ANCYL plans to 'embarrass' parent body
Mmanaledi Mataboge, Sabelo Ndlangisa and Carien du Plessis
Johannesburg - Julius Malema’s ANC Youth League (ANCYL) plans to “embarrass” the ANC if his appeal against a five-year suspension from the party fails.
City Press understands that if Malema’s appeal fails:
» The league will refuse to elect an acting president until the current term comes to an end in 2014.
“The idea is to embarrass the ANC. It will be in a form of protest to tell them that they forced us into this situation,” said a youth league source;
» Malema’s deputy, Ronald Lamola, will run the league “but only as a deputy president, and he’ll make it known that he’s not the acting president or the president”, said a government source close to Malema’s inner circle; and
» Although Malema’s appeal is only expected to be heard after the ANC’s January 8 celebrations, Malema is planning to embarrass President Jacob Zuma from the main stage in Bloemfontein.
At least four sources within the ANC and the league claimed efforts were under way to ensure that Malema didn’t share the stage with Zuma.
“They fear that Julius is going to develop some selective amnesia and embarrass the president by excluding his name when he mentions other presidents,” said the source.
In recent public speeches Malema has been avoiding Zuma’s name when praising former ANC presidents, but instead mentioned his deputy and former president, Kgalema Motlanthe.
The ANC’s leagues traditionally deliver messages of support at events such as these.
Cyril Ramaphosa, who chairs the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals, said he expected Malema’s appeal to be heard between January 19 and 23.
He said representatives from both sides would file papers and lead arguments, but there would be no need for witnesses to be examined.
Malema won a small battle this week by being elected to ANC structures in his home province, Limpopo.
But he still has a mountain to climb to save his political career.
His election to the party’s provincial executive committee was part of a plan to save him from his five-year suspension.
But cracks are showing in this plan – Malema only managed to come in at number 17 out of the 20 additional members in the provincial executive committee, with the support of just more than half of the delegates.
Delegates at this week’s conference resolved to ask the ANC to consider a “political solution” for the “problems” between the ANC and the youth league.
This, in effect, was a demand for Malema’s suspension to be lifted.
ANC Limpopo spokesperson David Masondo said the resolution was made “because there seems to be different conceptions of the role of the youth league in society and the ANC, and this can’t be answered by the narrow disciplinary mechanism”.
“This is not just about Julius, but what the role of the youth league should be in society as a whole.”
Malema’s supporters were rallying other sympathetic provinces to take similar resolutions.
Sources said ANC secretaries in North West, Gauteng, Free State and Western Cape were sympathetic to him.