ANC seeks ‘urgent meeting’ with Youth League

2010-04-09 12:11

The ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) expression of support for Zanu-PF undermines

South Africa’s mediation efforts in Zimbabwe, the ANC said today.

The party is seeking an “urgent meeting” with its youth movement to

discuss the matter.

ANC spokesperson, Jackson Mthembu said: “The ANC would also like to

strongly disagree and distance itself from utterances by the ANCYL at their

press conference yesterday that they will support President Robert Mugabe and

his Zanu-PF to win the forthcoming general elections in Zimbabwe.

“The ANC together with its government would like to see all

political parties in Zimbabwe (the two MDC’s and Zanu-PF) implementing the

spirit and the letter of the global political agreement.

“It is therefore our view that the ANCYL’s expression of support

for one party in Zimbabwe goes against our country and President [Jacob] Zuma’s

mediation efforts in that country.”

Youth league leader Julius Malema yesterday held a media briefing

after his visit to Zimbabwe - where he met Mugabe, Zimbabwe reserve bank

governor Gideon Gono, the leadership of Zanu-PF and its youth movement.

Rhetoric

Malema described the visit as successful and hailed Zimbabwe’s

controversial land reform program. He also expressed the ANCYL’s wish to see

Mugabe’s Zanu-PF returned to power after elections in Zimbabwe.

Mthembu said the ANC would arrange a meeting with the ANCYL to

discuss their qualms and that the party would raise the matter of singing

struggle songs and Malema’s comments on slain AWB leader Eugene

Terre’Blanche.

“In this envisaged urgent meeting, the ANC will also sharply raise

with the ANCYL their utterances in matters relating to the death of Mr Eugene

Terre’Blanche.”

During the briefing, Malema dismissed claims that Terre’Blanche’s

death was linked to his singing the song with the words “shoot the boer”.

Malema said: “Its not about the song... they [the murder accused]

wanted what rightfully belongs to them - salary. This man [Terre’Blanche] has

been a distaste to the people he lived with, including the animals... the horse

itself would not tolerate him.”

He said he understood the pain Terre’Blanche’s family was

experiencing and that they were looking for a “scapegoat”.

Mthembu took issue with Malema’s treatment of a journalist during

the briefing and also lashed out at AWB secretary general Andre Visagie who

allegedly threatened a political commentator at the e-News broadcasting

studios.

“This action by Mr Visagie equally does not augur well for the

freedom of expression, as enshrined in our Constitution. What is even more

glaring on this matter is that Mr Visagie threatened a woman political

commentator with the intention to harm during a live TV broadcast.”

The political commentator, Lebohang Pheko, reportedly intends to

file charges of intimidation with the police. Visagie became agitated when Pheko

confronted him with the abuse of farm workers, reports said.


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