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ANC leaders are sellouts - Malema

By Kingdom Mabuza | 2012-02-27 06:38:43.0

WHITE people are gaining political confidence since the ANC silenced the leadership of its youth wing.

This was said by suspended ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema as he went on the attack yesterday, calling white people "settlers" and accusing the ANC leadership of betraying Nelson Mandela.

"This is our land. We will fight for this land and if the leadership of the revolution is not prepared to defend it, the economic freedom fighters will do it," he said.

Malema accused the ANC leadership of betraying Mandela by "not putting settlers in their place".

Malema, who was speaking in Kliptown, Soweto, also said ANC leaders who used to speak at the ANCYL rallies have turned their backs on the organisation in "apparent fear of victimisation".

"Those from the Freedom Front who say we do not own 40 percent of this land say so because they know that the radical voice of the ANC is banned," Malema said.

"The white rightwingers are gaining confidence again because there is nobody who challenges them.

"They think they can say anything they want. They are not starting with the land, they started with our songs and we thought they were playing.

"We are told by the rightwing leader (Pieter Mulder) of a racist organisation called the Freedom Front, that South Africa does not belong to us.

"Our leadership, instead of attending to him thoroughly and putting him in his place, they are avoiding him.

"We will never disappoint Madiba and we must communicate it to Madiba that we will never sell out.

"Mandela stayed in prison for 27 years so that we can reclaim this land. We know that the settlers have committed a black genocide."

He said since the ANC leadership "sidelined" the league ANC leaders who were willing to make appearances at ANCYL rallies before have disappeared.

"Today the youth league has got very few friends. In the past all of them were fighting to address rallies of the league, but today all of them are nowhere to be found. When days are dark friends are few.

"People must never confuse fear with respect," Malema added. He said the current tension between the youth league and the ANC could be resolved through dialogue which he claimed the mother body "was avoiding".

"It is difficult especially since the leadership of the ANC is refusing to meet with the league. The problem between the ANC and the ANC Youth League can be resolved by a meeting."