No fight with Zuma, says Malema

2011-06-09 13:11

There is no “fight” between the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and President Jacob Zuma, the league’s president Julius Malema said today.

“These people going around saying that we don’t want President Zuma, they are using President Zuma against us,” he told journalists at Luthuli House in Joburg.

“They want to create a fight between us and President Zuma. So what is this noise we hear about that conference (ANCYL) being the end of President Zuma,” he said.

The league played a key role in the election of ANC leaders and had been dubbed the “kingmakers”. Zuma has reportedly fallen out of favour with the league, led by Malema, who was a instrumental in his rise to the ANC’s helm.

But Malema said today there was no discussion in the league about the leadership of the ANC. “There is one president of the ANC and that is President Zuma.

“He is uncontested. If you want to suffer political humiliation, you must not even think about contesting President Zuma between now and the 2012 conference of the ANC.”

The ANC elects new leadership in Mangaung next year.

Malema said Zuma was the sitting president and as such, had to be respected.

“When he concludes his term of office he will enjoy the respect as a former president. Whether he finishes his term in 2012 or after two terms, it’s immaterial,” he said.

Malema was previously disciplined for comparing Zuma to former president Thabo Mbeki.

The firebrand leader and the league played a key role in Mbeki’s ousting by Zuma. However, Malema was recently quoted singing Mbeki’s praises.

Malema told journalists that Mbeki was not invited to the league’s conference, nor was he expected to attend.

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