Malema is being isolated – ANCYL

2011-08-27 15:02

Julius Malema is being isolated because he advocates economic freedom for black people and nationalisation of mines, the ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) KwaZulu-Natal chairman said today.

“All these investigations are not coincidental. He is isolated so that he can be silenced,” said provincial chairman Mthandeni Dlungwana.

“This is what happens when one calls for something the rich elite do not want. When Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addressed the issue of land reforms, he was also demonised.”

Dlungwana was speaking after closure of the ANCYL provincial executive committee’s two-day meeting in Durban.

It was recently reported that the Hawks would examine the flow of money through companies linked to Malema, including the Ratanang Family Trust.

The SA Revenue Service also initiated its own investigation into the ANCYL president’s financial affairs, and his alleged failure to pay tax.

Dlungwana said there were forces that influenced the media on who should be investigated. He was, however, quick to point out that the ANC was not involved.

Malema and ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu were also recently charged by the ANC for bringing the ruling party into disrepute and sowing division. The charges related to comments Malema made about helping to bring regime change in Botswana.

He said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties, as it believed the government there was “in full co-operation with imperialists”, and was undermining the “African agenda”.

ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer-general Pule Mabe have also been charged bringing the ANC into disrepute.

The ANCYL provincial executive resolved to support people who have been charged.

“We believe that charges are political in nature and must be addressed internally and political,” said ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo.

He said the economic freedom was a struggle the youth league was prepared to fight for.

“Nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation should be attained as the means to an end of poverty.” Mtolo said. 

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