Zuma: Malema thought ANC was weak
Johannesburg - Embattled ANC Youth League
president Julius Malema thought the ANC was "weak" and he could do
whatever he "wants to do", President Jacob Zuma said, The Star
reported on Monday.
Zuma told the paper Malema was
"immature", and warned senior African National Congress leaders who
"cross the line" by defending Malema.
"I don't think he was in a position to
understand how the ANC was acting, I think his understanding was that the
organisation is weak, you can do whatever you want to do," Zuma was quoted
"I think that's why the ANC can no
longer do what it did at the beginning because it needs to act, and act
resolutely," he said, referring to the party's failure to enforce its
previous sanctions, such as taking Malema for anger management classes.
Malema, league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu,
and four other ANCYL officials were found guilty in November last year of
bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division within the party.
On February 4 the ANC's national disciplinary
committee of appeals announced their attempts to have their guilty verdicts
overturned had been dismissed. Arguments in mitigation of their sentences were
expected to start on Monday.