Juju is prepared for life outside ANC, ‘in jail’

2012-02-10 11:24

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema says he is prepared for a life outside the ANC and “possibly in prison”.

In what might turn out to be his swan song at an ANCYL leadership gathering, Malema blamed his woes on his calls for nationalisation and speaking in favour of the continent’s independence from imperial forces.

Malema asked the membership of the ANC to support a leader who will understand the challenges facing the organisation and the country.

He pledged not to take the party to court over his suspension.

“We stand here with a guilty verdict for abiding by Congress decisions and expressing intentions
to do what the National Congress of the ANC Youth League said we should do.

“Our membership of the ANC might be taken away for agreeing to express the views of the 5 331 delegates who participated and approved the resolutions that were unanimously endorsed by Congress,” he said.

“The entire process of the disciplinary proceedings of the ANC was politically motivated and meant to resolve political struggles and battles within the ANC.

Some in the ANC believe that by removing certain leaders of the ANC Youth League, they will successfully suppress and undermine the political and ideological struggles of the ANCYL – particularly on nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation – or will be guaranteed re-election into leadership positions in the ANC,” he said.

Malema asked his supporters not to “dispair” because of his suspension, saying they should mobilise for the struggles ahead.

“We are now preparing for our lives outside the ANC and possibly in prison. Personally this has been a painful period in our lives and our families have been attacked by forces opposed to us ... Victory is certain, we shall overcome,” he said.

When he finished , the delegates sang the struggle ditty, “Senzeni na?” (What have we done wrong?), modifying it to say their only sin was to call for nationalisation.

A few minutes after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe – who is billed to deliver a talk about the historical relations between the ANC and its youth wing – came in, the delegates sang about voting Fikile Mbalula into the position of party secretary-general.

Mantashe’s address will be closed to the media.

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