Malema hits at his opponents

2011-06-04 14:12

The race for the ANCYL top post is heating up ahead of the ruling party’s youth wing elective conference set to take place in two weeks.

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema said today that there were people who had been “funded by big corporates” to remove Youth League leaders who supported the nationalisation of mines.

Malema, who is reportedly seeking the second term as the league’s president, is a driving force behind the move to nationalise South African mines.

“They have gone to this people (big business) and said, fund us to remove these people who want to nationalise mines,” he said.

ANCYL members needed to be aware of people who were funded by big businesses because they undermined the struggle, he said.

According to media reports, Gauteng chairman, Lebogang Maile, will challenge Malema for the presidency at the congress.

Malema also said there were people who were planning to disrupt the upcoming elective conference scheduled to take place in Joburg.

“They want to put the interim leadership in during the conference,” he said.

He warned that people who would disrupt the conference would face the music.

“Ill discipline will not be tolerated. Don’t be chaotic. We are ready for people who want anarchy,” he said.

ANCYL members needed to avoid what happened during the youth league’s previous elective conference in Mangaung which became chaotic.

Malema was warmly welcomed by the delegates at the league’s provincial congress at the Durban City Hall today. They chanted slogans calling for him to be given a second term.

They also sang “UMalema uyabuya” (Malema is coming back).

The ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal is led by Malema’s strong allies. The youth wing’s provincial secretary, Bheki Mtolo and the provincial chairman, Mthandeni Dlungwana have publicly supported Malema’s bid for the second term.

Introducing Malema today, Dlungwana said “we will choose him again”.

Malema also commended the youth of KwaZulu-Natal for voting for the ANC during the local government elections.

“You have done well. You even went to the so called Inkatha Freedom Party strongholds. You have killed the IFP,” he said.

He called on the youth to take over the leadership of the working class, saying that it lacked militancy leadership.

“At least Cosatu is trying. The issues that are raised by the youth league are supposed to be raise elsewhere (working class leadership),” he said.

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