ANCYL: Malema is still our president

2012-05-07 11:22

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, suspended secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and suspended league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu will remain in their positions until a “political solution” to their suspension has been found, the league has said.

It also said the resolutions from its congress, including wanting Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to take over as ANC secretary-general at the party’s elective conference in December, still stood.

League deputy president Ronald Lamola told journalists at a press conference in Luthuli House this morning that although the league leaders remained in their positions, they would not take part in league activities in line with the ANC’s national committee of appeals ruling.

He also said the league’s leaders were still talking to Malema and the suspended leaders.

“There is nothing that stops us from speaking to comrades. They are only stopped from speaking on ANC platforms. That order doesn’t preclude us from phoning Julius or talking to Magaqa,” he said.

League communications committee head Khusela Sangoni, however, said the league had no links with the newly formed Friends of the Youth League, launched by Malema in the Eastern Cape last week.

“But we do appreciate all the support we can get for our policy positions,” she said.

The press conference followed a meeting by the league’s national executive committee (NEC) over the weekend in Johannesburg to decide on a way forward following Malema’s suspension.

The NEC resolved to sack treasurer-general Pule Mabe from his leadership position and from the NEC, but he remains a member of the league.

League deputy secretary-general Keneetswe Mosenogi said official reasons for the sacking of Mabe would be given to the league’s national general council, which will be convened soon.

But reports from within the NEC meeting suggested that Mabe was suspended for “squandering” league money and for behaving in a “factional” manner.

Despite reports that 13 NEC members voted in favour of a motion of no confidence in Mabe, while nine voted against, league spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy told City Press the sacking was done “by consensus”.

League leaders also denied reports that police had to be called to its NEC meeting on Saturday night after tempers flared following Mabe’s expulsion.

The league in its statement said it would continue to petition the ANC’s NEC to “intervene and provide a political solution on the unprecedented outcome” of the disciplinary process.

If this doesn’t work, the league would try to get the ANC’s December congress to help.

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