Julius Malema’s allies shun new party

2013-06-19 10:35

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is unfazed by not getting support from his former allies in the league in his new political formation.

“That’s to be expected, we wish them well,” Malema responded in a text message to Sapa today.

Earlier, the Sowetan newspaper reported that Malema’s former allies did not want to be associated with his new political formation.

Ayanda Matiti, chairman of the ANCYL in the Eastern Cape, told the Sowetan that Malema’s move amounted to political prostitution.

“Economic freedom is not a progeny or an entitlement to any other person, but a resolution of a congress which Malema presided over when he was still president (of the ANCYL),” Matiti was quoted by the Sowetan.

He said extracting the resolution and defining it outside the framework of the ANCYL was “tantamount to prostitution”.

Malema’s best friend from his home province of Limpopo, Jossey Buthane, could not directly say whether he supported the expelled ANCYL leader in his intention to form a political party, the Sowetan reported.

“Julius Malema is my friend-cum-brother, and I am a member of the ANC,” Buthane told the newspaper.

» This article was updated after first published.

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