EFF biggest threat to our society: Makhubela

2015-08-21 08:00
Julius Malema. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)

Julius Malema. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)

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Pretoria - The EFF is not a threat to the ANC Youth League but to society, the league's Tshwane chairperson Lesego Makhubela said on Thursday.

"The youth league was formed in 1944, it is older than Julius Malema's grandmother, so we can't be threatened by an organisation that is two years old," he told News24.

"What threatens us is how the EFF begins to erode the culture of engagement in South Africa. It is the biggest threat to our society."

Makhubela believed the EFF was allowing people to think that it was alright to be "rowdy" in order to make a point, or to throw insults at people and make demands.

"Even when the revolutionary movements were fighting against the apartheid regime, they never resorted to those extreme means to make their voices heard.

"They always believed in negotiation, they always believed in persuasion, they always believed in debate and that's not what the EFF offers. It offers the destruction of the South African social construct."

Banana state

He said if that culture began to take root it would turn South Africa into a banana state.

"That is the only threat we have. It's [EFF] not a threat to our organisation."

The EFF was formed by Julius Malema after he was expelled from the ANC in 2012. He was ANCYL president at the time.

The ANCYL has not elected a leader since Malema.

Makhubela said he believed Malema had damaged the ANCYL, which was why it needed to be disbanded and rebuilt.

"We needed to weed out the corrosive nature of politics in the youth league. Get rid of the poisonous ideological thinking which has been introduced to the youth league members by Julius Malema during his time in office," he said.

The ANCYL will hold its elective congress next month in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Makhubela is expected to stand for the position of ANCYL president.

ANCYL members will be nominating their preferred candidate for the position at pronouncements expected to be made next week.

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