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Friends of Malema give ex-leader a podium

2012-04-29 18:00

Johannesburg - Days may be dark for former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema, but his friends aren’t few.

City Press can reveal that the newly-formed Friends of the Youth League (FYL) will be used to keep Malema politically relevant and to provide him with a platform from which to campaign.

Ironically, a similar tactic was used by Malema’s foe, President Jacob Zuma, after he was removed as deputy president and charged with corruption. The Friends of Jacob Zuma platform was used to lobby for Zuma as party president.

The formation of the FYL means Malema will be able to continue campaigning to remove President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s Mangaung conference in December ­despite his expulsion last week.

City Press spoke to eight youth league sources and understands the FYL was established by several national executive committee members of the youth league.

Malema confidant Thabo Kupa was mentioned as one of the masterminds, but he told City Press he didn’t know about the FYL.

Fashion designer Obakeng Ramabodu, who brought out the Juju range of clothes, was apparently ­also involved. He couldn’t be reached for comment.

Funds

The FYL will raise funds for Malema’s events and is set to be launched next week in the Eastern Cape’s OR Tambo ­region.

A Limpopo ANC leader close to Malema said the FYL would give Malema and former league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu a platform “to articulate their views because they are not banned by ­society, but by the ANC”.

The source said Malema would still be “the talk of town” and “a ghost” haunting the ANC unless he was arrested and imprisoned.

“Whether we like it or not, Julius will hop from one spot to another addressing people. They won the victory, but the thorn is not out.”

A Gauteng Malema lobbyist in the ANC said the expelled youth leader would speak all over the country on “general politics”.

“He will not insult ANC leaders. There’s a feeling his disciplinary case has to be sealed in Mangaung so he can’t destroy that chance.”

Independent

Malema was hoping the ANC conference would overturn his ­expulsion or, alternatively, should Zuma be ousted, a new party leadership would welcome him back.

An Eastern Cape ANC ally of Malema said the FYL would ­operate independently of ANC structures. “It will express its own views and be used as a fundraiser to support Malema. It will present an alternative voice until the [Mangaung] conference.”

Speaking only under the banner of the FYL might provide Malema with a secure platform because the group couldn’t be subjected to the party’s disciplinary measures as it wasn’t an ANC structure.

But a Gauteng youth league leader who opposes Malema said even with the FYL, Malema would be unable to command support.

“If they want friends of Julius Malema, let them have it, not Friends of the Youth League. They want to give it a level of legitimacy and we will not allow that. It’s for narrow personal agendas,” he said.

“One mistake that people make is to forget that JZ had sympathy in ANC branches and this fellow [Malema] doesn’t have support.”

Personality cult

Another anti-Malema source said the FYL would only turn into a “Friends of Malema, Floyd and [suspended secretary general Sindiso] Magaqa” if it got off the ground.

“Some people want to start a personality cult in the ANC, but the organisation is going to continue beyond them.”

Pro-Malema youth league supporters have adopted the slogan “asijiki” [we’re not backing down].

Said an ANC Malema supporter: “Asijiki is the slogan for Mangaung; it means whatever you do to the youth league, the Gallagher Estate congress resolutions remain”.

At its congress in June last year the league resolved that it wanted Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for ANC secretary general, and the ­nationalisation of mines.

Fresh elections

The league was apparently advised by senior ANC leaders to call fresh leadership elections because two key positions were vacant.

Names punted by Malema’s allies as new leader were: Eastern Cape provincial chairperson Ayanda Matiti; NEC member and former deputy president Andile Lungisa, and deputy president ­Ronald Lamola.

The anti-Malema group’s list included treasurer-general Pule Mabe as president and either MP Mduduzi Manana or Gauteng Sport MEC Lebogang Maile as his deputy.

Deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi was punted to move to the secretary general position and former ­KwaZulu-Natal Ugu regional ­secretary Wandile Mkhize to deputy secretary general.

Lamola said the league would call a national executive committee meeting “as soon as possible”.

 

Comments
  • cheche.selepe - 2012-04-29 11:53

    Where is MilesBhudu he spoke about this last week on M&G.

  • hnndlovu - 2012-04-29 12:30

    Another useless grouping of power hungry morons who want to hold ANC at ransom.... Julius, Floyd and Sindiso are the worst examples that can be touted as youth role models in SA. They have reached their useby date as other shelf products do in the supermarkets and tuckshops around SA. Form your trust and see whether u will achieve anything tangible out of it. We are sick and tired of these morons and their supportetrs making noise as if the country will cease to exist just because they have been chucked ot of ANC...

      Michele - 2012-04-29 18:35

      I actually don't know how to respond. I agree with your sentiments, but I disagree with your underlying sentiment that the ANC is above reproach. All of them, ANCYL and ANC are moronic embicilies, and so are their voters. I don't think the dinosaurs even voted themselves into extinction like you guys are.

      Maphasa - 2012-05-05 04:29

      @Michele> "All of them, ANCYL and ANC are moronic embicilies, and so are their voters". ONLY A MORON CAN SAY SOME'NG LIKE THIS

      Dave - 2012-05-05 04:59

      Show me an example of what Juju has done for the poor, not promises or hot air or speechs. He has made himself rich from tenders and kickbacks while his roads have been washed away. The comment about the whites give us their rotten food just shows the hand out mentalty of his followers. Somthing for nothing, and complain when they don't get it, let him create jobs so you can work for good food. Stop drinking JW blue and drill a borehole so the poor can have water. He will always have a support base because there are so many who think it is the job of others to support them and not work for themselves. The ANC was right to get rid of him, viva ANC. Let Juju work for a living now and set a good example to our youth.

  • Mxolisi - 2012-04-29 14:43

    Whats good for the goose is equally good for the gander

  • Dlngaan - 2012-04-29 14:44

    Your enemis are equal to ur friends I personally support fyl (asijiki)

  • Phindi - 2012-04-29 18:11

    Manje?

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-04-29 18:15

    Shame poor little robber. Flap your gums as much as you want, youll never have the chance to loot and pillage and lie and threaten ever again. Prick.

  • Sean - 2012-04-29 18:16

    Come on SARS , do your thing , so fatboy can become a b@tch in prison !!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-29 18:19

    Urrrgh.... here we go again.........

  • Michael - 2012-04-29 18:20

    We are not turning back, 101% behind asijiki

      Tlou - 2012-04-29 18:38

      Comrade Michael am 110% with u, no turning back lets fight till to the bitter end no matter what haters say. When haters criticise what we do dat mean they feel the heat. Julius Malema haona ya tshwanang le wena even Zumbaaaa knws dat.

      JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-04-29 18:54

      Yes face the music in jail for the YL's corruption and greed while your "comrades" you promised to help live in filth. Well done!

      Michael - 2012-04-29 19:28

      Capitalists minority who are enjoying when a black man is suffering, pretending they like us by giving us old rotten food

      Mushaishe - 2012-05-03 20:39

      why are white scared they just want to see black people working for them, ASIJIKI

      Ria - 2012-05-05 14:55

      "Capitalists minority who are enjoying when a black man is suffering, pretending they like us by giving us old rotten food" - So ..... the ANC have been in power for how long now? Riding their Mercedes Benz's, 4x4, Audi's, BMW's, black convoy with blue lights ....... but still the black man begs the white man for food and then complain that they get "rotten" food? Why do they not go beg the rich, fat, partying, fashionably dressed black man for food? Why should the "minority" feed you? @Mushaishe .... the whites are only scared of one thing ..... the fact that South Africa is going down the drain and the normal everyday black man in the street is not able to see it. Julius Malema in a previous article called himself a condom : maybe for once he looked in the mirror and saw this fat, overfed, shiny face looking back at him and he felt "stuffed".

  • Richard - 2012-04-29 18:27

    Who gives a rat's rear end, please give us news, not crap...

  • Tlou - 2012-04-29 18:31

    Thank u my president Julius \The feared one\ Malema, i wil nt kill for you bt il die for you. Zumbaaa wil never get ride of us, we are going to be hs nightmare til Mangaung. Julius Malema haona ya tshwanang le wena,,,,

      Nigel - 2012-04-29 22:15

      idiot

      Tlou - 2012-04-29 22:47

      Hahaha @Nigel my friend is u again???

      anne.crewe - 2012-04-30 16:51

      If you had a grey cell .... it would be lonely!!

  • Tlou - 2012-04-29 18:31

    Thank u my president Julius \The feared one\ Malema, i wil nt kill for you bt il die for you. Zumbaaa wil never get ride of us, we are going to be hs nightmare til Mangaung. Julius Malema haona ya tshwanang le wena,,,,

      JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-04-29 19:12

      go on then......die.

  • Michele - 2012-04-29 18:32

    So he is being bankrolled by the unemployed masses? HOW???

      freda.coetzee - 2012-04-29 20:12

      The poor people have to make him rich so they can suffer some more!!! O God I pray for all the poor people in our country. As a teacher I just want to say that the Educated youth of today will be great leaders in the future.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 18:34

    Neeever say never especially with the unbrained arrogance you carry you laughable fool.

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-04-29 18:35

    Why is this even news ???

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-04-29 18:36

    Why is this even news ??? YAWWWNNNN !

  • Morama - 2012-04-29 18:38

    I have more than twice said even though Malema is fired from ANC,he will somehow come back and now here he is.Anyway he will be reinstated at Mangaung.South Africans must just settle down because we are here for a long haul!!!

  • Hermann - 2012-04-29 18:41

    Great support for Juju, now let us see how they are going to put their money where the mouths are.

  • anita.kurn - 2012-04-29 18:45

    ll somebody asassinate that idiot before its to late and South Africa ends up like Zimbabwe

      Morama - 2012-04-29 18:55

      @ Anita the criminal,killing is not good and tha's why we have people like Malema and others has different views on various matters but that doesn't mean all those have to be killed.

      Schalk - 2012-04-29 19:15

      anita moenie eers dink om hom uit te haal nie...die grap gaan wees as sy eie mense dit doen...en hulle gaan!!!!

      jeremy002 - 2012-04-30 07:20

      @Willard - so all your commercial farms are now producing enough to feed the population and the surplus is exported? You are no longer importing food?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 12:49

      Willard living where you do I suppose you should be careful with your opinions.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-29 18:46

    I have to take off my hat to the fact that they stick together. Die boere kan gaan leer by hulle!!! The history of the boer culture is plagued by the facts that they could never work, and stand together. The hardest I was ever screwed was by a people having surnames as van Zyl, Kruger, Wessels....

      Thebe - 2012-04-29 18:55

      Open minded boers and blacks will always work together for a better SA future, the rest i.e. Friends of Malema and the Right wingers can take a hike

      Schalk - 2012-04-29 18:59

      thebe, common sense is not so common at all, but you've got some.

      stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-29 19:19

      Not all blacks are BAD people, and not all whites are GOOD people, in every case there will be rotten apples for sure. We use to stand together, work together, build together trust one another for centuries, untill the Malema menthality took over some years ago.

  • thozamile.tyana - 2012-04-29 18:47

    Juju....Juju....Juju...uyinkunz'abayikhuz'ukuhlaba ingekahlabi unguvul'akuvaliwe i'm fully behind mi Boy 200% Mangaung here we cum

      Sean - 2012-04-29 21:38

      Also do attend classes before Mangaung , maybe lay off the wooodwork for while , take some spelling classes !!

  • Partiboy - 2012-04-29 18:48

    One bullet, one man.

  • Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-04-29 18:54

    All right then let the game begin!

      Winston - 2012-04-30 00:06

      Wenaa sewela, shoo

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-29 18:56

    Malema is the one who is going to start the next revolution, Yes, now that he is independant and on his own, he can say and do what the masses want to hear, and what they want to see. Here he comes Zuma...!!

      JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-04-29 19:38

      Pity what the masses hear and what they receive will not be the same.

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:07

      Watch him ..... he is going to create the NEW ANC ..... and there will be a lot of brainless people following him thinking they are going to share in his wealth ..... He is the black Ceasar of Africa, the male version of Marie Antoinette of France, the reincarnation of Cardinal de Richelieu, of Attila the Hun, Vladimir the Impaler, Hitler (oh sorry, that is Mugabe - mustache and all,Genghis Khan, oh, and don't forget Idi Amin. All his followers will go the same way these guys' followers did

  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-04-29 18:59

    A peter mokaba reincarnation indeed-militancy its the only way forward

  • rtrecia - 2012-04-29 19:01

    Welcome Juju

  • Shonisani - 2012-04-29 19:04

    Long live the undiying spirit of Combrade Malema.I support him in his struggle.Cn we pls lunch\r\nFyl in Mamelodi East?

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:08

      First go back to school and learn to write. Then you will be able to understand that this man is taking you down the garden path

  • KCorsar - 2012-04-29 19:04

    Sure no problem, but maybe the media can ensure that they aren't part of the forum..................enough now! If he begins to contribute to society in a meaningful way then I would happily concede to a one line foot note, but anything more.......NO, NO, NO. Without the media he is nothing and we, the readers, can ensure this is so.

  • jeremiah.nkosi - 2012-04-29 19:12

    I would like to advice this so called pro-Malimas who are initiating ways of giving Julius Malima a podium to advance their personal agendas,that a weardlock between Malema and ANC has been decleared as being over and the ANC can sue him(Malema)and his allies for grugging its name for personal gain,because he is no longer one of ANC family member.Again to those who are still warshiping and idiolising Malema,I would like to tell them that we've got too much depth of leadership in the ANC,if one has given a, boot we groam new blood.So why Malema...?We are sick of this dirty politics they are trying to come-up with.Our slogan now we say,\touch is the move\Anyone who would come branditiong Malima in the name of ANC the watch-dogs will deal with him/her severly...!

      Michael - 2012-04-29 19:32

      U need to get yr spelling rite b4 giving anybody advice

      salani.hulela - 2012-04-29 21:46

      Fyl not ancyl they wont sue him for that.

      salani.hulela - 2012-04-29 21:46

      Fyl not ancyl they wont sue him for that.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-30 12:52

      Jeremiah, depth of leadership in the ANC? That must be the joke of the year. Thanks for the laugh.

      Abram - 2012-05-04 10:52

      ZUMA not ANC fail to groom the young lions,yl and ANC offices are at the same building but adults don"t talk to the children,what kind of a leader is that?what he know best is miniskirt,when he see a skirt he get confused

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:11

      @Michael - pot calling the kettle black? (No pun intended).

  • RALEBESE - 2012-04-29 19:16

    Malema does real want 2 get rid of JZ 4 real will c about that,Mangaung lets w8 n c whats going 2 happen Juju r u serious?

  • Jody - 2012-04-29 19:20

    sigh can the media stop focusing on this idiot. south africa has much more important things to focus on! This guy and his idiot followers really dont deserve anyones time and effort. Guy is a blatant racist and because he doesnt care what he says he gets lots of media time and this is what feeds his power, if this stops hes power stops. SO PLEASE STOP FFS

      emmanuel.manu.18 - 2012-04-29 20:18

      Idiots ooh ma gosh nyamiavho vhone

      mogotsi.mosaka - 2012-04-30 09:18

      Most of ppl complaing about Malema don't have membership or if they do have will not even be part of Mangaung conference. Please check the 1955 document about economic freedom and land. Otherwise anyone have choice of who to support and if you don't support someone just concentrate on the ones you support. Juju has never ask your support why are u concentrating on him.

      mogotsi.mosaka - 2012-04-30 09:20

      Most of ppl complaing about Malema don't have membership or if they do have will not even be part of Mangaung conference. Please check the 1955 document about economic freedom and land. Otherwise anyone have choice of who to support and if you don't support someone just concentrate on the ones you support. Juju has never ask your support why are u concentrating on him.

      mogotsi.mosaka - 2012-04-30 09:21

      Most of ppl complaing about Malema don't have membership or if they do have will not even be part of Mangaung conference. Please check the 1955 document about economic freedom and land. Otherwise anyone have choice of who to support and if you don't support someone just concentrate on the ones you support. Juju has never ask your support why are u concentrating on him.

      Kent - 2012-05-02 15:57

      @ mogotsi.mosaka. He also does not have membership according to news24.

      Abram - 2012-05-04 10:41

      why u always read about malema.

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:13

      Oi @Mogotsi.mosaka : one only needs to post comment once ......... one cannot help but concentrating on him ..... he is so SHINY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Koketso - 2012-04-29 19:30

    seems like tubby has got himself a new political party, he should rename himself die 'hard'.

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:14

      Are you sure you did not mean die "lard"?

  • Chris - 2012-04-29 19:32

    Wonder when the ANCYL met to sanction the FYL? Smells to me of a typical knee jerk reaction by those that failed to sup at the tax payers table.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-29 20:09

      how do you spell fail?

  • mashro.gundula - 2012-04-29 19:43

    Viva the spirit of Malema viva! Malema are like the key, no no no I mean the real key for many to and u are nothing to those few who hate u. They hate u bcos u speak the truth widely without fear,They are trying to zip your mouth bcos they want the second term for untill Jesus came ,they don't know that he had came long-long agooooooo lol.

  • hlongwanech - 2012-04-29 19:53

    why madia publish this story what interest do they have on this?

      vusi.zwane.31 - 2012-05-02 22:44

      Malemaa is rich n he can do what ever to the poor people to following him because they think he talking true of the Freedom of speech in South Africa I hate political things couse it make people thinks that are own this world I like malema but he talks noisece

  • phumza.khwela - 2012-04-29 20:03

    so why?

  • amos.magezi - 2012-04-29 20:20

    Juju we'll support you the way we supported president Zuma after he was fired by former president Mbeki. We are with you till Mangaung.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 20:54

      At your peril Amos. Tell me Amos, are you employed? How far did you get in school? Do you believe you're going to be given a farm and a mine? Your answers to these questions will show us all just how much Juju has messed with your mind. If you have not got a job, you should be equipping yourself so you can find one. If you did not complete matric - that is the very least you should have, if you believe Juju is going to give you a farm and a mine, then think again. You should rather allow yourself to be mentored by someone who has a superior education, is gainfully employed and understands that only hard work brings reward.

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:15

      what about thereafter? If he is still kicked out? Blind leading the blind?

  • Maphuri - 2012-04-29 20:52

    im in\asijiki\ all these resolutions is for a struggle until this love of humanity becomes a reality.

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:16

      When are you guys going to stop STRUGGLING! Good Lord, man, everything with you is a struggle.

  • billidp - 2012-04-29 20:58

    Will somebody please spare us from having to listen to more of this idiot's inane ramblings and anti-white diatribe please! ENOUGH ALREADY!

  • Nigel - 2012-04-29 22:14

    lets start the EOM group, you figure it out

      Ria - 2012-05-05 15:17

      EAT OLD MELEMA?

  • arcticencounter - 2012-04-29 22:32

    The taxman will put a stop to this little platform.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-29 22:51

    Democracy in action

  • Melville - 2012-04-30 00:40

    What a bunch of idiots.

  • wtheka - 2012-04-30 04:44

    Democracy in Action reAction,,,,

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-30 06:01

    Will this work?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-04-30 10:04

      worked for Zuma , remember FRIENDS OF JZ ?

  • Carry - 2012-04-30 06:34

    IT'S THIS CONSTANT CONIVING AND UNDER-HANDEDNESS THAT GOT juju INTO TROUBLE. IF HE HAD ONLY USED THE PLATFORM HE HAD WITH THE ancyl TO BE A VOICE OF UNITY AND POSITIVITY, INSTEAD OF ALL THE POISON HE SPOUTS, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN SO DIFFERENT NOW. GO AWAY QUIETLY NOW ALREADY jUJU.

      Abram - 2012-05-04 10:30

      Juju was fired by Zuma and his crinnies,people of south Africa want juju to be their leader,now he is representing the people of south Africa young and old not ANC and they will support him,those who think economic freedom is the only solution.and very soon pink man will be swiming to europe seaching for gold and diamond and own lots of farms there.

  • the Mzanzi Observer - 2012-04-30 07:14

    I thught we have the peoples government,gosh!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-04-30 07:16

    I think that ANCYL members who are opposed to Julius Malema are right. They should not allow the Youth League's name to connected to any new support base for Julius. May I suggest that they rather call it "Friends Of the Ousted Leader" or "FOOL" for short.

      alfred.willie - 2012-05-01 08:27

      Jeremy, I think you lost it but what I know for sure, \fool\ is a right name for you, not jeremy but foolish

  • nathi.moiloanyane - 2012-04-30 08:01

    What has become of ANC?! The fonders must be turning in their graves and wished to come back just so that they can continue the objectives that they have set for the organisation. Zuma, Julius and the whole lot of them - they are running the party down the gutters.

  • mogotsi.mosaka - 2012-04-30 09:24

    Most of ppl complaing about Malema don't have membership or if they do have will not even be part of Mangaung conference. Please check the 1955 document about economic freedom and land. Otherwise anyone have choice of who to support and if you don't support someone just concentrate on the ones you support. Juju has never ask your support why are u concentrating on him. Media choose selling stories like Malema' story.

      Honest - 2012-04-30 10:47

      There is a Huge difference between BUYING an ANC membership card and Voluntaritly Joing the ANC and abiding by its Constitution so a membership card has been reduced to Nothing by some card carrying members that know nothing about being a member of the ANC . The movement has not spoken against economic transformation unless I have missed an imortant pronouncement recently so I don`t think anyone should disguise in order to talk about economic transformation and land ownership , these remain hot topics even though progress is frustrating. The pace is certainly not where it should be and drastic measures are necessary to make sure our country does not take the ZIM route. Being defensive or being in denial will not help us , these issues need to be discussed openely NB. Without fuelling violence and racial hatred . You can`t join a Nonracial organisation and stand on public platforms preaching racism , that is the bottom line!!!

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-05-01 04:37

      And your point is? We don't want membership, we want him deported!