Malema: Zuma wanted Mbeki out

2013-06-12 15:42
Julius Malema (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

Julius Malema (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema said he recalled President Jacob Zuma saying former president Thabo Mbeki should be removed, a report said on Wednesday.

In 2007, the ANC removed former president Thabo Mbeki as party leader.

"I had a discussion with President Jacob Zuma and he told me very clearly that president Mbeki must go and we must do everything in our power for president Mbeki to go.

"Once president Mbeki left, everyone else who supported president Mbeki was subjected to serious harassment in the organisation."

Malema said the ANC kicked out those members who did not support Zuma for a second term as party president ahead of the elective conference in Mangaung last year, even if they changed their tune after the outcome.

"The ANC expelled me and everybody who remained in the ANC, who continued to say 'we support you President Zuma' but we also support the economic freedom struggle, their heads were chopped.

"What type of organisation are we building? Where are those that disagree, their heads are chopped."

‘People fear an individual’

Malema said the struggle in the ANC had changed. It had become the struggle of personalities. There was no struggle of ideology.

"People are afraid of one individual, people are more loyal to one individual than institutions ... We can't allow this dictatorship to continue and we keep quiet," he said.

Malema, who was expelled from the party last year, said the ANC had conspired to get rid of him because it feared him.

"I knew what was going to happen to me. And I knew because I've worked with them, I know their tactics and I know how they operate ... They were scared of me as an individual and decided to gang [up] against me."

Economic Freedom Fighters

On Tuesday, Malema sent out an email announcing he needs money to start a political platform.

It detailed 15 reasons why the ANC, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA Communist Party, and ANC Youth League, in his opinion, could not provide the answer to the country's problems.

He said he was trying to find money for his new political venture, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), and urged those interested in his venture to contact him via email or social networks. He also wanted proposals on how to collect money.

Malema said the ANC's integrity and credibility would gradually decrease, and independent trade unions, like the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) could become bigger and stronger. The poor would lose interest in politics, the middle class would continue to drift away from the ANC, and South Africa would degenerate into a kleptocracy, he said.

Waiting for supporters

The EFF wanted the emphasis to shift from "reconciliation" to "justice".

In an interview with SAfm on Tuesday evening, Malema said he was waiting for a response from his supporters on what needed to be done.

"If our people are saying this is the option we have ... we'll go for it. If people are saying economic freedom in our lifetime can equally be achieved outside the ANC, so be it."

The firebrand said he would not shy away and was not scared.

"The struggle is not only conducted in the ANC."
- SAPA

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