We're not scared of the EFF - Lamola

2015-07-28 07:02
Former Deputy president of the ANC Youth League Ronald Lamola. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

Former Deputy president of the ANC Youth League Ronald Lamola. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

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Pretoria - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), under Julius Malema, is not a threat to the ANC Youth League, former deputy president Ronald Lamola said.

"The advantage of the youth league is that it is the youth league of the ruling party, it's not like it's a government in waiting," he told News24 in reference to the EFF's notion that it is a government in waiting.

"It's the youth league of the government of the day. We are not going to wait for the future and say we are a government in waiting."

Lamola said it was through the ANC that the youth league was able to effect change which would attract the majority of young people.

Lamola is expected to stand for ANC Youth League leader at its national elective congress in September.

Malema expulsion

He was acting ANCYL president after Julius Malema was expelled and was heading up the league when it was dissolved in 2013.

Lamola used to be a strong supporter of Malema, even insisting he was still the ANCYL leader when the ANC took disciplinary action against him and expelled the firebrand leader.

However, just before the ANC's 2012 Mangaung elective conference, Lamola changed his tune.

He told News24 this was because the ANCYL had to accept the final decision by the ruling party not to deal with an appeal by Malema at the congress.

"We respected the outcome and we said the youth league must move on and go to its own national general council. But unfortunately it was then dissolved, which we respected.

"While we might not have agreed with it, we respected it."

Lamola said he never considered leaving the ANCYL to join Malema's EFF. He was also never approached to do so.

But it never crossed his mind to join the EFF.

"We have always believed the economic freedom we are fighting for in the structures of the youth league can only be achieved in the ANC.

'There is no friendship between us'

"We need a vast majority of the previously marginalised to amend the Constitution to effect many changes that the country needs, and to effect laws that can impact the economy of the country.

"So if the previously marginalised become fragmented, it will be difficult to effect the changes that we are talking about. That's why we believe the ANC remains the organisation."

On his relationship with Malema, Lamola said there was never really a friendship there.

He was more friendly with current EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu.

"When we meet, we greet each other but there is no friendship between us.

"For us, we hold different views on how South Africa must move forward and we hold different views on which vehicle to use to build a better country and economic freedom.

"That's where it ends for us. I can't say there is any friendship which is still there."

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