Malema lashes out at ANC

2011-11-10 13:31

A defiant Julius Malema has thrown down the gauntlet to ANC leaders, saying he will not allow them to destroy the party’s youth league.

He also said that “the gloves are off” in the build-up to the party’s conference in Mangaung next year.

Emerging from writing a Political Science exam at Unisa’s Polokwane campus, just minutes after the ANC disciplinary committee had suspended him from the party for five years, Malema said he would appeal the sentence.

Standing under a tree, addressing about 200 supporters, Malema declared that he and his leadership, who were also handed suspended sentences earlier today, would be liberated by the Mangaung conference.

“We won’t apologise. The gloves are off. Let us confront them because their intention is very clear. They want to destroy the ANC Youth League. We must defend the ANCYL,” said Malema with applause from his supporters.

Malema said his name and contribution to the country would forever be captured in history books.

“I have made my contribution in this country. My name will be recorded in the history books of this country unless you want to teach people a distorted history.

“There’s no way you will not mention this generation, a generation of fearless fighters,” said Malema.

He said while his enemies were rejoicing the outcome of his disciplinary hearing, their victory would be short lived.

“The enemy will smile for these few minutes; victory is ours. Let the enemy enjoy, but that victory will not last. We are determined. We will be liberated by Mangaung 2012,” declared Malema, surrounded by his close business and political associates.

Malema referred to some leaders within the ANC as “sellouts” and criticised the hefty sentence that was handed down to him and league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, whose membership was suspended for three years.

He condemned the hefty sentence handed down on him and said future youth league leaders would be scared to challenge ANC policies and to propose “radical” strategies to the mother body.

“If the president of the youth league is suspended for five years, the next president of the youth league will not be as radical as the suspended president because he will be scared that if he also speaks in the interest of the poor and the youth he will also be suspended,” said Malema, who wore a black youth league T-shirt with slain SACP leader Chris Hani’s image.

He announced that the youth league’s national executive committee would convene a special meeting on Saturday to orchestrate a response to the verdict on their disciplinary hearings.

Malema condemned ANC leaders for “throwing us out of our own home and that cannot be left unchallenged”.

He mocked the ANC’s national disciplinary committee for being “brave” enough to take the decision to suspend him and deliver suspended sentences for other league leaders.

“What I like about these people who have suspended us is that they are brave. They are not scared. They fight for what they believe in and we must fight for what we believe in,” said Malema, after referring to some ANC leaders as “sellouts”.

Malema said he had not read the full verdict but indicated that he would appeal against his sentence.In a light moment, Malema said he was not having sleepless nights about his future.

“I do not take these issues personal. I do not have sleepless nights. That’s why I sleep and still come and write (exams) because I do not take anything seriously,” said Malema.

Malema, who has been ordered by the ANC to vacate his position, was surrounded by his staunch supporters, including businessman Steve Bosch, who has admitted paying money into Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust, the youth league’s Limpopo secretary Jacob Lebogo, its chairperson Frans Moswane and ANC Women’s League Limpopo chairperson Maite Marutha.

Bosch declined to comment and said: “I am here to support my president”, while Moswane said Malema was the ANC’s president-in-waiting.

Moswane, a close associate of Malema, said the verdict was politically motivated, arguing that it was a “pre-determined outcome”.

Earlier in the day, his supporters began gathering outside the Unisa campus, where management called police to monitor the growing crowds.

They began marching, holding banners in support of Malema and chanting songs, including the banned renditions of “Dubul ibhunu”.

His supporters brought traffic to a standstill and traffic police were forced to re-route motorists.

They erupted in shock as Malema’s sentence was announced with shouts of “insane” from various onlookers as the verdict was read out.

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