Masoga remains defiant

2010-07-21 16:31

Lehlogonolo Masoga, ANC youth leader Julius Malema’s arch-enemy, says he doesn’t recognise the league’s decision to expel him.

Addressing a media briefing in Polokwane today – called by a parallel ANC youth league provincial structure he leads – the league’s former Limpopo chairperson said his three co-accused would no longer attend what he termed a kangaroo court.

Masoga also promised to reconvene the chaotic Makhado provincial conference in Skukune in the second week of next month, and made it clear he would not appeal the decision to expel him because he does not recognise the national disciplinary committee’s decision announced on Monday.

“What that means is that the issue of the disciplinary hearing and the expulsion doesn’t arise. I’m still a member of the youth league in good standing. That product (the disciplinary hearing) has no basis here and we reject it thoroughly,” Masoga said.

He added that even if he were to recognise the outcome it would be impossible for him to appeal because the ANCYL constitution says he must get the permission of the league’s national executive committee, which is a complainant in this case. “They cannot be a referee and a player at the same time.”

Masoga said he did not feel tricked by the ANC into withdrawing his court interdict against the league because he has confidence that the ruling party would deal with the issue as promised.

Malema and his national leadership, not Masoga, had defied the ANC by reneging on an agreement brokered by the ruling party’s top brass, Masoga said.

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