Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema addresses his supporters in Polokwane after the rulling party announced his sentence yesterday. Photo: Moloko Moloto
Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema addresses his supporters in Polokwane after the rulling party announced his sentence yesterday. Photo: Moloko Moloto

The gloves are off, says Malema

By Time of article published Nov 11, 2011

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Michelle Pietersen

and Moloko Moloto

Political Bureau

“THE gloves are off,” a defiant Julius Malema declared after the announcement of his suspension from the ANC yesterday, 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 SACP leader Chris Hani, Malema made the call while addressing supporters in Polokwane.

He had just walked out of an exam room on Unisa’s Polokwane campus.

To help him avoid a throng of journalists, Malema was made to write alone in a separate administration block.

Although he knew that the ANC had suspended his membership for five years, Malema said he had no details of the ruling.

He added, however, “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,” Malema said.

“And we must also fight for we 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.”

The ANC needed new leadership, Malema said.

“We are determined, we will be liberated by Mangaung in 2012. The real leaders of the ANC must now stand up and defend the ANC.

“We must be united, the enemy will smile for this few minutes’ victory, ours is a victory that will last for ever,” Malema told a cheering crowd of more than 300 people.

He said 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.”

Malema emphasised that the suspension was less of a worry for him and that 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 as his supporters blockaded Landro Mare Street in Polokwane.

Malema vowed to appeal against his suspension through ANC internal structures.

He said the league’s national executive committee would meet tomorrow to discuss the ANC’s decision.

He urged his supporters to continue fighting as he battled to remain active in the party.

The ANC remained his home, he said.

“And when you throw us from the ANC, you are throwing us out of our home and that cannot be left unchallenged.”

Malema was suspended from the ANC Youth League for five years and has to vacate his position as president of the organisation.

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) found him guilty of provoking serious divisions in the ANC and bringing the organisation into disrepute, committee chairman Derek Hanekom told reporters in Johannesburg yesterday.

The ANCYL’s “arrogant” spokesman Floyd Shivambu was suspended from the league for three years.

The youth league’s secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa was found guilty of making a derogatory statement about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. He was suspended for 18 months suspended for three years.

On a charge of disrupting an ANC meeting on August 8, 2011, Malema, Magaqa, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi- were found guilty.

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