Malema warns leaders

2012-07-21 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Gwede Mantashe, the ANC’s secretary-general, is dangerous for the party, Julius Malema said yesterday.

The former ANC youth leader sharply attacked Mantashe in a statement and cast doubt on his credibility.

Malema’s reaction followed a statement by Mantashe to the Sowetan that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s continued support for Malema was dangerous for the ANC.

The Sowetan quoted Mantashe as saying that Madikizela-Mandela’s decision to continue supporting Malema defied the ANC’s national executive committee’s position on Malema. He said her decision boiled down to bad discipline.

In reaction, Malema said people who wanted to attack ANC veterans must be careful, because they would “fall very hard”.

He asked all ANC leaders to start admitting that the leaders who were elected at the 52nd national conference in December 2007 in Polokwane, were a giant mistake for the ANC and for South Africa — especially Gwede Mantashe and Jacob Zuma.

Malema said it did not surprise him that Mantashe was criticising veterans.

He said Mantashe “did not understand the ANC” because he did not grow up in the ANC and was never involved in any operations.

“He was never arrested and never went into exile like other veterans of his age.”

Mantashe could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Floyd Shivambu, the youth league’s suspended spokesperson, confirmed in a statement what Malema had said.

Earlier this week, the Sowetan reported that Madikizela-Mandela had told Malema in the Eastern Cape that his efforts to liberate the country economically had been noticed. “Thank you very much for making us see in our lifetime that it is possible to liberate our people economically and better their lives.

“Thank you very much for leading that [economic freedom] campaign, because it is as [a] result of your emphasis economically … on the role we should be playing as freedom fighters,” she reportedly said.

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