Sexwale's bid to lead ANC gains momentum
HUMAN Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale's bid to lead the ANC is likely to gain support from expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and his allies.
Hinting that he might throw his weight behind the former businessman if Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe did not challenge for the job, Malema described Sexwale as a "business man of note" who qualified to be president of the ANC.
"Those who support Tokyo must never be criticised or called names," Malema said.
The ANCYL has made no secret that it wants Motlanthe to replace Zuma.
Weekend reports suggested that Sexwale was ready to take on Zuma, with a list being circulated to garner support from ANC members, particularly in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. The campaign has been dubbed "Anything But Zuma" (ABZ).
Yesterday Malema warned against the danger of writing anyone off, saying Sexwale like everyone else who is an ANC member in good standing, qualified to be at the helm of the party.
"If members want him they will elect him," he said, before cautioning that this did not mean he was voicing his support for Sexwale to succeed Zuma.
ANC veterans such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Sexwale, who have publicly backed Malema, had been approached to help the embattled youth leaders. They believed that a political solution rather than a suspension was the answer to the stand-off between the league and its mother body.
Malema denied receiving money from Sexwale.
"I have not received his money ... but I wish he would have given me some of it," said Malema, leading to thunderous laughter from the floor.
"If he had given me I would not be ashamed, it's money from a comrade not a coward."
It emerged at the weekend that a company started and partly owned by Sexwale allegedly paid at least R100000 to Malema's family trust.
Malema said he was not for sale.
"Imagine a man like me who knows money being bought with R100000," he asked.
He would not discuss reports that he owed R10-million to the taxman.
He said he was eagerly awaiting the conclusion of a probe by the Hawks and the public protector into alleged corruption on his part relating to On-Point engineering, a company linked to tenders in Limpopo.