Take us seriously or else, says Malema

newspic4b66f467d9cb8 AFP Vocal: ANCYL president Julius Malema has warned ANC leaders that they could lose the league's support if they defy its policy positions. Photo: Cara Viereckl, The Star

The ANC Youth League warned ANC leaders on Monday not to defy the league's policy positions.

"Anybody who has taken a posture and has defined himself as against the ANC Youth League... such an individual runs the risk of losing the support of the youth league," its president, Julius Malema, said in Johannesburg.

This should not be seen as blackmail, he said after a meeting of the league's national executive committee at the weekend.

"This time around, we are not going to vote for those who are against Mbeki. This time around there is no Mbeki. The criteria now is (whether) we are we sharing the same perspectives," Malema said.

"It's not about personalities, it's about principles... We mean business. We are going to reduce everything else to paper."

In the run-up to the ANC's policy and elective conferences in 2012, the league will be trying to get the backing of the party's alliance partners for the nationalisation of mines and the establishment of a state mining company to control the country's mineral resources.

The league wants the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act amended to compel mining corporations to partner the state to get mining licences.

Malema said the league would also be urging its members to enlist in the South African National Defence Force, with plans for the league's leadership to soon join the force's reservist programme. - Sapa



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