Malema has a chance in the ANC: Zuma

2011-09-13 07:16

Julius Malema can stay in the ANC, provided that he allows the party to mould him into a good leader, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Zuma said the ANC did not aim to remove the ANC Youth League leader from public space, according to a report in The Star newspaper today.

“No, I don’t think that should be the objective. I think the objective is how do you help Malema? Because Malema has a lot of elements that are good in him,” Zuma said in an interview with the Business Report.

“What you have to do is deal with things that are not right with Malema.”

Zuma however said if Malema wanted a future within the ruling party, then he would have to watch his conduct.

“You cannot allow him to do the wrong things. In other words, the job of the ANC is to help Malema, to mould him into a dynamic, good leader. That’s what we need to do. It is only if you can’t do it, that the question becomes what do we do with him.”

He was speaking at his Pretoria residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu.

“We must help Malema to do the right things. Because if you help Malema to do the right things, you have a very good, potential (sic) young man who could put across things very well.”

The ANC is conducting disciplinary hearings after it charged the leaders of its youth wing with various violations of the party’s constitution.

Malema and youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu face charges related to comments on helping bring about regime change in Botswana. Deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer-general Pule Mabe have been charged with contravening the constitution of the ANC.

A ruling in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg yesterday also found that Malema’s singing of the words “shoot the boer” constituted hate speech.

Judge Colin Lamont noted that unfair discrimination remained rooted in certain structures of society. ANC National Executive Committee member, Jessie Duarte told the eNews channel last night, that the party would appeal the decision, The Star reported.

“If you are like Malema, you’ve got to be finding new issues all the time, because you get used to impressing people; they must be clapping hands for you, and that’s when you make a lot of mistakes because you say a lot of wrong things, Zuma said.

He added that such leaders harboured a particular weakness.

“Because if you spoke, for example, and people did not get excited, you feel you’ve not done it. So you must be on the border if you are saying things that are radical and problematic.”

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