‘ANC must act on Malema slur’

2011-11-18 00:00

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s disciplinary woes seem far from over following a call by Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal for the ANC leadership “to consider applying its non-racialism policy” against Malema for using a derogatory word “amaKula” (c**lies) in reference to Indians.

The call by Cosatu came just days after Malema held a meeting with the South African Minority Rights Equality Movement (Samerem) where his apology was accepted by the predominantly Indian Pietemaritzburg-based organisation.

Following a meeting of the provincial executive committee (PEC) in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipo said the fact that Malema has apologised does not exonerate him from applicable ANC policies on racism.

“While we aknowledge the youth league president’s apology, the usage of the K-word against the Indians cannot be condoned just because he has apologised. The ANC must act according to its constitution, particularly its founding principles on non-racialism,” Luzipo said.

Cosatu also attacked the ANCYL leadership for excluding President Jacob Zuma when they salute ANC presidents, a practice that started amid the developing estrangement between Zuma and the ANCYL.

“Attempts to undermine the current leadership by acting as if there is no sitting president currently in the ANC are an indication of an impatience to get rid of the current leadership for personal accumulation purposes. Cosatu KZN remains committed to defending the outcomes of Polokwane, including the leadership collective that was legitimately elected there.”

Meanwhile, the Samrem executive committee has decided to hold a public and multi-party meeting at which various views would be put forward on the issue of Malema’s slur, at a date to be announced, Samrem said in a statement.

• SKHUMBUZO.MIYA@witness.co.za

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