Julius Malema 'still our leader'

2012-04-25 15:08

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape came out in support of their expelled president Julius Malema on Wednesday.

They said as far as they were concerned he remained their leader until their next elective conference in 2014.

"We have taken a decision, amongst other resolutions, to support our president until 2014. So we will rally behind the president until 2014," said Che Selane, spokesperson for the league in Limpopo.

"We are not going to appoint anybody [else]. We will go to him for advice," he said of Malema, who hails from Limpopo.

Although Malema would not be articulating the league's views, there are other leaders in the league who could do so.

'Still the president of the youth league'

"Like myself, I'm articulating the views of the youth league, so it doesn't warrant an individual. Wherever he is, he is still the president of the youth league," said Selane.

"He was elected by a membership that was converged at Gallagher [Estate], he was not elected by [ANC president Jacob] Zuma."

As far as the league in Limpopo was concerned, as long as people were still living in poverty, battling to get an education or a job, the journey was not over.

Selane said Malema was unshaken by the "silly decision".

"They have tried and tested him for many years."

He said appointing an acting president was out of the question as far as Limpopo was concerned.

However, an anti-Julius Malema group in his hometown of Seshego, Limpopo, welcomed the expulsion.

"This is the news we have been waiting for," the group's spokesperson, Boy Mamabolo, told SABC radio news.

"We are happy that Malema has finally been expelled. He has been running the youth league as if it is a family trust," said Malema's political rival.

He said the group was planning to hold celebrations later on Wednesday.

Mamabolo was part of a group that held its own ANCYL provincial elective conference at the weekend, parallel to the main conference that happened at the same time.

In Eastern Cape, Mziwonke Ndabeni, provincial secretary of the ANCYL there said: "These are difficult moments in the history of the struggle of the history of young people in South Africa, [like] when we wake up in the morning and we hear that we don't have a leader.

"But we are coping with the situation."

The biggest blow was losing the "face" of the league's broad mandate to lobby for the nationalisation of mineral wealth, for free education, for jobs and for the expropriation of land without compensation.

"Julius Malema was elected unopposed... This demonstrated the confidence of young people [in him] and he was given a mandate to champion a programme of action. He was the face of that mandate," said Ndabeni.

He said his province believed the charges against Malema did not warrant a political process, but rather engagement between the league and the ANC.

"But to come this far, represents to us a particular trend which in our view will not take the struggles of young people in South Africa forward."

Malema was not the only one who could take the struggle forward, but it was never anticipated that his term would end the way it did.

League's image damaged

The Eastern Cape expressed concern over what it described as the media's portrayal of the youth as unruly, careless and ungovernable.

"There are unintended consequences beyond Julius Malema."

Ndabeni said he believed the events had damaged the image of the league, but there was also no question that Malema was still the president.

The Eastern Cape differed from Limpopo in that it felt it important that an acting president be appointed until there was a final resolution at the ANC conference in Mangaung - Malema's last chance to contest his expulsion.

"Our view as the Eastern Cape is that we advance a particular programme of action and we can't do it without a face or head of that campaign.

"Between now and December, somebody must act, so that we continue to advocate the policies. Not to say we are replacing Julius Malema. Because at this stage it is not a closed matter," it said.

  • Trotse - 2012-04-25 15:11

    And so the ANC divide Starts....

      DSBennie - 2012-04-25 15:18


      James - 2012-04-25 15:29


      Alan - 2012-04-25 15:51

      whahaa - methinks Juju will be wearing an orange suit soon. Maybe the others in the YL should rather concentrate on how to explain their tax affairs to SARS.

      Willie - 2012-04-25 15:59

      Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape came out in support of their expelled president......these two provinces have always had the lowest matric past rate! Say no more!!!

  • Gestoffle - 2012-04-25 15:11

    I see a rebellion on the civil war imminent?

      ngoako.mathekga - 2012-04-25 15:21

      not Civil war, it would have started long time ago when Mbheki was recalled and I don't seet it happeing just because of Malema.

      Kim - 2012-04-25 15:22

      Why so very keen for civil war guy? Have you ever been in a war? You would not be so ready with these words if you have.

      Piet - 2012-04-25 15:34

      Kim have you been in war?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-25 15:44

      @ngoako.mathekga - I hope you right! @KimMay - Perhaps you didnt see the "?" @KimMay - I don't see the word "keen" in my sentence :-/ @KimMay - Yes I have, there is war in SA right now with all the murders going on..... :-( @KimMay - The civil war that I am talking about is between the two cANCer divides; I dont support the CNA or CNAYL - i will just watch it unfold. ie just a spectator. 8-/ @KimMay - History will tell you that two factions will kill each other first....and then try to negotiate.....(You might not get that one) 8-/

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-04-25 15:14

    In denial

      Alan - 2012-04-25 15:53

      yeah - lke the Pres of Egypt - In De Nile as well

      barry.mcbride - 2012-04-25 18:04

      @Alan: LOL, good one :)

  • Rabble-Rouser - 2012-04-25 15:15

    Then follow your leader into political oblivion.

  • Rofhiwa - 2012-04-25 15:18

    its part of Mourning, they will get over it. lets ignore them.

      Alan - 2012-04-25 15:53

      Yeah - tomorrow mourning

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-04-25 15:18

    I say good riddance to bad rubbish

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-25 15:18

    The blind leading the blind

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-04-25 15:19

    Leader of 25 incompetent illiterate idiots????

  • Deon - 2012-04-25 15:23

    Wake up, he is gone.

  • Marion - 2012-04-25 15:24

    Yada yada yada - Stop running around in ever-diminishing circles and appoint an alternate leader before you all disappear up your own backsides.

  • Oamis - 2012-04-25 15:29

    So long as poverty rules the lives of young unemployed south africans with no hope for the future, populists like Malema will rule the day......Malema is gone, but will be be replaced by another populist, who will promise the youth 'economic freedom' , all the while growing FAT from tenderpreneurship ...

  • mike.clery - 2012-04-25 15:31

    According to them, they're somehow not subject to the rules of the ANC, so all they have to do is stop calling themselves the *A N C* youth league. Then we'll see how much support they have and how far they go. They can't trade on the ANC's name and support and then say they're "independent".

  • Thomo - 2012-04-25 15:32

    malemas expeltion has not made a difference to me as a youth because im a youth legue member but than they way we have struggled to launch our wards in ateridgeville has made alot of my comrades lose hope in the youth legue nd its leader, because the youth in my neighbourhood dont understand whats going on with anything.

  • Tlou - 2012-04-25 15:32

    Haters u gna drink ur own bitter concoctn soon, Malema is our president nd Zuma is the president of hs million children. President Malema u cal a spade a spade thts y they hate u...

      Nigel - 2012-04-25 17:31

      you are now on the outside my friend, you have a new enemy to hate, you are still confused but you will eventually work it out, go & fight with them, good luck you will need it.

      Sean - 2012-04-25 19:02

      Just goes to show , no f@cken brain , but full of arrogance !! Bunch of f@cken idiots !!

  • yolanda.mdidimba - 2012-04-25 15:38

    Huge loss for anc

      Alan - 2012-04-25 15:54

      I dont think so...

  • desmond.joshua2 - 2012-04-25 15:47

    who is this clown malema,bobo?

  • Dazz - 2012-04-25 15:48

    that is called loyalty.

      mike.clery - 2012-04-25 15:58

      When will South Africans stop behaving as if political parties/groups are soccer teams?

      Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-25 18:15

      Barcelona where knocked \out\ in UEFA yesterday nyt!!!ki ki ki ki

      Sean - 2012-04-25 19:04

      Yes Dazz , even if fatboy was wrong and doesn`t abide by the rules ??? What ever suits you is fine , ffs , try and grow a brain !

  • Thebe - 2012-04-25 15:50

    Yes, no one is denying that he is still your leader, now show your true comradeship and help him pack his stuff at Lithuli House.

      Tlou - 2012-04-25 15:55

      We are busy helping him pack Zumbaaaa at luthuli house. Lv him, hate him, judge him bt he is here to stay.

  • Collen - 2012-04-25 15:55


      DJPotifar - 2012-04-25 16:16

      Ag siestog shame

      Marion - 2012-04-25 16:18

      @collen - He is terminated, not Terminator.

      indianajohn - 2012-04-25 18:33

      Why would someone who supports Julius Malema have a photo of Nelson Mandela as their avatar? You really have no clue what's going on do you?

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 14:27

      HaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!!!!! What an optimist!!!!

  • bmutoti - 2012-04-25 16:02

    viva cde Malema>>>we stand strong during these trying times to our brother leader. The ANC has missed on a natural born leader, leaders like Malema are hard to come by and the expulsion of Malema will only deepen the country into further crisis. Malema has never represented or aired any personal belief or policy but that of the milions that rally behind him. By expelling Malema the ANC is not realising that the are expelling millions others behind him. Withou using emotions, malema raised serious issues that are affecting the everyday life of the ordinary black south african>> one wld beg to differ and attack Malemas character but the truth is "there can never be a wrong or right way of saying the right things'. Let this be an opportunity to those forces that are in control of the country's natural resources to sit down and see how they can share into this wealth theat rightfully belong to the natives of this country because if not, when table are turned and the third force comes into power, land, mines, business and a lot more will be lost.

      Marion - 2012-04-25 16:19

      @bmutoti - Let him test his power base by starting his own political party. He has lots of very wealthy friends. They can back him.

      mike.clery - 2012-04-25 16:20

      Brother Leader? That was Muammar Gaddafi's name, and he wasn't very popular. Who are "those forces that are in control of the country's natural resources", and who do you mean by "the natives of this country"?

      Nigel - 2012-04-25 17:33

      ever heard of wealth creation?

      zs5zk - 2012-04-26 14:30

      Love this coming crisis.

  • Barker - 2012-04-25 16:10

    They should just check their constitution. Does it allow for any non member of the ANC to be President of the ANCYL? Just asking.

      moses.masondo - 2012-04-25 16:52

      Malema u fight on and soon he will baunce back.

  • braamc - 2012-04-25 16:37

    If you f%$cken stupid then you stupid as they are

  • Ferdie Van Der Merwe - 2012-04-25 16:52

    The ANCYL is just as pathetic as Malema!!!

      Phathutshedzo - 2012-04-27 20:41

      malema is not pathertic he is one of our own nd he wil alwys b our president until 2014 weather u lyk it or not ,

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-25 17:14

    As per (survivor) mr malema the tribe has spoke u need to get off the island , (monopoly) do not collect 200 rand do not go back to the start , I am glad the anc has started clamping down on the rogue would be's , now they just need to do the same with those that are corrupt, and hopefully the same will happen to scamral

  • Nigel - 2012-04-25 17:24

    hahaha, its ironic that the 2 provinces where education has collapsed, the ANCYL support the lying boy.

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-04-25 18:48

    1 NDC member Caught singing:\r\nHow about a round of applause\r\nA standing ovation\r\nBut you put on quite a show\r\nReally had me going\r\nNow it's time to go\r\nCurtain's finally closing\r\nThat was quite a show\r\nVery entertaining\r\nBut it's over now (but it's over now)\r\nGo on and take a bow\r\nBut it's over now

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 22:54

      And so? That's a real song dummy

  • Cyprian - 2012-04-25 22:25

    Since malema is suspended or dismissed.. Den al de members of ANCYL frm different provinces, thy hv 2 reconcil nd b united cz thy were divided into 2 peaces nd tnx 2 malema

  • Cyprian - 2012-04-25 22:25

    Since malema is suspended or dismissed.. Den al de members of ANCYL frm different provinces, thy hv 2 reconcil nd b united cz thy were divided into 2 peaces nd tnx 2 malema

  • Cyprian - 2012-04-25 22:26

    Since malema is suspended or dismissed.. Den al de members of ANCYL frm different provinces, thy hv 2 reconcil nd b united cz thy were divided into 2 peaces nd tnx 2 malema

  • DanielEwens1 - 2012-04-25 22:50

    Good for the ANCYL. They must stand up to Jacob The Dictator and the New World Order, and deliver economic freedom in the LIFETIME of the people of South Africa!

  • Collen - 2012-04-26 12:25


  • zs5zk - 2012-04-26 14:22

    An ANCYL of uneducated leaderless members that are only brave when they are in a crowd but find one on his own in the road, he is as polite as Hell and very quite. In the singular they are not brave at all but inherently COWARDS.

  • zs5zk - 2012-04-26 14:25

    Wonder if Julius will be a good Garden boy as he now has to go and find a job until he is arrested for his crimes. If he can handle a spade, don`t employ him as he will come back at night and Murder you.

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 22:52


  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 22:51

    Haha leader of the apes maybe

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 22:56

    What a circus! And so many clowns!

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