Rift visible in ANC youth
NEWLY elected chairman of the ANC Youth League in Limpopo, Rudzani Ludere, says the league will work "tirelessly" to effect change in the ruling party's leadership.
"We will work hand-in-glove with youth leaders from other provinces to make sure that the resolutions of the Gallagher conference are implemented with precision and distinction.
"We will also work tirelessly with other provinces to ensure there is leadership change in Mangaung," Ludere said after he was elected yesterday.
"We have the support of the ANCYL in North West, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape and we are resolute for leadership change in Mangaung."
Ludere, a supporter of gagged Youth League president Julius Malema, was elected along with Jacob Lebogo, Malema's childhood friend, who clinched the position of provincial secretary.
The conference took place in Polokwane.
The league has been vocal in its displeasure about President Jacob Zuma's leadership style and wants Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to replace Zuma and general secretary Gwede Mantashe in Mangaung later this year.
On Saturday, a defiant Malema told the league's conference delegates, who were visiting him at his Flora Park home in Polokwane, that the fight for leadership change had just begun.
The delegates adjourned the conference to go and greet Malema who had been banned from all party activities.
Malema told his supporters that they were welcome to use his house as a consulting office for any political matters "because it seems as if an ANC faction is succeeding in its endeavour to silence me and to get rid of me".
"You are always welcome to my house because here no one will tell me who I should and shouldn't speak to," Malema said.
He said he was being crucified for demanding jobs for the poor, and for insisting that the country's mineral resources in the hands of a white minority, be nationalised.
ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said the party had noted media reports about the visit by the conference delegates to Malema's house and "we will look into the matter".
On the other hand, a rival anti-Malema conference was under way in Seshego, Malema's home township, at which Tshepiso Matabane was elected provincial secretary and Boy Mamabolo, Malema's long-time friend-turned foe, as provincial chairman .
A number of delegates wore T-shirts with Zuma's face saying "100% Zuma for President".
"We will fight with whatever we have to make sure that Zuma and Mantashe retain their positions in Mangaung," Mamabolo said.