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Limpopo
Mar 19 2012 11:14AM
 
Battle lines drawn over Malema issue
CEMENTED: The ANCYL’s Peter Mokaba region says it will support whatever decision the party takes. Picture: Leon Sadiki
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Mpho Dube

With all eyes on the fate of embattled ANCYL president Julius Malema, mixed feelings have emerged from the youth organisation’s members in Limpopo regarding his expulsion.

Several comrades from ANC’s Peter Mokaba region said they would support whatever decision the party took on Malema.

The anti-Malema faction led by regional chairperson Billy Choshi, regional secretary Edgar Maleka, and sub-regional secretary Joel Seabi said: “We will support any decision made by the ANC national executive committee and ANC national appeals committee with regard to Malema.

“That is our position and we are very clear on that; we respect our leadership and our elders.”

Seabi told The New Age that their position was cemented during their recent regional general council (RGC) meeting.

“It can’t be correct if we dispute our leaders and elders’ decision on this issue. We will respect their decision without fear or favour.”

Boy Mamabolo, chairperson of Mailo Malatjie branch in Seshego – the branch where Malema comes from – said Malema had not paid his dues since 2009.

“His membership is not in good standing,” said Mamabolo.

Malema dismissed Mamabolo’s allegations. “My membership is in good standing and it expires next year. You can ask the ANC, they have investigated this matter. Mamabolo is a boy; he is out of order,” said Malema.

But ANCYL provincial spokesperson Che Selane said: “The ANCYL in Limpopo rallies behind president Malema and the entire leadership of the ANCYL, elected at the youth league’s national conference last year at Gallagher Estate (in Midrand), will remain in place until the end of its term in 2014.”

Selane lambasted Mamabolo and Peter Mokaba region’s anti-Malema faction, labelling them “thugs who are not members of the ANC and ANCYL”.

Malema’s allies led by ANCYL provincial chairperson Frans Moswane, and ANCYL provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo, said the ANCYL provincial executive committee (PEC) doesn’t recognise Malema’s expulsion.

Moswane said the ANCYL would remain autonomous, and stressed that Malema’s expulsion was politically motivated. “The youth leagues is autonomous and our mandate is not to rub shoulders with the heavyweights within the ANC. Malema’s expulsion is political. We can’t rule out that this is about Mangaung (the venue of ANC’s next conference later this year),” said Moswane.

In the light of public violence about three weeks ago at Seshego, where Malema’s supporters were attacked at his grandmother’s home by the anti-Malema faction, Lebogo warned: “We are dealing with hired thugs who are not members of the ANCYL.

“They attacked us and we defended ourselves. You as media can even assist in identifying those involved in shooting guns and throwing stones at us. “They were shooting at us and throwing stones in front of the police,” said Lebogo, Malema’s strongest backer.

mphod@thenewage.co.za

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