Malema blasted

2011-05-28 19:36

The man challenging ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema for his position has ­accused Malema of dictatorial ­tendencies, plundering state resources and dividing the league.

In an unprecedented move, ­Lebogang Maile’s campaign team has penned a hard-hitting document that they will use in an ­attempt to oust Malema.

Maile is the ANCYL’s Gauteng leader and MEC for sports, arts and culture. He confirmed last week that he would challenge Malema at the youth league’s 24th conference in Midrand on June 16.

The scathing two-page document, titled “Political outlook of our campaign”, a copy of which is in the possession of City Press, contains harsh criticism of ­Malema’s leadership style and “misguided militancy”.

And while the Maile campaign is gaining momentum – his campaign manager says they can pull 55% of votes – the league’s ­secretary-general and known Malema ally, Vuyiswa Tulelo, has slapped down any ideas of a Malema defeat, saying he will get 70% of votes.

Mzwandile Masina, Maile’s chief campaigner, has identified himself as one of the authors of the document, which he says was drafted by the five-person “central command” of the campaign this week, with input from structures across the country.
The document lists Malema’s “ill-discipline and chaos owing to misguided militancy” and a failure to deal with “youth-specific ­challenges” as the butt of their grievances.

Though the document does not name Maile, his supporters claim the “critical problems” they outline are the views of several thousands of youth league members and not one individual alone.

“But he (Maile) is our man if we want change,” Masina says. “And many of us do.”

In an interview with City Press, Masina named eight members of Malema’s 27-member national ­executive committee who he claims are already behind Maile, “but we can’t name them publicly now because of fear and intimidation”, he says.

“That’s how bad things are. When the time is right, they will talk.”

In an equally confident tone, Masina claims that “55% of ­delegates” will throw their weight behind Maile on voting day next month.

While their strongest support lies in Gauteng and North West, he says they have also made inroads in Northern Cape and enjoy equal support to Malema in KwaZulu-Natal.

The swing province is Eastern Cape, where chairperson Ayanda Matiti is likely to become the kingmaker, with an estimated 80% of provincial delegates prepared to follow him.

A long-time backer of Malema, Matiti had high hopes of making it onto the incoming top-five structure. When that didn’t happen, Maile’s men began to pander to his needs until they eventually got him on side.
“If we lose him, we have a ­problem,” Masina says. “But we have a plan.”

Malema’s camp scoffs at ­Masina’s optimism. “I’m looking at 70% support for our president,” Tulelo said on Friday. “That is ­confirmed.”

The Maile document argues that it is the “political madness characterising the leadership of the ­ANCYL” that has reduced it to a shadow of its former self. It also talks about a “cavalier approach” that has been adopted “to suppress differences of opinion”.

In the absence of dissenting voices, the “powers that be” can continue “plundering state ­resources”, the document reads.

Masina says it’s about the “SGL-isation of the ANC Youth League and the manipulation of state tenders through patronage”, in reference to state tenders awarded to a Malema-linked company.

The Maile camp says their leadership will “not only shout slogans, but consciously build a layer of new leaders in society” who will possess the “requisite capacity and skill for the responsibility of ­governing South Africa”.

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