ANC must act on Malema - Azapo

2011-08-05 18:04
Johannesburg - The ANC must act swiftly on ANC Youth League president Julius Malema following his comments about Botswana's regime change, the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) said on Friday.

"In as much as we agree with the ANC that no country, organ of any state, or structure within any country should engage, or contemplate engaging in regime change (in another country)," spokesperson Funani ka Ntontela said.

"Regime change by foreign agents not only destabilise the country and its economy, but leads to sustained illegitimacy of the ‘sponsored’ regime."

Ntontela said it was sad that the three main opposition parties in Botswana were "tantalised" by the idea of toppling their democratic government by outside influences.

Malema 'out of control'

Earlier this week Malema said league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the African agenda.

The ANCYL was publicly criticised by its mother body, the ANC - first by spokesperson Jackson Mthembu and then by secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

The ANC rebuked the ANCYL on "its extremely thoughtless and embarrassing pronouncements on 'regime change' in Botswana".

This was a total deviation from and an affront to ANC policy, it said.

In the past Malema had made statements that were demeaning and politically detrimental, Ntontela said.

"We [Azapo] think this is so because the ANC has created this beast called Malema, and allowed it to grow out of control.

"In our view, sometimes the ANC does not seem to know whether Malema is ANC Youth League leader, ANC leader or a government official," he said.

Azapo said Malema had the potential to be larger than the ANC and so it had to act on his statement.

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