Malema backtracks on Mbeki statement

2012-01-12 15:14

Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has backtracked from statements that the league would ask to meet former president Thabo Mbeki.

He said the league was yet to decide on the matter and there was no “hurry”.

“We never said we are going to see Thabo Mbeki, I said in the youth league we have been discussing the possibility of meeting with him.”

Malema said the league had discussed the matter among themselves and there is a feeling that Mbeki should reverse his decision not to comment on domestic issues.

“He deprives us of the opportunity to hear his views on the economy and development and how best to position our country to become one of the developing countries of the future.”

He said Mbeki did not need anybody’s permission. “It is his role as a citizen (to comment on domestic issues),” he said.

“It is not a specific task (we want to set him), it is an ongoing contribution like his brother (Moeletsi) does,” he said.

Malema spoke to City Press in Uitvlugt, about 60km outside Marble Hall, Limpopo, where he this afternoon addressed about 200 mostly young people and children at the Ephraim Mogale Primary School.

Referring to the upcoming appeal against his five-year suspension from the ANC, he said party leaders who suppress dissent “will kill the party”.

“Let’s not purge each other,” he said.

He also said children who go to other places to study should return to contribute to their home communities.

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