Cosas won't support Julius Malema

2011-03-24 11:34

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Students (Cosas) feels that ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is giving the youth movement a bad name and will not back him for a second term, Cosas president Bongani Mani said on Thursday.

"We are not supporting Julius Malema for a second term because the character of the Youth League is under threat under his leadership," Mani said.

They would rather support the league's Gauteng chair Lebogang Maile, who is also the province's MEC for sport, culture, arts and recreation.

He said youth issues such as education were being ignored.

"They are fighting among themselves and coming to meetings heavily armed, so we don't have confidence in him," said Mani.

Insults ANC

"He is the one that insults the leadership of the ANC and insults the alliance component. The Youth League is the Youth League of the ANC and [if he has a problem] he must go straight to the ANC."

Mani says the whole of Cosas felt this way.

"It's an official position. We report all these problems to the Youth League ... but there is no action that has been taken."

The league is preparing for its 24th national congress to be held in June and nomination for new leadership began in February.

A statement in February warned that "no member of the ANC Youth League will be allowed to disrupt any of the Branch General Meetings that will happen and no member will be allowed next to the venue of the meetings under the influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating substance".

Offenders would face automatic expulsion from the league.

Support for Malema

Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu responded to Mani's statement by saying that Cosas was being used as a lobbying platform for an individual who did not have support within the league.

"Someone is using Cosas to lobby for themselves. Cosas is being used by certain individuals," he said.

So far league support had come out in favour of Malema in seven out of nine provinces with decisions from Gauteng and Western Cape outstanding.

He said that there was "no issue that has not been raised" regarding education matters.

They had been fundraising for students to go to school, ran a free sanitary towels campaign and campaigned against alcohol abuse.

"It is because of narrow factional battles that they are unable to see what we are doing."

  • Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:39

    Shame poor little toss!!!

      daaivark - 2011-03-24 11:52

      Who? Shivambu, Malema or Mani?

      Melly30 - 2011-03-24 11:57


      Geewiz - 2011-03-24 12:21

      No no you got it all wrong, Malema was secretly promoted to a general in SADF he’s on a secret mission to invade Swaziland, but please don’t tell anyone this is very secret

      IandI - 2011-03-24 12:30

      Maybe he can make use of his woodwork skills elsewhere, like a factory.Doing woodwork could be a revolutionary step for him. - 2011-03-24 13:19

      Any work would be revolutionary to him as the only thing that works is his loud mouth

      Mabuzi - 2011-03-24 13:36

      Finally some brave young souls stand up to be counted and return honor to this once mighty organization! Young dynamic forward thinking people with the youths intrest at heart! It's time to start moving those outdated milatants out a give rise to the New ANC

      Meanleader - 2011-03-29 11:16

      Let the fighting commence ! ... and those of you who said that not one of them had brains ... you're wrong ! There is one with brains ! One !

  • DW - 2011-03-24 11:40

    I seem to remember that when Malema became the leader there was a whole lot of controversy and accusations of vote rigging. What is to stop him from doing this again? As for campaigning agains alcohol abuse, what is the point when the leaders are the worst abusers, even cooking their boerewors in whiskey. Please tell these idiots to grow up! My teenage daughter is more mature than these youth "leaders"

      ji - 2011-03-24 12:20

      my dog is more mature and has more brains than these "youth leaders"

  • SlapTjip - 2011-03-24 11:42

    Seems like certain cultures never stop fighting. Pre 94 they fought for freedom & now they fight for the 500g T-Bone steak. In the mean time thousands of black people continue to be left behind like pre94 and post94. Just like worms, when meat rot many worms comes out, they all enjoy the meat till the meat is gone then start eating eachother....pfft politicians are just like worms I tell you..

      Pharo - 2011-03-24 12:52

      Those worms are called maggots............

  • Felix - 2011-03-24 11:45

    Get rid of him, and Floyd will follow on his leash...

      Thingamebob - 2011-03-24 12:26

      NOOooooo. He should stay. He needs to be out there and seen so people can know why the ANC are the way they are and he can be an asset to opposition parties when election comes., He's also an example of bad education and manners and everything Civilized.

      Jacques Jones - 2011-03-24 12:56

      @thingamebob no he should go the people listening to him actually believes him and that is a worrying thought.

  • SamuelMabena - 2011-03-24 11:49

    Our brothers and sisters are rising up against racist imcompetence. Viva freedom from elitist ANC, VIVA !!!

      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-03-24 12:01


  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-03-24 11:49

    Is there a word for DUMPED in the Pedi language?

      revolution - 2011-03-24 11:51


      thabiso.marumo - 2011-03-24 12:57

      Dumped in Pedi is Hlala or Hohlala.

  • daaivark - 2011-03-24 11:51

    SO FLoyd is now Julius' personal apologist. Not unexpected. It's about time the rank and file adopted a position like this.

      xorbak - 2011-03-24 12:55

      @steen respect your elders. the reason Malema has such a hold over the youth is because firstly they have no respect and secondly feel that working hard is a bad thing... and it comment not cemment you ignorant twat.

      Grant - 2011-03-24 13:12

      Steen - please pass that message onto Malema, at 30 he is too old for youth issues.

      Gustav - 2011-03-24 13:56

      @Steen. And exactly how does youth and Malema fit together. He's frikken 30 years old you idiot

      Rumbler - 2011-03-24 15:22

      Grant! Its got nothing to do with physical age! Its to do with mental age!

  • Darwinian - 2011-03-24 11:53

    ANCYL and COSAS: the biggest destroyers when it comes to the development of the youth

      DeonL - 2011-03-24 12:26

      Yes and it was someone from Cosas that told scholars to hit back at teachers. It was a great piece on this issue last night on E with Loyiso, loved the "child" with the "sambok".

      Cuba12 - 2011-03-24 13:00

      Don't forget the NYDA in your list mate

      MathysTheart - 2011-03-24 14:22

      Late Nite News rules! No favouritism, looks for k@k with everybody, not just the whites or just the blacks, everyone. Truly inspirational.

  • gizzy - 2011-03-24 11:57

    "Ran a sanitary towel campaign"!!!! Pity they didn't run a contraceptive campaign alongside it. Do the ANCYL know how many school girls fall pregnanat every year? How many of them impregnate these school girls? What a bunch of oxygen thieves!

  • mosali - 2011-03-24 11:57


      BokomoWeetbi - 2011-03-24 12:03

      There are many more of them, but the elitist are shutting them up! When they raise their voice and say that they want a specific candidate to vote for then they get ignored, when they protest the ignoration they get locked up - when they approach the media, they get suspended and the media gets taken to court. It is the second coming, the uprising. We are not a communist country, we are a democracy!!

      ray.romans - 2011-03-24 12:08

      Congratulations??? The same idiots who said that the students must start hitting their teachers in defence? No congratulations necessary here!

      jds - 2011-03-24 12:19

      @BokomoWeetbi-I am glad to hear this...that some people don't approve of Malema!The ANC's actions however is leaning more towards communism lately...and they are doing exactly what the apartheid goverment did. Ruling by power! Read Animal Farm...great read with regards to this topic!!

  • Johan - 2011-03-24 11:58

    Bravo !!!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-03-24 12:01

    Eish Julius, it's time to go back and use your woodwork skills. Hau, you may have to "carve" out a new future, maybe as a wood cutter in Hout Baai or chopping down trees in the Swaziland forests. Hamba Mr Pinocchio

      Shistirrer - 2011-03-24 12:12

      A thought just sprang to mind: If Julius ever had aspirations for President, how would he ever be able to assemble the Cabinet, with his woodworking skills?

      barkers - 2011-03-24 12:28

      @Shistirrer... LOL!! You have just made my day!

  • cheetahh - 2011-03-24 12:05

    Other countries have terrorism problems, well they are lucky. RSA have the ANCYL...

      Robert M - 2011-03-24 15:23

      @cheetahh Lmao you stupid you know

      cheetahh - 2011-03-25 09:17

      Robert, I actually must admit, I am being a bit stupid. Poor terrorists being compared to ANCYL, what was I thinking. Apologies to all terrorists out there.

  • coolwaynie - 2011-03-24 12:07

    This is unbelievable. A black movement making a positive change!

  • Phil - 2011-03-24 12:10

    Good for you, Malema is a very bad example for the youth and black people need to start realising this.

  • jkoorts - 2011-03-24 12:12


  • Dr. No - 2011-03-24 12:14

    Devide and conquer.

  • YES - 2011-03-24 12:18

    This is clear lack of democratic centralism, something gravely lacking within the ruling party and its alliance. Had Cosas leadership been taken through political education, in particular making public announcements, it would have found that it is a no-no to berate one another openly. The conduct of Cosas' president is an indictment to those charged with political education within the anc. This is surely unheard of in AZAPO.

      SiI - 2011-03-24 13:38

      Only in the world of communism is the answer to all the problems centralization. If someone is not happy with the direction their leader because they believe it will be harmfull to the populace they have a right to view their thoughts. Different story to berate a member of the same party in public but COSAS di only voice concerns that they share with a large number of people. And bye the bye, democratic centralism is an oxymoron. True democracy is delegating the problem to those able to solve it best. Mbeki centralized all the power to his office and see how that turned out

  • Bachbabe - 2011-03-24 12:22

    Ja Floyd. You have been fundraising for students to go back to school, campaigning for free sanitary towels and campaigning against alcohol abuse. True. But Ole' Jules has also been encouraging his followers to procreate for the revolution's sake.....more unwanted babies growing up into jobless youths.....more people getting AIDS, because to procreate you have to have unprotected sex. Real rocket scientist, this Floyd chappie.

  • Francois B - 2011-03-24 12:23

    I dont really see this in a positive light. These guys are the same idiots who asked students to hit their teachers. There are probably 1000's of Junior Malemas in the making. If Malema goes he will just be replaced by another idiot with the same agenda.

  • Mad Hatter - 2011-03-24 12:24

    Bravo COSAS ! Stick to your mandate of the concerns of students and don't let sycophant politicians distract you .

  • KaiinSA - 2011-03-24 12:33

    He said that there was "no issue that has not been raised" regarding education matters. A double negative equals a proof positive, therefore by reading that statement with correct English grammar it says "Yes issues have been raised regarding education matters". They are either trying to be too clever by using the word "no" as many times as possible to mislead people or they just can't string a sentence together.

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-03-24 12:33

    And this from an organization that encourages pupils to "hit back". LOL

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-24 12:41

    Every one says the same thing but what happens, they will still end up backing him. When will they be true to their words.

  • exocist - 2011-03-24 12:41


      thabiso.marumo - 2011-03-24 13:04

      The sad thing is another elitist will be elected and he also like the once before him will enrich himself along with his comrades, all this ANC elitist are gate keepers, the only defference is Malema's laundry is out in public the rest are just hiding thier dirty undies.

      paulf - 2011-03-24 15:15

      You right, the timing is always perfect to brain wash the sheep.

  • Janine - 2011-03-24 12:52

    Good news for a change!

  • Faahim - 2011-03-24 12:53

    Ha ha ha, Gauteng and the Western Cape are pending their decision's, Looks like Julius can't manipulate the smart ones. I hope the students stick to their guns on this one.

      cheetahh - 2011-03-25 09:54


  • brutonmeister - 2011-03-24 13:05

    well at least Malema is qualified to work at a fast food outlet... no wait he will fail the entrance exam ..

  • El Cid - 2011-03-24 13:05

    Give the man a drink I tell you. I didn't know that "youth" means 30 years old. That's kinda old already doncha think? Malamer has the brain cells of a Norweigian Gnat.

  • Slapper - 2011-03-24 13:07

    He gives the whole country a bad name, but..... He does give us a lot of laughs.

  • unblind - 2011-03-24 13:10

    cosas is well within their rights to withdraw their support from julius malema. i think they should have tried to lobby other organisations to support them in their stance before taking it public. as things stand, there is an overwhelming support for malema in the ancyl and sasco supports him as well. they may find that they have just isolated themselves and end up achieving nothing at all. Lebohang is not going to topple Malema anytime soon

      gizzy - 2011-03-24 14:07

      You know this for sure unblind????

      unblind - 2011-03-24 15:00

      yes i do

  • call a spade - 2011-03-24 13:36

    Not one of the commentators support this bunch of ancyl scum. YEBO we are slowly getting somewhere.

      MathysTheart - 2011-03-24 14:26

      If malema reads this, he'll just call everyone racist agents, LOL.

  • Molop - 2011-03-24 13:45

    The racist bigot thinks that we need their stupid , ill-informed racist comment to make the decision of who must becme the President of the Anyl. Cosas , you morons, does not have any voting rights nor any form of official status within the ANCYL process , their word is neither here nor there.

      willieman - 2011-03-24 13:53

      Please explain yourself, stop hiding behind calling others racist and morons

      gizzy - 2011-03-24 14:08

      Bwaaaaah, racist? Now there's someone admitting that blacks are also racist!

  • Shacadelick - 2011-03-24 14:00

    Plse vote 4him he'll cause da anc to lose theire support

  • Shacadelick - 2011-03-24 14:03

    He is da Anc's biggest enemy

  • cdnmoose - 2011-03-24 14:19

    The Jews say their youth becomes a man at 13 in a Bar Mitzvah, most countries claim it to be 18 when they send their sons to war, and some say 21 when you can finally have a drink. So what does it say when a 30 year old claims to speak for the youth of this country? I think it says he can't get any other work. What a maroon!!!!

  • The Ted Vos - 2011-03-24 14:24

    Floyd and Jellytot stomping their feet and frothing at the mouth while launching into a incoherent rage about "counter-revolutionaries, white imperialist puppets, intellectual weaklings" and threats of violence in 3... 2... 1...

      Mikea - 2011-03-24 15:10

      Spot on. What a thick braindead bunch of Oxygen Thieves!!!

  • mosali - 2011-03-24 15:00


  • Mikea - 2011-03-24 15:08

    Floyd you little TOSS, what have you ever done. You are too stupid. You really are a Pathetic Bunch.

      Badger - 2011-03-24 15:41

      Floyd cannot read. A picture will perhaps help. (do not make the picture too complicated)

  • paulf - 2011-03-24 15:13

    Now do you all see how things operate in SA. The trade unions etc. all tell their members who to vote for. It is like farting against thunder.

  • Badger - 2011-03-24 15:18

    Coming to meetings heavily armed. Haha what a lot of swines. Who in his right mind will attend a party meeting heavily armed. (armed with what? perhaps SAP guns)

  • Robert M - 2011-03-24 15:33

    I hope malema doesnt go Gaddafi on the cosas goons

  • Marius - 2011-03-24 16:02


  • Podgette - 2011-03-24 16:17

    Free Sanitary towel campaign" is not going to sort the education issues - seems the phiranas are starting to turn on each other :)

  • julius - 2011-03-28 20:25

  • JadedJay - 2011-03-29 10:38

    I can't believe it...a lucid thought from an African youth organisation in South Africa. Is it not 1 April?

  • wide awake - 2011-03-29 10:56

    Just when you think he couldn't possibly say something dumber than he's previous comment, he comes out with another one more dumb than the one before, this guy gets more stupid as he goes along. Supported by corrupt racist scraps cANCer. lol is this government for real, they one big corrupt racist joke, should invite 'mad Bob' etc to help them screw the country totally, f*** useless scraps.

  • dies irae - 2011-03-29 11:50

    besides dom dark key koring koppe who else will attent these foolish youth meetings where this youth leaders could have been parents of most attending SO THEY ARE OUT TO KILL ANY OPPOSITION EVEN FROM WITH IN , CAN YOU SEE THE SUPPORT FOR CHOP MOEGGABI & KAFADAFI. youth @ 30 and up so black people only become adults after 30 years, big babies.

  • K@K Praat? - 2011-03-30 09:45

    Looks like taxpayers money is starting to work after it out!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-04-02 20:29

    I believe that COSAS is a thinking organization.