‘Zuma under attack’: ANCYL, Limpopo ANC at loggerheads

2012-07-30 14:10

The ANC in Limpopo and the ANC Youth League’s treasurer-general Pule Mabe are at each other’s throats over a comment that President Jacob Zuma was under attack.

This weekend, Mabe said Zuma “was under attack and that he should be defended”. Mabe made the comment at a youth gathering at the Nkowankowa Stadium outside Tzaneen.

The ANC’s spokesperson in the province, Makonde Mathivha, said Mabe “should be called to order for speaking about the president being under attack without naming those attackers. If he doesn’t tell the ANC and the public who is attacking the president, he is the one sowing discord and disunity.

“He said he was prepared to lay down his life for the president. If he thinks he is brave enough to lay down his life for the president, he must use the same bravery to who those (attackers) are,” said Mathivha.

“We want to know who those people are so that they can be reported to the secretary-general of the ANC.
He must be encouraged to tell who these people are, if he doesn’t do so he is not telling the truth.”

However, Mabe hit back, saying the ANCYL in Limpopo has issued many statements attacking Zuma and the mother body in the province has done nothing about it.

Both the ANC and the youth league in Limpopo support the youth league’s axed president Julius Malema.

They also want to see Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe replace Zuma during the party’s elective conference in Mangaung later this year.

Mabe said: “People must listen to an address in its entirety before making comments. I said an attack on the president is an attack on the ANC itself. Are they not seeing the statements of the youth league in the province?

“They must read those statements and say if those are not attacks. Those are not uniting, they are attacks. Those who say I must be called to order for rising in defence of the organisation do not know the ANC.”

Mabe said his detractors are angry with him because they think that he used his visit to Limpopo to campaign for Zuma ahead of Mangaung.

“If they are true cadres of the party they should have known that campaigning in the party is closed and until such time that it is opened, nobody is allowed to campaign.

“They must know that attacks on the president doesn’t inspire public confidence in the party.”

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