ANCYL: Mixed reaction to Mugabe’s greetings

2014-11-26 20:00

Zanu-PF got a somewhat ambivalent reception at the ANC Youth League congress as one of its leaders, Mpiehlabayo Malinga, came bearing greetings from Zimbabwean president “uBaba” Robert Mugabe.

Malinga was this afternoon cheered with a song in honour of Zimbabwe despite a slight hint of discomfort among delegates. Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have been more closely aligned to Mugabe and his policies of land grabs than the ANC has.

The delegates have also been pre-occupied since the start of the congress about two hours before with shouting their preferred presidential candidate, Pule Mabe’s name. They desisted from doing this when they cheered Malinga, however.

He warned that the “enemy” was coming to Africa armed with technology and money and in the form of non-governmental organisations.

“The money our Western enemies are carrying is enough to confuse even the strongest comrades,” he said.

Malinga also informed delegates that Zanu-PF would be going to its own congress next week and that Mugabe was standing strong.

In an apparent reference to the campaign against deputy president Joice Mujuru, he said: “in the process of rejuvenating itself, Zanu-PF is shedding excess weight.”

International visitors from Tanzania and Mozambique’s Frelimo youth wing also delivered messages of support.

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