Mantashe to Malema: Toe the line or face explusion

2010-05-28 17:24

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema has to toe the party

line or face expulsion, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said.

Reuters quoted Mantashe as having said in London: “If anyone

crosses the line he may have his membership summarily suspended. That goes not

just for Malema, but for everyone.”

Mantashe’s statement follows hot on the heels of President Jacob

Zuma’s assertion in Parliament yesterday that Malema’s views on the

nationalisation of mines were his own and not ANC policy.

“Mr Malema like any other South African had the right to his

views,” Zuma said in reply to a question in the National Assembly.

Zuma said: “His views are his views. Historically the ANCYL has had

very strong views. It does not mean these views will be accepted. We don’t have

a nationalisation policy as the ANC.”

But on Wednesday, Malema told Parliament’s mining portfolio

committee during public hearings on establishing a state-owned mining company

that he predicted that placing all mining rights and resources in state hands

would become ruling party policy in 2012.

He also urged an immediate moratorium on the issuing of mining

licences to prevent private companies from “looting” mines before they were

nationalised, which he said was inevitable.

According to media reports, ANCYL members blame Mantashe for

Malema’s recent disciplinary hearing, accusing him of driving the charges due to

the Malema-led push for Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to replace

Mantashe at the party’s elective conference in 2012.


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