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Zuma, ANC top guns in show of unity

By Moipone Malefane | Apr 04, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 434 ]

ANC officials yesterday presented a united front in an effort to manage the fall-out from ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's expulsion.

President Jacob Zuma, flanked by his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, his deputy Thandi Modise, chairman Baleka Mbete and treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, isolated Malema and those that supported him.

Mantashe, reading an official statement, said the organisation was concerned by the alien behaviour and disrespectful remarks coming from other ANC leaders, especially Malema.

The officials acknowledged that the youth league was using the ANC's centenary celebrations to attack the party and said this had to stop.

"As national officials of the ANC, we believe that the time has come to put an end to the blustering and often incomprehensible remarks that are made by various leaders and members of the ANC. Examples are statements made by the MKMVA (uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association) and the response thereto by the ANCYL," Mantashe said.

He said it was a sad reality that the ANCYL had chosen this year of the ANC's centenary to attempt to present the organisation as undemocratic and unresponsive to the voices of the youth.

It was the first time yesterday that the entire top officials of the ANC had addressed the media, a move that shows how desperate the party is to present a united front.

This comes after sustained attacks on Zuma and the ANC by Malema.

Last Friday, Malema called Zuma a dictator who has traumatised ANCYL members.

"The brazen and often rude and crude rhetoric to detract from real issues facing our youth does nothing to add value to the integrity of the ANC. The ANC discourages the elevation of individuals and personalities above the organisation.

"This inevitably leads to the creation of personality cults which hampers collective decision-making," Mantashe said.

Tensions are also rising in the youth league and the anti-Zuma camp as Malema's expulsion looks inevitable. Malema and his co- accused, secretary Sandiso Magaqa and spokesman Floyd Shivambu, were informed yesterday that the ANC national appeals committee (NDCA) chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa would hear their matter on April 12.

This is after Malema's defence team had requested a delay. If the NDCA endorses Malema's expulsion, the youth leader will be absent at all the important gatherings of the ANC this year, starting with the policy conference in June.

Zuma's ability to bring all top officials together yesterday gives him the upper hand to bind them to a public pledge of unity.

Motlanthe is the preferred candidate of the ANCYL to replace Zuma as party president. More importantly, should Malema take the ANC to court as he has threatened to do, Motlanthe himself will have to defend the ANC in court.

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I always say JJQ is sponsored by ANC

Apr 04, 2012 11:57 | 0 replies

JajasQueen - "Yeah, prove that I lied...."

You are just posting bullsh1t and calling it 'facts'. With no backing, your 'facts' are nothing more but lies.

Apr 04, 2012 12:18 | 0 replies

It is prove this and prove that give give give. true ANC mentality in the end. Can cite many and all injustices done by the old party, but blind to their own faults. Its like a snake eating its own tail and remarking that it is delicious, but could do with some salt.

Apr 04, 2012 12:19 | 0 replies

JajasQueen - You make such a big noise about people backing up their claims with facts, but when you do it, you immediately call your comments 'facts', but you do nothing to back up your claims.

Can you spell the word 'hypocrite'?

Apr 04, 2012 12:19 | 0 replies

@JJ'sQ, We cannot afford to have institutions as biased as the Wh1te corporate controlled media shape public perception that b1acks are failures and cannot govern without wh1tes because that is exactly what they want and we are letting our hard fought freedom slip away from our fingers simply because institutions owned by those opposed to black rule are manipulating the information we absorb thereby shaping our opinions.
Call me an ANC apologist if you want but let's be realistic here we can ill-afford to have a narcissistic minority group of people dictate public perception that there is doom and gloom just because it's a b1ack government that is in p0wer!

Apr 04, 2012 12:20 | 0 replies

And this one is trying to make it a bl@ck issue :P

All the wh1tes are out to get him and his corrupt brothers who happen to be bl@ck :P

Apr 04, 2012 12:22 | 0 replies

Even worse, he's trying to convince himself and Jaja that corruption is allright :P

Apr 04, 2012 12:23 | 0 replies

@JJ'sQ, I see the faceless TROLLS are trying very hard to stay relevant!

Apr 04, 2012 12:25 | 0 replies


100% my brother. You see white people have realised that the Nats drove a self destruction campaign pre-1994 negotiations, never in their wildest dreams have they ever thought that b.l.a.c.k.s would 'betray' them the way they did. They thought they had brainwashed b.l.a.c.k.s so well. So now the media and the DA are here to reverse that s.u.i.c.i.d.e campaign with dirty tricks to reinstate white rule in this country.

Apr 04, 2012 12:26 | 0 replies

I am beginning to think they are high? They sound like those Americans who see allegedly big foot or aliens and wants everyone to believe them., and all they can hand over is a blurry photo or a drugged recollection of the events. Conspiracy theorist at best. Look out for....wait for it.....more suspense.... THE MEDIA!!!

Apr 04, 2012 12:27 | 0 replies

You said you do not want to talk to us. Kettle calling the pot relevant...Pfft please

Apr 04, 2012 12:28 | 0 replies