Limpopo premier defends youth league

2011-12-17 20:15

Polokwane - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale has come out in defence of the beleaguered ANC Youth League by saying corrective measures against its leaders should not be “draconian”.

He also called for disciplinary action to be applied even-handedly.

Mathale has become one of the few senior ANC leaders to speak out in defence of the league following the five-year suspension of its leader, Julius Malema.

Malema’s appeal against this suspension is expected to be heard within the next few weeks.

“Disciplinary action must not be abused for that will cause and promote factionalism whilst eroding important elements of unity and cohesion,” he said on Saturday in his political report to about 1 000 delegates attending the ANC’s Limpopo conference just outside Polokwane.

Mathale supported the league’s call for internal disciplinary action to be applied even-handedly.

“We must never take advantage of our positions or influence in the movement by using important instruments which are meant to contribute towards the building of a strong organisation to achieve narrow political interests,” he said.

Mathale also said the ANC should give the league “the necessary space to think on its own and to articulate its views without any fear or prejudice”.

He said the ANC should not “sponsor” the league with ideas, but it must generate its own.

“Where the youth league has committed grave mistakes, corrective measures must be employed to show them the way, but not measures draconian.

"It is not in our best interest to have the youth league that cannot bring new ideas in the ANC.

"We must not attempt to redefine the militant character for the youth league,” he said.

He also said the league’s role of “determining the outcomes of political meetings in the organisation” should not be “eroded or frustrated”.


The league has previously expressed its support for Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to take over from incumbent secretary general Gwede Mantashe as part of a leadership that would oust President Jacob Zuma.

Many have interpreted Malema’s suspension to have been an attempt by Zuma to silence the league.

Mathale also said the league’s call for the nationalisation of the country’s mines - which he said was historically part of the ANC’s call - should not be silenced.

“The youth league must not be condemned or called names for speaking the language of the ANC,” he said.

“We must acknowledge that the role and challenges of the youth league are bigger than they were before.”

Malema sat in the front row on stage on Saturday, next to senior provincial and national ANC leaders.

He arrived at the conference leading a group of people singing Mathale’s praises and singing mocking songs about Zuma’s 2006 rape trial remarks about taking a shower after sex to prevent the spread of Aids.

  • jruppersberg - 2011-12-17 20:58

    How stupid must you be to still support these morons? The ANCYL have proven over and over that they are a bunch of uneducated idiots. My poodle has more common sense than an ANCYL supporter!

      Shadoz66 - 2011-12-17 21:02

      You will probely find that he has a hand in some sort of tender and corruption. I think that is the only reason they would throw support behind the ANCYL.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-17 21:02

      If they were under 18 years of age I might agree; but, these middle aged dropouts need a kick in the pants. Grow up bafoons.

      Taetjo - 2011-12-18 08:20

      @Shadoz66, he is currently being investigated and he is on the brink of collapse. Yes, he has been behefitting from tenders nd that is no secret in Polokwane.

      John - 2011-12-18 09:19

      I do not support the ANCYL. I believe that they are lying on purpose to deceive THE PEOPLE and steal the People's Money via government contracts. Their lies have been proven wrong by the fall of the central control system in Russia and China.

      John - 2011-12-18 16:58

      to the tune of Mfana Malema, Jesus loves you, Malema, Your mother loves you, Malema, Your father loves, Repent, Mampara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say all that? Lets have a look: Malema is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalisation. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

  • eddiebant - 2011-12-17 21:01

    Fighting for his own ass.Got to impress some one to stay in power.

  • Paul - 2011-12-17 21:02

    So says Malema's partner in crime. If you had the ability to run your province Cassel Mathale within the same framework set out by national government you would not have had to call on treasury to bail you out of your R750m overdraft.

      Paul - 2011-12-17 21:10

      The same party constitution that you have stood for all these years is now 'draconian'. Your 'chop shop' mentality will soon turn around and bite you.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-17 21:20

    Thus spake Zuma's arch-enemy et al. When it suited them to elevate Zuma to power, as part of their grand scheme to overthrow Mbeki, they did so without blinking an eyelid. If only to give these vagabonds a taste of their own medicine, Zuma should get a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th terms. And may his shower grow taller, stronger, and more vibrant as to spite those who put him in office fully knowing the guy had a shower growing on his head.

  • Esperanca - 2011-12-17 21:31

    blah blah blah - deal with your failures instead of dishing advice.

  • Jan - 2011-12-17 21:43

    Mr Mathale himself is in need of a bit of draconian rule. It seems that politics kept him from applying much needed leadership in his province. He should learn that the job of premier also involves working.

  • Max - 2011-12-17 21:44

    The nationalisation of mines is a bailout strategy for the ANC elite's shares in bankrupt mines. Nothing more and nothing less, the sheeple is unfortunately just not able to understand this.

  • brieuse - 2011-12-17 21:53

    I'm assuming he had his "vote" on the matter when it was appropriate seeing as he is so "senior". Now that the decision didn't suit him, he's decided to go against the wishes of his party and try voice his own opinion publicly with scant regard to the authority of the other leaders of the ANC. This is a fine example of the lack of discipline throughout the ranks of the ANC.

  • Max - 2011-12-17 21:58

    Come to think of it, the black youth in South Africa is the part of the population that is screwd over the hardest by the ANC in terms of broken promises. Their loyalty to the ANC defies logic.

  • Thozi - 2011-12-17 23:38

    Why shouldn't he? He's bank-rolled them to the tune of millions of Rand with illegal tenders. Some of them even ended up buying purple suits.

      Bert - 2011-12-18 11:37

      purple suits! whatever they wear, still look like a bag of sh*t tied up in the middle

  • Geronimo - 2011-12-18 02:23

    I am growing tired of all the shenanigans our "friends" in Limpopo seem to get up to these days. They are a conniving bunch up there... either secede and create your own banana republic or join Zimbabwe. Either way, leave the rest of SA in peace.

      Leonie - 2011-12-18 07:04

      Limpopo se nuwe naam: Zimbabwe Suid!

  • Kevin - 2011-12-18 05:26

    From what I have seen and heard most of them are not leaders, but rather thugs with big voices that talk on subjects that they will never know anything about.Some would say bloody idiots

  • Piet - 2011-12-18 06:34

    According to the Vavi report he received money from the ANCYL as tender projects were given to malema. Naturally he will sing their praise as it is the goose with the golden eggs

  • Thabang - 2011-12-18 07:23

    The current "ANCYL",and to a large extend,the current ANC provincial leadership,especially in Limpopo,is influenced by people with a mentality of a "dead fly",for lack of a better discription.Men and women have graduated from pickpocketing in the streets to stealing from the poor through looting state money meant for the poor and the unemployed.It istime for change.The new leadership of Dr.Joe Phaahla should be aware that we are going to watch them like a hawk(HAWKS).

  • Andrew - 2011-12-18 10:52

    Malema, this is the man who openly stated he would lay down his life for the President JZ and is now mocking him. This just once more shows he has no moral fibre and lacks integrity. No wonder the ANCYL members disrespect their elders at present.

      Thozi - 2011-12-18 11:34

      Actually, the toad said he would "kill" for Zuma, not "die" for him. You see, it's always not his fault, but others' that he has to sacrifice in order to achieve a goal; like sacrificing poor and ignorant masses for lucrative tenders. Now he lives a life of a hollywood star without ever doing an honest day's work, while his ardent supportes wallow in poverty - serves them right though, that's what they voted for. Only problem's that they're taking decent and honest folks down with them (to a "Zimbabwe").

  • Bert - 2011-12-18 11:29

    Limpopo! Well he would wouldn't he! sickest province outside of the Eastern Cape.

  • millicentmnish - 2011-12-19 13:21

    not everyone at the ANCYL is eneducated- there quite a lot of members who are intelligent, the problem president himself is a fool and surrounds himself with idiots like him. those who are intelligents seats and watch a bunch fools leading a sinking ship.that has warrented the youth league to be labelled as bunch of fools- if only the big idiot can be removed ull b suprised of what the ANCYL can achieve- WHO WILL REMOVE THE FOOL - I NEED A MAN TO REMOVE THE FOOL

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