Malema senses defeat

2011-08-29 14:40

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema seems to have resigned himself to the possibility of being thrown out of the governing party.

Addressing journalists at Luthuli House earlier today, a subdued Malema said if the ANC decided to expel him he would accept the decision. “We are prepared for anything,” he said.

But he was quick to point out that his expulsion would not mean the end of the league’s call for nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation.

Malema is facing a disciplinary hearing tomorrow for bringing the ANC into disrepute with the league’s intention to effect a regime change in Botswana.
He was also charged with sowing divisions in the organisation. Should he be found guilty of sowing divisions, his ANC membership would be summarily suspended by the party’s national disciplinary committee.

But Malema maintained that he had done nothing wrong, and that a political solution to the league problem should be found.

“This disciplinary action is about what we believe in (economic freedom),” he said.

In a veiled attack on President Jacob Zuma, he said when the time came for the ANC to open the succession debate for next year the league’s preferred candidates would emerge victorious.

“That is if you let us live long enough to see Mangaung. We are not cowards, we remain fearless under whatever circumstances,” he said.

He said he never had any personal relationship with Zuma, the man he was once “prepared to take arms” for. It was an open secret that Malema wanted to have Zuma and the incumbent secretary-general Gwede Mantashe dethroned.

Turning his attention to his supporters, he called on them to exercise restraint and be disciplined when they march on Luthuli House tomorrow. He also warned the police and ANC security personnel “not to provoke peaceful marchers”.

The Mkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans’ Association, however, vowed to defend Luthuli House with their lives if it came under attack from the young lions.

Malema is not the only league leader in the dock. The top four officials – deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe – were also charged with misconduct and contravening the ANC constitution.

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