I did not support Malema – Sexwale

2011-11-25 07:03

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale says he did not appear before the ANC’s disciplinary committee to support youth league leader Julius Malema, but to defend the principles that underpin the party’s constitution, the Cape Times newspaper reported today.

Sexwale told the Foreign Correspondents Association in Johannesburg that headlines claiming that “Tokyo supports Malema” were misleading.

“People have been saying, ‘Tokyo, you have destroyed all your chances of becoming president’,” he said, referring to his testimony to the ANC’s disciplinary committee.

“I didn’t know so many people expect me to be president... Perhaps I look like presidential material.”

He did not need to be president to serve the people. He could do so in any position,” Sexwale said.

While refusing to give details of his evidence before the disciplinary committee, he said he strongly believed the ANC constitution had not been properly observed in the manner the disciplinary charges were brought against the ANC Youth League leaders.

All he wanted to see was even-handedness in the ANC’s disciplinary processes.

Asked whether he would stand against President Jacob Zuma or any other candidate if nominated, Sexwale said he would give careful thought and consideration to any such nomination and the motives for it.

“Things fall apart when principles flounder,” he said.

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