ANCYL goes on the offensive
THE ANC Youth League has begun to purge the organisation of anti-Malema members and are planning to publicly embarrass some of his rivals.
First to face the league leadership's wrath was its treasurer-general Pule Mabe - on whom a motion of no confidence was passed yesterday in what insiders described as an "emotionally-charged" meeting.
What was meant to be a meeting to discuss Malema's expulsion from the mother party last week, and to decide on a way forward, turned nasty when dirt on Mabe and tactics to embarrass other politicians, including President Jacob Zuma, were raised. "Some wanted him expelled immediately, but we decided to give him a chance to explain himself in a disciplinary hearing," said an ANCYL leader who attended yesterday's meeting.
Other members spearheading a revolt against Malema were also warned that they would face disciplinary action and possible expulsion from the league.
The charges against Mabe came after the league in KwaZulu-Natal launched a public attack on him last week, claiming he was campaigning in their province to replace Malema.
Mabe has denied that he went to KwaZulu-Natal to campaign, saying he was mandated by the ANCYL national lekgotla to meet with regional treasurers throughout the country to develop a fund-raising strategy.
NEC members yesterday told Sowetan how plans were also afoot to highlight the discrepancies in dealing with discipline among ANC members - especially with regards to Zuma.
The league intends on showing how Zuma on several occasions - including fathering an illegitimate child with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of soccer boss Irvin Khoza - embarrassed the party and got off scot-free.
"He (Zuma) has gone unpunished for being scandalous, yet Malema speaks on behalf of the league and he is expelled. Where is the fairness in that?" asked an NEC member.
Last Wednesday, Malema, youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu and secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa unsuccessfully appealed against their suspensions after they were charged with ill-discipline.
Malema faired the worst and was expelled, spurring a defiance campaign which was also discussed yesterday.