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Malema and allies plan to 'reclaim' ANC

By Hlengiwe Nhlabathi Political Reporter | 2012-05-15 06:49:45.0 | COMMENTS [ 211 ]

EXPELLED ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is positioning himself to lead the ruling party - no matter how long it takes.

Speaking for the first time since his expulsion from the party last month, Malema told journalists in Johannesburg yesterday that he and his suspended aides would fight until they reclaimed their "rightful" positions in the ANC.

"I can tell you today, you can put it on the political archives when it happens, you can replay it. I am going to lead the ANC. I will lead this ANC, whatever it means by 'leading it'," he said.

He was flanked by suspended ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who nodded in agreement.

Malema said he had had a taste of being leader for a few months when he served as a provincial executive committee member in Limpopo.

The three youth leaders were sanctioned for violating the ANC's constitution, comments about overthrowing the government of Botswana and for comparing President Jacob Zuma unfavourably to former president Thabo Mbeki.

Reiterating that there was a political agenda in instituting the chargers that led to the ANC national disciplinary committee's decision to "purge" them, Malema said they "would fight and ultimately win this political battle, whatever it takes".

Malema said he was not worried and thought what was happening to him now was a test that would mould him into a better leader.

His eyes were fixed on the big prize - leading the ANC.

"It doesn't matter what time it takes, but from here on we are going straight to the ANC and we are going 200km per hour," he said.

Malema denied having anything against Zuma, whose leadership style he recently compared to that of a dictator. The same applied to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, he said.

"When we see them we greet them. We hug, we laugh because there is nothing personal. They are our leaders, but we've been subjected to an unfair process." -

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one thing for sure is that most bloggers on this platform where/still not victims of oppression or neva experienced any kind of oppression. if only we as the oppressed ones could just stand and be fair and voice our frustration - i bet ppl will say we sound just like Malema. the thing with the oppressed we were channelled to think soft and to speak soft, we were channelled not to raise our voices - hence during apartheid we were not allowed to study mathematics, science, accounting because these subjects train your mind to find solutions.

2012-05-15 10:23:25.0 | 0 replies

Dzel - My email bounced back. That the correct addie?

2012-05-15 09:50:59.0 | 0 replies

Viva Juju viva. Mr 'Shower' Zuma was doing exactly de same thing that Julius do while on an unfavourable position. We may negate as we want but issue @ hand remains a political battle.

2012-05-15 09:50:49.0 | 0 replies

Malema why dont you give up mara?

2012-05-15 09:50:15.0 | 0 replies

Pleas---, we can only hope juliarse does this as well, the problem is he knows he won't be part of the tenders then
JULIARSE ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha agg take it easy boet!!!! thanks for the debate though!!!

2012-05-15 09:49:05.0 | 0 replies

my friend can we move on..please call not people that vulgar word!

@ all: why malema detractors have no single point that seems to convince amicably...? except for emotional hatred rantings

2012-05-15 09:45:24.0 | 0 replies

I'm not politically pregnant, but I'm aborting political articles from now onwards..

2012-05-15 09:44:14.0 | 0 replies

Bunch of small boys pulling the wool over each other's eyes.
I fully agree with you Jajazqueen we cannot be rulled by these boys.
Juju leading the ANC? Not in my lifetime. I put my head on the block for this cloun

2012-05-15 09:43:13.0 | 0 replies

Great stuff JuJu. Put foot in mouth and keep it there. You're just making things worse by your loud-mouthed arrogance.

2012-05-15 09:42:15.0 | 0 replies

So nice to see u laugh juju.

2012-05-15 09:41:59.0 | 0 replies

"This is getting boring and predictable now! Mxm"

Sentiment shared....Daily speech drama.....

2012-05-15 09:38:57.0 | 0 replies