ANCYL goes on offensive over Lembede claims

2010-05-03 11:24

THE ANC Youth League busied itself with reaction to reports over

its ailing financial arm Lembede today, with no word on its leader Julius

Malema’s expected disciplinary hearing.

City Press reported yesterday that ANCYL leaders are using their

political connections with senior government officials and the heads of

state-owned enterprises to enrich themselves.

The ANCYL reacted to the reports by focusing on branding various

journalists liars and shenaniganists and threatening the career of the wife of a

City Press reporter.

Malema announced last August that Lembede would be shut down amid

reports that millions of rands were unaccounted for.

City Press reported yesterday that a resolution taken in February

of that year - that certain directors get up to 30 percent cuts on deals Lembede

enters into - was not rescinded.

The report continued that they were getting tenders from government

departments, a municipality and state-owned enterprises.

The ANCYL responded today that reporter Dumisani Lubisi had

stolen and misread minutes and documents from his wife.

The league said it had “courteously” appointed her to the Lembede

board and that Lembede was not in any business dealings. A report on the

unbundling of Lembede was still awaited.

“Dumisani Lubisi does not realise that stealing confidential

information from his wife will compromise her future career and professional

engagements, because those who would want to work with her will be reminded of a

lousy journalist husband who steals information and presents it as valid

information and investigative journalism to lousy newspapers,” the ANCYL

said.

One of the people mentioned in the article, Ali Boshielo, was also

not on the league’s national executive committee, as reported, the ANCYL

said.

It also accused award-winning City Press journalist Moffet Mofokeng

of being a “liar” over an article he wrote about appointees to the National

Planning Commission.

The league called City Press “counter-revolutionaries” with “very

low levels of ethics and professionalism“.

In another statement, the ANCYL distanced Malema from reports that

he was campaigning for candidates for the ANC and ANC Youth League provincial

congresses.

The league would not do this, as its members had a right to choose

who they wanted to support.

At a press conference last week, the ANCYL Gauteng said it would

support Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane as provincial chair over Paul

Mashatile.

Earlier today, ANC spokesperson Brian Sokutu said the Malema

disciplinary issue was an internal matter and would not be discussed.

However, he said: “The chairman of (the) disciplinary committee

Derek Hanekom has already gone on record, in terms of having given the

date.”

This was reported as May 3.

The ANCYL previously said it knew nothing about the disciplinary

hearing.

The Equality Court in Johannesburg was expected to hear a hate

speech complaint against Malema, lodged by Afriforum Youth, for singing “shoot

the boer“, today, but this has been rescheduled to May 20 due to the

availability of lawyers.

The High Court in Pretoria earlier granted an interdict preventing

Malema from singing the lyrics, pending the start of the Equality Court

hearing.

In the past few months Malema has had a BBC reporter ejected from a

press conference, calling him a “bastard” and a “blood agent“; has expressed

support for Zimbabwe’s Zanu-FP while President Jacob Zuma attempts to finalise a

political settlement between them and Movement for Democratic Change formations;

and has complained about being publicly rebuked by Zuma.

City Press news editor Japhet Ncube responded saying , ‘‘We stand

by our story. The ANCYL is not disputing our story instead what they are doing

is questioning where we got our documents,’’.

- Staff Reporter and

Sapa.


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