HAS BEEN: Julius Malema, who ruled the ANCYL with unquestioned authority, is likely to be replaced by Lubabalo Molefe. Picture: REFENTSE SEBOTHOMA
While questions are asked about who will replace expelled ANC Youth League Leader Julius Malema, former youth league NEC member Lubabalo Molefe is rolling up his sleeves to become the next president of the movement, it emerged on Tuesday.
Molefe may be languishing at the back seat of the South Africa’s political scene, but The New Age can today reveal he is working hard towards thrusting himself onto the forefront of the mainstream political arena.
Highly placed sources in the ANCYL told The New Age that Molefe, who hails from the Eastern Cape, was presently enjoying the full support of several ANC and ANCYL structures to succeed Malema. These, according to the sources, include the provincial executive committees (PEC) of the youth league in the Eastern Cape, Free State and Mpumalanga, – as well as the PEC of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.
A source, who asked not to be named, said Molefe was very excited at the prospect of being the next ANCYL president.
“Lubabalo has always been talking about the matter since the beginning of this week. And it seems he cannot wait to be the next president of the movement,” the source said.
The only victory Molefe tasted in the mainstream politics was when he was elected an ANCYL NEC member in 2008, a position he vacated in 2011. His voice had since then subsequently been heard mainly at civic movement structures and through the opinion pieces he contributed to various publications. Molefe, unlike Malema, is therefore not the kind of a political figure that many ordinary people can easily identify with at first glance.
Another source in the upper echelons of the ANCYL, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said Molefe earned notoriety from the Malema faction in the league because he was always against corrupt practices in the movement. “Those who favour him now in the league are the ones who supported President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung,” a source said.
This gives him a better chance to become the president of the league,” said a source.
Contacted for comment, Molefe admitted that he was ready to become the next ANCYL president. He pointed out, however, that his victory would depend on the democratic election processes.