Limpopo not a Julius Malema stronghold – ANCYL

2013-09-13 12:11

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Limpopo has dismissed suggestions that parts of Seshego township where President Jacob Zuma is set to address a rally at the weekend are no-go areas because they’re perceived as Julius Malema’s strongholds.

In what has been widely seen as a counter to efforts by Malema’s newly-formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to harvest support in his back yard, the youth league’s national leadership chose Seshego as host for its 69th anniversary commemoration on Sunday.

It’s been reported that the EFF has been warmly welcomed in Seshego – particularly in Zone 1, the former ANCYL president’s neighbourhood.

But other media reports have suggested that the township is starkly divided between those who remain loyal to the ANC and those who follow Malema.

The youth league’s Provincial Task Team coordinator Musa Chabane said he was not aware of any strongholds for ANC oppositions in Seshego.

“We want to reassure our structures, members and supporters that the 69th anniversary (ANCYL) rally to be staged at Seshego Stadium this Sunday will be a phenomenal success. We have mobilised street by street, village by village in ensuring that the anniversary becomes the one to be remembered,” Chabane said.

Malema is the only former league leader not to be invited since he was expelled from the ANC.

There were unconfirmed reports that EFF had planned an event in Seshego also on Sunday. The party’s spokesperson Mbuseni Ndlosi could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Limpopo’s ANCYL has pledged its support to the mother party in the coming national elections.

In what seemed like a response to Malema’s statement that EFF was contesting the elections with an eye to taking over the province, Chabane said – without mentioning names – that “those who go around claiming that they will win elections next year using (Limpopo) as their ticket better think again”. “Ours has never been a province of opportunists, careerists, propagandists and political demagogues,” he said.

Tomorrow, Malema and other EFF leaders are expected to address a rally in the troubled Malamulele township near Giyani.

Malamulele was last week the scene of violent protests which left about R40 million of damaged property in their wake.

Residents are demanding their own municipality, saying service delivery will be greatly improved if they are unbundled from the Thulamela local municipality.

- City Press

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