Expel Malema immediately – MKMVA

2012-04-03 12:28

The uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association has called for the immediate expulsion of ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema from the party following his attacks on President Jacob Zuma.

They were responding to Malema’s claim that the nation is becoming a dictatorship under Zuma.

The veterans say Malema’s arrogance and lack of remorse was a sign that he saw himself as being above the ANC. Malema faces a five-year suspension from the party for sowing division within the governing party.

MKMVA chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said his association had written to the ANC national executive committee, via the office of party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, calling for Malema’s expulsion.

“Since his ascendancy to the presidency of the ANCYL, no individual has been as divisive and disruptive like him in the ANC in recent years.

“We therefore call on the ANC leadership to expel him summarily from the movement,” Maphatsoe said.

The association avoided questions on whether it would also call for action against top ANC leaders, such as deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, who shared platforms with Malema when he made his controversial statements.

Maphatsoe, however, said they expected leaders to close ranks and display unity.

He said Malema was making the ANC “unworkable”, and said their call did not amount to pre-empting the outcome of Malema’s appeal.

“Once you have an organisation that is paralysed (by ill-discipline), you will have a government that is paralysed,” Maphatsoe said.

ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, however, poured scorn on the calls for Malema’s expulsion.

He said some of the veterans lacked understanding of politics as some of them had never been soldiers, but had spent the exile years as “cookers”.

“It shows the level of ignorance about (internal) processes of the ANC. The issue that he must be expelled immediately is their view. But we are still following organisational processes and we have a president (Malema) until 2014,” Magaqa said.

The top leadership of the ANC is expected to hold a press briefing to respond to some of the issues that have confronted the party in recent times.

There has been speculation that the highest structure of the party will respond to the attacks from its youth league.

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