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Limpopo rubbishes Malema rumour

2011-12-19 22:57

Polokwane - Limpopo’s newly elected ANC secretary, Soviet Lekganyane, has brushed aside rumours that the provincial elective conference currently underway will push for a resolution that ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's suspension be reversed.

Lekganyane said on Monday the issue was not contained in documents presented so far before the conference by the provincial executive committee.

He refrained from going into the detail about the issue, saying it was up to the party’s national disciplinary committee to pronounce Malema’s fate.

“For now, the matter is sub judice,” he said.

Malema, an ally of ANC provincial chair Cassel Mathale, is currently appealing a five-year suspension from the party after he was found to have brought the party in disrepute.

At the start of the four-day conference on Saturday, Mathale questioned Malema’s suspension and also backed the league’s call for nationalisation.

He said if the youth league committed “grave mistakes, corrective measures must be employed to show them the way, but not measures draconian”.

NEC candidate

He also warned the ANC against eroding or frustrating the youth’s role in determining outcomes of political meetings in the organisation.

Malema was among 40 candidates nominated to serve on the ANC's Limpopo provincial executive committee (PEC).

Voting for the 20 additional members was underway at the University of Limpopo’s Turfoop campus on Monday. The conference would hear resolutions in commissions that met during closed sessions on Sunday.

A delegate said Malema was favoured by a number of delegates, which could earn him a spot on the PEC.

Proceedings started late on Monday, with an official announcement of the PEC expected to be made later in the day.

Earlier this year, Malema joked that he did not want a job in government.

Speaking at the University of the Western Cape, Malema said he had no desire to go into Parliament or become a minister.

He said at the time: "If you try and buy [Police Minister] Nathi [Mthethwa] a coke... or a cold drink now, he will have to check the ministerial handbook.”

Free-for-all party

Malema hosted a free-for-all party at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday, where he spoke to thousands of youth at the event about Mathale's victory in the provincial elective conference and Pretoria's intervention in Polokwane.

Mathale won on Sunday by a margin of 82 votes in the highly contested election. He faced the deputy minister of arts and culture, Joe Phaahla, and won with 601 votes. Phaahla received 519 votes.

This was no surprise for Mathale's supporters, who felt the writing was on the wall all along.

Phaahla's supporters' hopes were shattered, with the majority absent from the conference on Sunday.

Mathale’s provincial executive committee is also reportedly expected to lodge a complaint with the ANC’s national executive committee that President Jacob Zuma was "using the government machinery to fight internal political battles".

This follows his placing of five provincial departments under administration after Mathale asked the treasury for a R1.7bn bailout to pay wages and suppliers.

Mocked

Since the conference began on Saturday, Mathale supporters have been occasionally singing a song mocking Zuma. Malema had joined in the song while gesturing with a make-believe shower head.

It was a reference to Zuma, who at his rape trial in 2006 told the High Court in Johannesburg that he took a shower after having unprotected sex with his HIV-positive accuser. He was acquitted on the charge.

He has meanwhile reiterated that government's decision to place five of the province's departments under administration was not, as numerous reports had suggested, politically motivated.

The decision came under fire last week over concerns that financial assistance would allegedly strengthen Zuma's hand in the political infighting with Mathale.

On Sunday, Zuma said government stepped in merely to help the province.

"Limpopo is saying we ran out of money, please help us pay the civil servants until the next financial year... them not being able to pay their workers is not political... to respond cannot be described as political," the SABC reported Zuma as saying.

Co-operate

Lekganyane said Mathale has presented to the conference a report about government’s intervention, adding that it was well-received.

The provincial leadership had unanimously accepted the intervention and agreed to work with whoever was deployed to the province by government, he said.

He said this was done in the spirit of putting people first and creating an enabling environment to deliver services in a quicker and better way.

Delegates were also discussing how best to build and strengthen the ANC after its 100 years of existence.

The conference ends on Tuesday.

Comments
  • Ettiene - 2011-12-20 02:50

    Well, they learned from the best...by watching how the whites did it in the past!!!

      John - 2011-12-20 06:14

      Please refresh my memory again where a "free for all" bash was conducted by the whites in power? Who do you think paid for said bash? Malema? Don't be stupid all you life, idiot!! Go cry me a river because you are a white privileged little snot-nose writing this BS just because you can. I really and truly despise idiots like you!!

      Yar - 2011-12-20 06:35

      Yes please Ettienne. I was around in those days. I missed all the parties. Tell me what I missed.

      Ian - 2011-12-20 07:03

      yes please, where were these fantastic tax payer sponsered parties, i want to know, speak up retard i cant hear you

      Ian - 2011-12-20 07:05

      probally didnt even do his national service but has plenty room to comment, just another ct or sandton spoilt runt, plenty of those around

      Roy - 2011-12-20 07:17

      Another Afrikaaner try to impress those that his forefathers killed off. Is he also trying to join the ANC is is he alreadt part of this corrupt breed. Bet you he is a friend of Malema

      oscar.manamela - 2011-12-20 08:01

      Ettiene, they will pretend as if we dont know about the broederbond, We are black not stupid, They were at war with Angola and they lost thousands of poor Afrikaanse speaking men, They supported other parties top kill ANC supporters at hostels and surrounding areas and they used state resources, the list is endless,

      MoAfrika - 2011-12-20 08:32

      well said...tables have turned and some people just cant stand the heat...get the hell out of the kitchen if u cant stand the heat. there is politics everywhere, even at work

      Garth - 2011-12-20 09:09

      @manemela - get your head out of your a$$ boy and stop reading anc hand-books stuck in the belief that they resemble the truth. `. . . they lost thousands of poor Afrikaanse(sic) speaking men,'. If the useless anc, udf, sacp, swapo, mpla, fapla, fnla, etc. had stood up in one single battle, we would not be reading your bs, because you would still be working in someone's garden.

      John - 2011-12-20 11:02

      oscar.manamela And what the hell would you know about Angola? Suffice to say, if you are even old enough to remember anything about Angola, you were one of the idiots hiding under your bed when the troops walked into a township. What a chop!

      Jonathan - 2011-12-20 14:25

      From where are you Boet? Have you smoked your Post Toasties this morning?

      Johnnys_Place - 2011-12-22 10:31

      @oscar.manamela... "killed ANC supporters" ??? As far as I remember the ANC supporters killed IFP members and visa versa, and this was by the thousands! It was barbaric... so shut up !!!

  • Max - 2011-12-20 04:28

    Brushed aside as so many previous rumours that later on became fact. Money is the glue that keeps these thugs together but money is also the catalyst to make inside info flow to the media for personal gain, a bit of a problem I would say in an environment where there is no morality and integrity.

      Walter - 2011-12-20 05:45

      Absolutely. You've put it all in a nutshell.

  • Stirer - 2011-12-20 05:56

    What exactly does "suspended" mean to the ANC? All that's happened is that Malema has relinquished his leadership of their youth club. Apart from that he is participating vigorously in all other matters of the ANC. I should have expected that he would be barred from even attending the conference - let alone being allowed to stand for an office of any type.

      Garth - 2011-12-20 06:17

      Yes, but the problem with you and everyone else that has commented here(etienne excepted) is that you are normal.

      Deon - 2011-12-20 08:46

      It seems as though his suspension is suspended during his appeal process.

  • John - 2011-12-20 06:18

    Next to Malema and his cronies of Dumbworld (aka Limpopo), the rest of the ANC idiots seem positively genius!

  • Ian - 2011-12-20 07:00

    interesting name 'soviet' oh btw communism is dead so back to the trough with you, snouts ready and STEAL

  • Joseph - 2011-12-20 07:22

    can someone tell me where FATBOY leaves,i want to give him "WARM KLAP "

      Tebogo Terence - 2011-12-20 07:44

      joseph,worst part of it is that you can't even write proper english!

      Garth - 2011-12-20 08:59

      People living in glass houses should not throw stones, hey tt?

      Sharon - 2011-12-20 11:08

      @ TT I understood exactly what Joseph meant!! And I am sure, so did you.. Dipstick

  • dave.j.colquhoun - 2011-12-20 07:23

    This whole "conference" is nothing more than another means by which these idiots are siphoning off funds from the tax payers treasury to line their own pockets. I'm sure we'll soon see how much we, the taxpayer, have forked out for this little gathering. You know what I mean. They originally budgeted R20 million for the gathering but the final cost will be R100 million when they've all finally pulled their noses out of the trough. As for Ettiene's comments, I must have been too busy to have noticed all the "free parties" that were held for the "whites". As far as I can remember, the NP once tried to hand out some free boerewors rolls to some voters on an election day and they were quickly closed down and removed from the area. Wasn't much of a party from what I remember. Let's see what the Shower Dude is going to do now that he has been publicly insulted by the failed carpenter. Surely there has to be a limit as to how far they are going to let this little moron go. If my memory serves me correctly, wasn't some guy recently given a hefty fine and a suspended sentence for spilling some cold drink near to the president and wasn't their argument based on some premise that this was an insulting gesture towards "our esteemed leader". Surely, the open mocking of the dude in a public gathering is also an "insulting gesture" of sorts.

      Garth - 2011-12-20 09:02

      Dave, good post, but you are missing the point here: the twit who spilled the drink is white.

  • Jayne - 2011-12-20 09:55

    Treason: violation or betrayal of the allegiance that a person owes his sovereign or his country, esp by attempting to overthrow the government; high treason This used to be punishable by death... I wonder what the sentence is these days?????

      Maureen - 2011-12-20 11:03

      A golden handshake.

  • kayceechick - 2011-12-20 11:05

    What worries me about a democracy and votes is "Joe Phaahla, and won with 601 votes. Phaahla received 519 votes." That means 519 have a leader they did not vote for. How is that fair? Thats just shy of 50% of the people. What are they now going to do, being lead by the person they DIDNT vote for?

  • Glen - 2011-12-20 14:37

    Soviet??? hahahahhahhaahahaha this can't be a persons name!!!To name someone after a defunct state that was destroyed by its own bosses...wow shows where they are aheaded!heeee heeee heeee heeeeeeee...

  • francisenrudi - 2011-12-20 22:02

    YES I AGREE JUST A LOT OF THIEVE AND LIARS WE WORK THEY STEEL

  • Martin.Liquid.St8 - 2011-12-20 22:10

    There is no way that I can claim that the pre'94 government suffered financially. Old FW's Merc was one of the best states vehicles ever. There are stories that Pik hunted out of military choppers in the Kruger Park. Who knows what really happened. I was never invited to a mass KP or NP rally at any stadium where food was dished out and political leaders danced. What does irritate and amaze me at the same time is the money spent on party gatherings and the obvious reason for it. Poverty used to be the enemy of the masses, just to be used as a weapon for the reigning government. Let me explain my argument. As long as there is poverty, the ANC can use empty promises as a selling point. As long as people are hungry, you can buy their vote for a KFC drumstick. How do you buy the masses if they are well fed? This is an age old African trick. Somalia was caught in civil war due to food shortages. Warlords seized UN food supplies just to hand out some of it at rallies. OK, we don't have civil war, but how long before the Malema supporters become impatient with his nationalization promises. How long before they take what they want? I'm an optimist but unfortunately the I don't have alot to be optimistic about these days.

  • nechabaesele - 2011-12-21 11:45

    According to what is happening through ANC and its cabals,the party will loose power.The rate of corruption will never end as our leaders are not intended to stop this bunch of ciminals and liars.The road of Madiba's dream(unity) is longer existing,it is a story to tel the coming children.

  • Petra - 2011-12-24 10:21

    Why can Julius not use his talents to foster love and tolerance in this country. We were born here so why must we have people who promote distrust and hate. Love is what makes thoe world go around not hate. If Paul could become the apostle he did I believe that so could Julius with everyone praying for him.

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