Limpopo ANCYL 'fired up', ready to fight
Sipho Masondo, City press
Johannesburg - The ANCYL in Limpopo has drawn battle lines against its mother body and says it is prepared to fight Julius Malema 's expulsion from the party to the bitter end.
Addressing the media at the ANC’s provincial headquarters in Polokwane this afternoon, Limpopo youth league leaders openly declared war against the ANC, saying the decision to fire Malema was "unacceptable".
The Youth League's treasurer in the province, Rudzani Ludere, said "we are not intimidated, but we are actually fired up. We will continue to fight... They can even call for a mass factional expulsion; we are not going to retreat".
Provincial secretary and close Malema ally Jacob Lebogo said: "If it means the youth league will be disbanded, let it be... President Malema remains president of the ANCYL as elected in Gallagher Estate. We are not here to play, we are running an organisation. We are not going to compromise the revolution."
Malema, said Lebogo, will remain the league's president until the end of the current political term in 2014.
"The Youth League in Limpopo stands firmly behind this declaration as it supports the view that retention or disposal of leadership within the Youth League can only be decided by internal processes.
"As a result we wish to state that the decision of the National Disciplinary Commitee to expel the youth league president and suspend for three years the membership of the secretary general [Sindiso Magaqa] as well as the national spokesperson [Floyd Shivambu] is unacceptable to the youth league in Limpopo", said Lebogo in a press statement.
The league, said Lebogo, is of the view that Malema's hearing was politically motivated and was driven by people who think that by removing Youth League leaders they can supress its political ideology - including the nationalisation of the mines and expropriation of land without compensation.
Provincial chairperson Frans Masoane said the only thing that will solve the stand-off between the youth league and its mother body was a political solution.
"We have been saying that matter is political, nothing requires discipline. It’s a political matter and it requires clarity. You can’t just wake up one morning and charge people".
The autonomy of the league, he said, was being undermined.
"We can't have an ANCYL that when it wants to speak it must consult President Jacob Zuma. This is about the battle to Mangaung and the ANCYL must be unbanned", he said, adding that if the ANC fails to unban them, its rank and file will do so in Mangaung.
He also vowed to mobilise ANC branches to fight Malema’s expulsion.