Malema a ‘shopsteward without members’ – Mabe

2012-09-17 07:03

Campaigning for the ANC’s leadership positions ahead of its Mangaung elective conference got into full gear in Mankweng outside Polokwane despite the ANC having barred members from doing so.

Promoting a second term for president Jacob Zuma, ANC Youth League treasurer-general Pule Mabe discredited Julius Malema as a “shopsteward without members or constituency”.

Malema, who was earlier this year axed by the ANC, is a harsh critic of Zuma and wants to see him replaced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Addressing young people yesterday afternoon at the Oscar Mpetha Stadium at the University of Limpopo, Mabe told the crowd of about 3 000 that they should defend the Youth League against people such as Malema.

The rally, which was part of the league’s 68th anniversary quickly turned into a campaign for a second term for President Jacob Zuma, with speaker after speaker condemning Malema.

Said Mabe, who has jumped onto the Zuma slate, after a botched attempt by the league to axe him two months ago: “Shopstewards have a membership and a constituency. But if there are no people you become a shopsteward of the concerned and the unorganised, going everywhere where there are problems. You visit soldiers, teachers etc.”

He was referring to Malema, who addressed soldiers in Johannesburg last week. Malema also visited several mines over the past two weeks, urging them to strike and demand better salaries.

Young Communist League secretary Buti Manamela also fired a broadside at Malema, saying his life was worthless, even though he continued to breathe.

“We want to say to those whose lives are worthless, even as they continue breathing, that the anarchy you want to plant in this country will never happen. They think that just because they have money they can buy each and every branch of the ANC.”

Malema, he said, will be watching the ANC’s conference in Mangaung with “binoculars”. Manamela said a second term for Zuma was almost a foregone conclusion.

He also laid into into the ANC leadership in Limpopo, criticising the party for blaming the Marikana tragedy on Zuma and the national leadership of the ANC.

Teenage Monama, the SACP chairperson in Limpopo, said Zuma should get a second term as he was the only ANC president who took the tripartite alliance seriously.

“If we don’t elect Zuma we will be committing suicide. Zuma did a great job as we all know that the National Democratic Revolution wouldn’t have happened without the alliance.”

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