ANC is not a pig that eats its children, says Malema

2011-08-27 10:12

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema is ready to face his disciplinary hearing, but said yesterday that the real ANC was not a pig that ate its children.

“Whatever happens to us, we are ready for that. People should know that even if we are fired tomorrow, our blood will remain black, green and gold,” he said at a gala dinner for young women in Centurion, Pretoria, yesterday.

He would remain a loyal member of the ruling party, despite the fact that his charge of violating the ANC’s Constitution could see him being stripped of his membership.

He agreed with secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s recent utterances that the ANC was a big elephant.

“We agree ... The ANC is not a pig. It does not eat its own children, because the ANC that eats its own children is no longer the ANC we know.”

Malema said regardless of the outcome of his hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, he would remain a loyal ANC member. A membership card did not define him.

“What defines you, it’s the consciousness, it’s the blood, and it’s what you believe in.”

Malema faces possible expulsion from the ANC for ill-discipline. He and ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu were officially charged on August 19.

The league’s leaders had to subject themselves to the organisation’s discipline, he said. Should the party’s disciplinary committee decide to suspend him and disband the league’s entire top structure, he would accept this.

“As a disciplined member of the organisation you must accept the decision. Nobody will ever challenge the decision of the organisation.”

He said the league understood discipline in the ANC to mean “political discipline”, and not the kind that punished dissenters.

Malema, who had been campaigning for nationalisation of mines and the taking of land without compensation, said the organisation was bigger than individuals.

On Tuesday the ANC charged the league’s deputy president, Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe with violating the party’s Constitution.

ANC national disciplinary committee chairman Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday this related to them disruption meetings and interfering with the orderly functioning of the ANC.

Malema and Shivambu were expected to appear before the committee on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The appearance dates for the other leaders were not known.

Provincial league leaders were expected to hold a night vigil at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday. 

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