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ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, who played a critical role in Thabo Mbeki’s political demise, has urged the former president to become more involved and vocal in domestic politics.
Malema now plans to ask Mbeki to reconsider an earlier decision to retire from domestic politics.
After being recalled as president by the ANC’s post-Polokwane leadership, Mbeki all but disappeared from the local scene, focusing his energy on peace-building and mediation efforts elsewhere on the continent.
It was reported on Tuesday that in an interview on SAfm Malema had said Mbeki’s silence on domestic policy was “depriving us of that intellectual wealth”.
“I wish Mbeki would reconsider his decision not to participate,” the City Press website quoted Malema as saying.
ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu later told Independent Newspapers the young lions had for some time been “discussing internally” the need for Mbeki to become more active in South African politics.
Shivambu said: “(We) have not yet made a formal request (to Mbeki).”
He said Malema’s comment had not been intended to suggest there was an intellectual vacuum, but had rather been a call on all South Africans, including Mbeki, to contribute ideas for implementation, to better the country. “There must never be anybody that must be silent,” he said.
Because of Mbeki’s political experience at the helm of the party and the state he should contribute to “reinforcing what the ANC is doing”, said Shivambu.
At the ANC’s January 8 event at the Free State stadium on Sunday, Mbeki received a rapturous welcome from the tens of thousands of ANC supporters packing the venue.
Mbeki, who along with ANC veteran Ahmed Kathrada handed the centenary flame to President Jacob Zuma, was in good spirits.
He smiled and laughed as he made his way to the stage where the ANC leaders were seated. The crowd cheered enthusiastically when Mbeki was introduced, and when Zuma mentioned his name during the January 8 address, there was a buzz of excitement.
Mbeki and Malema were later spotted sharing a joke, with the youth leader packing up laughing.
Malema said on Tuesday the crowd’s reaction to Mbeki was testament to the support he still enjoyed among the ANC masses.
“They are happy to see him; they have forgiven him and they embrace him.”
Although Malema was one of Mbeki’s most vocal opponents in the run-up to the ANC’s watershed Polokwane conference, he has since changed his tune.
Last year he hailed Mbeki as the “best” president the ANC had produced.
In what was perceived to be a swipe at Zuma, Malema said Mbeki was the most educated and clever ANC leader. He also said the “African agenda” within the ANC had ended since Mbeki’s departure.
Two months later, Malema and the entire leadership of the youth league were slapped with disciplinary charges by the ruling party, including over the comments about Mbeki.
In November the ANC’s national disciplinary committee found Malema guilty of sowing divisions within the party and bringing it into disrepute. The committee found his comparisons between the leadership of Mbeki and Zuma to be an attack on Zuma.
Malema’s appeal, along with that of Shivambu, who faces a three-year suspension, and the other four ANCYL leaders, who face suspended sentences, is set to be heard in due course.
Malema said he and the other youth leaders would file their heads of argument in their appeal to the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals on Monday. - Political Bureau
the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Mbeki will be tainted if he comes back for malema
When Malema says something, it is either to hurt or ridicule. He never says anything to build up peoples self esteem or the country. He is a racial bigot as well. God help us all if he is allowed to continue. I hope he loses his appeal big time! We are in this position today because of his big mouth , wanting to "kill" for Zuma!
Zubair Haffajee, wrote
I don't think Malema fully understands his comments. His is trying to fulfill his own personal agenda. He backed Zuma against Mbeki when it suited him. Now that Zuma is no longer 100% behind Malema, he slowly moves back to Mbeki's side. Saying Mbeki was the "best president the ANC ever produced" is somewhat short sighted when you consider the storied history of the Party's leadership which includes great leaders such as Mandela, John Dube, Chief Albert Lutuli and OR Tambo, to name a few. Once again we need to take Malema's comments with a pinch of salt
Well done JuJu please continue to take us backwards,and maybe you might just bring back apartheid.
In polotics there are no permanent friends or permanent enemies
i'm a DA supporter but if if MBEKI were to come back i swear to god i would vote for him!ANYTHING to get that damn frog ZUMA out >:(
Samuel Sefako Motloutsi, wrote
Malema Is So Right
So much for I will kill for Zuma!!!
Zuma must go...
It is drastic how malema want his ways done even though it is not a done deal yet but we all know he wants mbeki back so that he can get his own leadership status back on the road but we shall wait and see what the juju can produce
Finally, common sense is prevailing...
Zuma must go......
Robert Madiagane, wrote
Zuma goes to New York on Tuesday to do what.He cnt even stay in his country he is wasting our tax money.i must paying tax whats the use just waste.
I also think Mbeki was the best... It was sad to see him being recalled, but, its a good thing that the "FRIENDS OF ZUMA", who were highly vocal about him being recalled now see the mistake they did, even if they will not come out in public and say it.
Julius wanting Thabo back is like him crying for mommy after daddy said no. Grow the heck up Juliaaaaaas!
@Robert madiagane, are you serious??? I wonder if anyone you know takes you serously when firstly: your comments are based on absolutely rubbish and secondly:you can't even spell properly. I guess you and Juju have something in common:totally senseless!!
Robert Madiagane, wrote
Malema is a good leader,because the media control our country by lies about Malema.Every thing he says that is good for the country you see it the different way because is from Malema s mouth.That is why the stadium was half empty because people were waiting for their president Malema to speak,they would have came back full the stadium again.Malema is a speaker of the poor like or dislike.Viva Malema for president viva.
I think malema did the right thing by urging former president thabo mbeki to be mo active in south african politics because some of us still admir mbeko...
If Mbeki comes back and disciplinary action and corruption chargest against fat boy Malema are still not dropped, will fat boy still support Mbeki?