I will lead the ANC – Malema

2012-05-14 11:57

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has vowed that he will return to lead the ANC one day. “I am going to lead the ANC,” a fired-up Malema said.

“I was already leading it in Limpopo before I was expelled. I will be a leader of the ANC no matter what time it takes.”

Addressing journalists at a press conference organised by the National Press Club in Johannesburg this morning – his first since being expelled – Malema said the sound clip should be kept in media archives to be replayed one day.

Asked to clarify whether he meant he would be ANC president, he said he could not pronounce on that, but the members would.

Malema also denied receiving any money from Human Settlements Minister and ANC national executive committee member Tokyo Sexwale.

City Press reported yesterday that an investigation into Malema and his allies had found proof of a payment from Mvelaphanda Holdings to Malema’s family trust.

“I am not for sale,” Malema said, adding he would not push someone’s cause within the party in exchange for money. “Just imagine a man like me, who knows money, is bought for R100 000.

Only if you are talking about R100 million, maybe,” he said, but later added he couldn’t be bought for any money.

He also said he would take money “from a comrade, but not from a coward”, and he wouldn’t accept any “blood money” acquired fraudulently or through corruption.

Malema admitted that he got a call from Sexwale following reports that he was bankrupt.

“Tokyo called and said ‘my phone is still open. You are no longer a member of the ANC and many people won’t take your calls, but if you need my help, you can call me.’”

Malema said when he moved to Johannesburg his comrades helped him find a house and they were still helping him when he needs money without expecting anything in return. Malema called this “comradeship” and said he would give to others by the same token.

Malema, wearing his trademark youth league beret and a white Madiba shirt with the ANC logo, was flanked this morning by league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who introduced Malema as ANC Youth League president, and suspended secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, who didn’t say a word.

Malema said the ANC couldn’t unseat him as league president if the league would not let him go.

He said he trusted the ANC structures would bring him back.

League deputy-president Ronald Lamola and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi met with ANC officials yesterday where they tried to find a “political solution” to the removal of the league leaders.

Sources with knowledge of the meeting have, however, indicated that the league had failed to convince the ANC’s leadership.

The league is also hoping to petition the ANC’s national executive committee at its meeting this weekend.

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