Malema may be back one day - analyst

Johannesburg - The political future of expelled African National Congress Youth League chief Julius Malema is tied to the ANC faction that holds power, a University of the Witwatersrand political analyst said on Tuesday.

Malema could be back, depending who in the ANC held power, Professor Susan Booysen said in reaction to the ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals' decision to dismiss Malema's appeal against his expulsion

(File image) Julius Malema. Photo: Phill Magakoe. Credit: Independent Newspapers

“He is 40 years younger than the current ANC leadership. If he doesn't burn himself out, there is a good chance he will have a political future,” she said.

Booysen said she was working in the Eastern Cape at the moment and that it was becoming increasingly clear from her interviews there that there were “many different ANCs”.

What this meant was that there were party members who were disillusioned with its leaders, but who still considered themselves to be ANC.

“Malema may be a non-member, but he will create his own ANC and have supporters around him.”

He was popular and “called a spade a spade” which went against the party's existing culture, which did not publicly question the leadership or its decisions. - Sapa