Julius backs Zuma for 2012

2010-05-24 00:00

THE position of president of the African National Congress (ANC) will not be among those to be contested at its 2012 elective conference to be held in Mangaung “as President Jacob Zuma is going to lead the ANC beyond 2012”.

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said this during his keynote address at the opening of the ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal congress held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban at the weekend.

Referring to his recent disciplining, Malema said that as the leader of the ANC, Zuma has the authority “to call to order” any member of the organisation he feels is not toeing the line.

Although the ANC national executive committee (NEC) has barred its members from discussing the issue of succession for 2012, Malema said Zuma will continue to lead after 2012.

It is not the first time that the issue of Zuma continuing to lead the ANC and the country beyond his current term has been aired in public debate.

Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was the first to hint that Cosatu will support Zuma taking on the second term as president of the country, despite the fact that Zuma said he wanted to serve only one term.

Malema said to rapturous applause: “We have defended Zuma when it was not fashionable to do so. As the leader of the ANC he has the right to call us to order and we will never seek to question his authority and when we have different views, we will express them to him behind closed doors.”

The ANCYL president dismissed reports that the ANCYL is seeking to replace ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe with former ANCYL president Fikile Mbalula, the Deputy Police Minister.

“We will speak when the time is right on whether we want to replace the secretary-general with Mbalula.”

On the subject of the KZN league elections, Malema criticised heckling among the delegates, who were clearly divided about their candidate lists, with two factions in contention.

Referring to the chaotic ANCYL conference in Limpopo and the aborted one in the Eastern Cape, Malema said the problems erupted during the accreditation process and hinted that the solution might lie in outsourcing this process.

“If we cannot do it professionally, why don’t we outsource it [accreditation of conference delegates]? We are no longer operating underground. We have to avoid a situation whereby delegates are frustrated and discouraged by our accreditation process.”

Even during the KwaZulu-Natal congress, the accreditation process did not go smoothly, with computer problems delaying it for a full day.

When the conference started, some delegates who had been disqualified were locked out.

With no sessions on Friday night, delegates passed the time partying to loud sound systems in their vehicles, drinking and toyi-toyiing.

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