Embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will seek redress in the courts if he is expelled from the party, he said yesterday.
Malema remains ANCYL president pending his appeal against the ANC national disciplinary committee’s decision to expel him.
Until now he has rejected the idea of taking legal action against the ANC.
“I said I would not go to court, but now I have decided to do so. I need no mandate and act as an individual whose rights have been violated,” he said.
This would not contradict the principles of the ANC, as he would no longer be an ANC member.
Malema was speaking at an ANCYL centenary rally at the Nkowankowa Stadium outside Tzaneen in Limpopo.
He called on the crowd not to abandon the ANC, calling it the only hope for the country’s poor.
He reminded the crowd that while individuals would come and go, the ANC would continue.
“I will never be welcomed in the ANC. I have been fired in the ANC. But I have no problem with that.”
He did not regret anything he had done, Malema added.
“I did what I believed in and I did it on my own. I was not told by anyone to do anything.
“I have not been chased from heaven, but from the ANC by a faction that can only do so as they currently have power.”
The ANCYL was being victimised by its own leaders, he said.
“They are trying to punish anyone associated with the ANCYL as if we are an illegal association.”
He would not accept being victimised by anyone, he insisted.
Those who were supposed to support and protect the ANCYL were now scared to do so, Malema added.
“There is no longer a youth league of the ANC… They have succeeded in killing us.”
Also speaking at the rally, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said:
“The ANC has no use for a passive youth league. We need our youth league to be militant, creative and determined…
“It is the ANC’s duty to show and lead the ANCYL if it strays from the path. We must guide them all the time.” – Sapa