Have his comrades forsaken him?

2012-06-23 16:31

Youth League seems to have moved on sans Malema

The issue of Julius Malema’s expulsion from the ANC seems to be on the back burner as new rifts in youth politics are appearing.

The ANC Youth league meetings have often revolved around getting Malema’s expulsion from the ANC overturned. But no mention was made of Malema at the league’s policy workshop at Unisa on Thursday.

The league’s deputy president, Ronald Lamola, attacked President Jacob Zuma at the workshop, saying Zuma prioritised development in his rural village of Nkandla over development in other areas – unlike the country’s previous two presidents.

The ANC hit back, saying Lamola “falsely” attacked Zuma with “malicious intent”.

Neither Malema nor the Friends of the Youth League were invited to Thursday’s policy workshop because, one organiser said, “we didn’t have an email address to send the invitation to”.

Three sources have confirmed there is friction between the league and Malema, as well as Friends of the Youth League (FYL), on whose platforms Malema appears at public meetings.

“Malema is unhappy that the youth league is focusing on policy and seemed to have forgotten about him. They reckon there is nothing more they can do for him,” one source said.

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) last week rejected a request to review Malema’s expulsion.

The league is yet to hold an NEC meeting to chart a way forward following the ANC’s decision.
League spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said a suitable date still had to be found for their meeting.

FYL’s Obakeng Ramabudu, however, said there were still league members who wanted to bring Malema back.

He said a group of supporters disrupted Youth Day celebrations in Port Elizabeth last week demanding that Malema be reinstated.

Another FYL organiser has complained to City Press that he was struggling to set up a meeting with Lamola.

Lamola did not respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, in the Free State on Friday, the league’s treasurer-general Pule Mabe was presented to delegates at the provincial elective conference by chairperson Ace Magashule as “the leader of the ANC Youth League”.

The conference, in Parys, was snubbed by the 27 other voting delegates of the league who had registered for it.

Lebogang Mogoera, the league’s provincial secretary, said the league had resolved in its provincial executive committee not to be part of the “illegitimate provincial conference”.

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