political future.
If the appeals committee upholds the disciplinary committee’s ruling Malema’s suspension takes immediate effect and he will be out of the political action leading up to Mangaung.
The appeals committee will want to put the matter to bed before year-end. Next year is an important year for the ANC – which celebrates it centenary and leaders will not want Malema’s struggles to take centre stage.
If the appeals committee upholds the sanctions against Malema and company the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) can at its own discretion institute a review of the decision.
Malema and his lieutenants cannot approach the NEC to review their cases. It will depend on another NEC member to petition the powerful 90-strong committee to review the decision by the NDC and the appeals committee. This would be the truest test of Malema’s support in the ANC and Zuma’s standing.
- Political Bureau
FIG TREE IS SIR TIN !!, wrote
One understands that the doors of learning should be open to all, but since when has that venerable [no, not venereal ] and august citadel of learning, UNISA, offered Woodwork as an option for academic endeavour ?
Typical reaction from the likes of Malema....not surprised at all cant ever accept responsibility for his very disrespectful and arrogant actions... this guy all he wants is to create a war of sorts with S.A. because he is so jealous of what Mandela achieved so he is hell bent on trying to bring civil war to our country and instill more and more racial hatred amongst the people of S.A. what this idiot forgets is that many of us just want to live in peace with one another but oh no this arrogant little upstart who apparently thinks he is worthy of been written into history what a joke if he ever does get into the history books it will be as a tyrant and as the person who really did destroy South Africa in the end if he is ever allowed to go that far, what kind of achievement is would this be....nothing but disgusting and utterly shameful. But...instead of trying to become a unifier and a peacemaker and work towards reconciliation between all South Africans which would be a worthy cause, oh no he just wants to kill and destroy....Youth Of South Africa wake up to the reality of who this arrogant upstart really is....he does not care about you he only cares about his own ego and about obtaining power and wealth for himself nothing more and nothing less....he also most certainly does not care about whether you have a job or not however if you want S.A. to go the same way as most other African countries then carry on with your stupidity but don't come crying when things become so bad that you don't even have anything to eat or anywhere to sleep or that you have to watch your back the whole time because hey your dear friend Malema may just want you dead!!! However there is still some hope for a brand new start as it was most encouraging to finally be pleasantly surprised for once to see that the ANC actually did take a tougher stance and gave him a five year suspension so much better than a stupid one year suspension at least 5 years has more teeth in it....please let us not hear another thing about this arrogant upstart who only wants to destroy and destabilize our country.... We have all had enough of him...hopefully the Hawks will now be able to do there job properly and sink this ugly man completely into utter oblivion where he belongs.
Chapter one is over Chapter 2 is the Hawks
go for it you idiot! hang yourself completely.
What I really want to know is....how did his standard 6 exam go?? Did he pass bwhahahaha
Dont you need to pass school to get into UNISA, I had to...?
So sick and tired of seeing this guys face on this site. Why don't we rather focus on the positive things and this Country might be better off. All this negativity is rubbing off on an already rotting society.
Mr Malema should know by now that making knee jerk remaks can only lead to trouble. His response to the decision in calling the ANC hierachy "The Enemy" is also going to get him into a lot more trouble now and he seems intent on digging his own political grave. Watch The Hawks and others now go for the throat now. Poor Julius - a perfect example of the arrogance of ignorance.
"walked out of an exam room at Unisa’s Polokwane campus." "has no high school qualifications" How did he get there
Malema, you are such a bad influence to our youth and kids,Tata never spoke to people like that he made sense when he talked that is why people of this country voted for him and still loves him! and he never used any of the vulgar words that you are using when you addressing the crowd. I say your mind need a rest maybe when you come back if possible as the leader you`ll be more matured than now
Zuma should follow, who should lead next I dont know, as long as Zuma and Malema are out........the two are the worst leaders i ever saw.....Just hope who ever come next is better.
What is Hellen Zille going to say to media from now. I will miss you Malema.
what you writing fatboy? - your grade 8 exams!!
when you have the enemy down cut his head off otherwise yours will be cut sooner or later on. This was a very intelligent detailed verdict. We all know where everybody stands. ANC well done
Get Real, wrote
If Juju isn't having sleepless nights than why was he in the hospital a couple of weeks ago with stress related illness? Wait until the Hawks indict him for fraud and corruption, then we'll watch him crack like an egg about to be fried!Keep up the brave facade Juju, we all know deep inside you are coward through-and-through.
TO MY FELLOW SOUTH AFRICANS,WE STILLL NEED LEADERS LIKE MALEMA ESPECIALLY IN OUR YOUTH LEAGUE NOTHING WRONG ABOUT THIS POOR GUY SPADE IS A SPADE HE LIKES TRUTH BUT NOTHING VIVA MALEMA VIVA.
their friendship with zuma did nt last its shame bcos it was base on devil
The media needs to start ignoring him. That is where his power lies.
What exam was he writing