‘Chuene should not have apologised’: Malema

2009-10-02 06:42

EMBATTLED Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Leonard Chuene was

not supposed to apologise, said ANCYL president Julius Malema.

Malema said it was the league’s view that Chuene had acted within

his rights to ensure that Caster Semenya participated in the Berlin


Malema reiterated the league’s support for Chuene during a media

briefing at ANC headquaters in Johannesburg.

He said the term hermaphrodite does not exist in the Pedi culture

and Home Affairs does not register people as hermaphrodites when they are


“They are either a man or a woman. Instead, we should be protecting

Caster and supporting her to run as a girl,” he said.

Malema also called for Chuene to be retained as the president of


“Removing him will not assist Caster and the athletics fraternity.”

The media also took a knock from Malema, especially Talk Radio 702.

Malema said he called 702’s John Robbie and warned him that “he was

a problem; is perpetuating divisions and has an agenda which undermines the

current leadership. His management (at the radio station) should deal with him.”

He said it was unfortunate that Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile

had called for Chuene’s head.

“He (Stofile) is not bigger than cabinet. Cabinet has called for

Chuene to be retained and the minister must comply with the collective,” he


The youth league promised to double to R120 000, the money they

promised Semenya.

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