Malema mobilises an army of the poor

2011-09-10 16:56

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is mobilising an army of the poor to march against government and big business next month.

The youth league president’s watershed three-day disciplinary ANC hearing resumes today. Wearing a revolutionary beret, he staged a defiant league birthday party yesterday. Its silver, gold and white cake was iced with the words, “Economic freedom in our lifetime”.

Malema told residents of Alexandra’s Scwetla informal settlement and surrounds yesterday that he faced charges because he was pushing for nationalisation.

The ANCYL will use former ANC president Oliver Tambo’s birthday commemoration on October 27 to march to the Johannesburg Securities Exchange and the Union Buildings to demand quality jobs and their share of the economy.

“On that day, we must rise and say the inequalities that exist must come to an end. We must have two days of non-stop action.

“We need a jobs revolution coming from the unemployed youth. Nobody will do it for you,” he said. “The league’s branches throughout the country will sign up all the unemployed youth and organise transport to ferry them on the day of the march,” revealed Malema.

“Because we say we will take from the white minority and give to you, the black majority. They are scared. Those who benefited from apartheid continue to benefit.

“If you say you want to destroy the youth league, you are simply saying you want to destroy the struggle for economic freedom,” he said.

Malema could be suspended or expelled if he is found guilty of charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing disunity.

Unlike in previous years, none of the ANC bigwigs turned up for the league’s 67th anniversary celebrations.

The only high-profile figure who showed up was socialite and ZAR club owner Kenny Kunene, who came in his branded white Porsche.

City Press has learnt that Zuma’s backers are lobbying ANCYL structures to pass a motion of no-confidence in Malema and his colleagues.

Eight sources confirmed to City Press that the league’s regional and provincial leaders were being lobbied by five national executive committee members of the ANC. They want support for a plan to get rid of the firebrand youth leader should he be found guilty, suspended or even expelled from the ANC.

Four ANC sources and a businessman confirmed they were criss-crossing the country on behalf of Zuma’s allies, while three Limpopo regional youth leaders aligned with Malema said they had been approached to support the no-confidence move.

Three provinces – Limpopo, the Northern Cape and the North-West – said they would not bus in supporters.

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