Cosas won't support Julius Malema
Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) feels that ANC Youth
League president Julius Malema is giving the youth movement a bad name and will
not back him for a second term, Cosas president Bongani Mani said on Thursday.
"We are not supporting Julius Malema for a second term because the
character of the Youth League is under threat under his leadership," Mani
They would rather support the league's Gauteng chair Lebogang Maile, who is
also the province's MEC for sport, culture, arts and recreation.
He said youth issues such as education were being ignored.
"They are fighting among themselves and coming to meetings heavily
armed, so we don't have confidence in him," said Mani.
"He is the one that insults the leadership of the ANC and insults the
alliance component. The Youth League is the Youth League of the ANC and [if he
has a problem] he must go straight to the ANC."
Mani says the whole of Cosas felt this way.
"It's an official position. We report all these problems to the Youth
League ... but there is no action that has been taken."
The league is preparing for its 24th national congress to be held in June
and nomination for new leadership began in February.
A statement in February warned that "no member of the ANC Youth League
will be allowed to disrupt any of the Branch General Meetings that will happen
and no member will be allowed next to the venue of the meetings under the
influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance".
Offenders would face automatic expulsion from the league.
Support for Malema
Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu responded to Mani's statement by
saying that Cosas was being used as a lobbying platform for an individual who
did not have support within the league.
"Someone is using Cosas to lobby for themselves. Cosas is being used by
certain individuals," he said.
So far league support had come out in favour of Malema in seven out of nine
provinces with decisions from Gauteng and Western Cape outstanding.
He said that there was "no issue that has not been raised"
regarding education matters.
They had been fundraising for students to go to school, ran a free sanitary
towels campaign and campaigned against alcohol abuse.
"It is because of narrow factional battles that they are unable to see
what we are doing."