‘The ANC should nationalise, not charge Malema’

2011-08-27 18:25

At the Polokwane emergency ­meeting on Tuesday, Limpopo ­Premier Cassel Mathale urged the ANC Youth League to “swell” the ranks of the ruling party ahead of next year’s ANC elective conference in Mangaung.

“We must never allow any individual to fail the people of South ­Africa,” Mathale can be heard saying on audio recordings in the ­possession of City Press.

“You must swell the ranks of the ANC and provide guidance to our communities, regions, sub-regions, country and the continent.”

Mathale, provincial ANC spokesperson, and finance MEC David ­Masondo, Capricorn mayor Lawrence Mapoulo, ANC Women’s League provincial secretary Maleka Mokganyetse and businessman Jacques Nell endorsed the league’s defiance campaign to force Luthuli House to drop charges against Julius Malema.

Together with Polokwane mayor Freddy Greaver, they were there to give “messages of support” to league members.

According to audio clips, the ­politicians called on the league not to back down on its controversial plans to rescue Malema and his ­fellow executive.

“(They) are the future of the country,” said Mapoulo, who tore into ­President Jacob Zuma’s foreign policy and warned the league to guard against the recolonisation of Africa by the US.

“And once this topic was raised by the ANC Youth League president, it became a thorn in the hearts of many. The reality is: Africa is going to be recolonised if you are not careful,” Mapoulo added.

Masondo said the ANC had to “nationalise ... ?instead of charging people. And the ANC will have to take that message seriously”.

» Today, 700 Gauteng branch delegates are expected to gather in Braamfontein to discuss how they will support Malema.

Provincial secretary Ayanda Kasa-Ntsobi dismissed concerns that the demonstration would be interpreted as a revolt against the mother body.

» The league’s Northern Cape chairperson Shadrack Thlaole would bus in about 5 000 members and would “arrange for buses and the necessary support ... ?We are not marching. We are showing support to our leader. We did it when Jacob Zuma was under attack. We are ­doing the same now,” Thlaole said.

» Eastern Cape youth league’s? provincial secretary Mziwonke Ndabeni said a “sizeable number” of members would come to Gauteng.

» North West is expected to bus in 500 people.

» Western Cape youth league’s ­provincial coordinator Senzeni ­Mphila said between 1 000 and
1 500 Malema supporters from the province would be at Luthuli House.

» Free State provincial chairperson Kgotso Morapele said the ANC knew that the league had strong views about change in 2012 and were now targeting Malema to ­protect their positions.

“We are going to support and make sure that all of us from Free State go there,” Morapele said.

» KwaZulu-Natal would not reveal the size of its delegation, citing ­security threats. However KwaZulu-Natal ­provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said buses had been booked.

On Friday night, Malema had a warning for Zuma. He drew on ANC history to threaten leaders who had charged the league.

“Why do people want to treat us differently and want to say the things we are doing are foreign. We know what happened to Dr Xuma when he refused to support the youth league ... we went to ask Dr (JS) Moroka to come (to the conference) and contest as the president of the ANC,” he said.

The conservative Xuma lost the ANC presidency to the militant ­Moroka in 1949.

Moroka had the backing of the youth league, which demanded more radical action against the apartheid government.

“You can fire an individual and put an interim leadership in place but the resolutions of the 24th congress will always be there,” Malema said in reaction to rumours that the ANC is preparing to replace the Malema leadership with an interim structure.

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