Suspended youth leaguer hits out at Malema

2011-10-03 13:48

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has come under fire from suspended KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane over his leadership style.

“He (Malema) can’t be allowed to run the organisation as if he is running his family trust,” Dlungwane said today.

The African National Congress Youth League announced yesterday it had disbanded the KwaZulu-Natal branch’s executive committee. It accused the provincial leadership of encouraging members to defy decisions made by the national structure.

However, Dlungwane said the provincial executive was purged because it backed President Jacob Zuma to serve a second term.

He also claimed KwaZulu-Natal leaders had been targeted because they refused to mobilise league members to support Malema when he appeared before an ANC disciplinary committee.

Dlungwane said it was worrying that the league was being used by some leaders for personal gain, and that it should not be run like a trust.

It was recently reported that Malema had a family trust which was using to finance his lavish lifestyle.

The disbanded KwaZulu-Natal executive committee would meet in Durban this afternoon, Dlungwane said.

“We are going to have a meeting this afternoon to discuss what we will do following the disbandment of the PEC.”

Dlungwane said they had not been formally told of the decision.

“We have seen it on newspapers and radio stations that we have been disbanded. I am still in my office as we speak.”

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said yesterday that internal disciplinary charges were going to be brought against Dlungwane, former KwaZulu-Natal deputy secretary Sboniso Duma and former treasurer Yolanda Young.

Dlungwane accused the league’s national leaders of benefiting from the National Youth Development Agency.

“All they want is to be multi-millionaires. We know some youth league leaders have contracts with the agency.”

Malema was not immediately available to comment.

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