Limpopo ANC cocks snook at Luthuli House

2012-09-27 00:00

THE ANC in Limpopo has come out in support of the embattled Julius Malema , with some leaders attending his first appearance in court yesterday.

The ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) called a special meeting last night at which they rejected the charge against Malema. It viewed the charge, of money laundering, as an infringement of Malema’s freedom and civil liberties.

In a statement the PEC said: “These allegations also bear indirect implications against sections of the ANC-led provincial government of Limpopo.

“This factor and the point that this ‘case’ is also viewed as a test case are some of the elements that drew the attention of the provincial ANC leadership to the matter.”

They said the state’s actions against Malema were “not backed by a genuine case to fight against corruption and fraud”.

Limpopo ANC’s Makondelele Mathivha said the actions were “a repressive political intent to erode hard-won rights of citizens to gather, express themselves, associate with other persons or groupings, affiliate to organisations of their own choosing; generally the right to freedom of association, speech and so on”.

Inside court Malema was supported by his former deputy, Andile Lungisa, ANC Peter Mokaba regional chairperson Lawrence Mapoulo, former SABC board member and provincial PEC member Clifford Motsepe.

Others included suspended ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and ANCYL Limpopo regional leader Jacob Lebogo.

Conspicuous by absence was the Limpopo Premier and Malema’s close ally Cassel Mathale, who has kept his public appearances with Malema low key since the youth league firebrand was expelled from the party.

They crammed the tiny Polokwane Magistrates’ Court J.

The PEC said it believed the allegations levelled against Malema were not about offences committed by Malema, but by other people, and that the state was abusing its power to deal with Malema and his backers.

Across the road from the court, police cordoned off a parking lot was with barbed wire and kept a close watch on the hundreds of Malema supporters who had converged on the court to support their “economic freedom fighter”.

The ANC in Limpopo urged the mother body at Luthuli House to observe the “bruising, tough and revolutionary political struggle against oppressive forces” and not to use apartheid tactics to deal with Malema.

“The PEC therefore implores the state and government to honour its principles by upholding and respecting citizens’ rights to a fair trial as comrade Julius Malema embarks on this judicial process, facing the allegations levelled against him,” said the PEC.

• Also at the court were Friends of the Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola, ANCYL NEC member Magdalene Moonsamy and Mopani Municipality Mayor and Malema friend Joshua Matlou.

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