Zuma leadership questioned again
THE ANC Youth League has once again sought to cast doubt on President Jacob Zuma's leadership style - even inferring that the latter was undemocratic in his dealings with the league.
The league again drew comparisons between Zuma and a past ANC leader - Dr AB Xuma - whom they praised for allowing youth league members in the 1940s to air their radical and militant views without fearing persecution.
League leaders were hauled before the party's disciplinary committee after issuing a statement in which they alleged that the African agenda - which reached prominence during former president Thabo Mbeki's tenure - had since waned under a Zuma leadership.
In its submissions to the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) to have the expulsion of Julius Malema and suspensions of secretary general Sindiso Magaqa as well as spokesman Floyd Shivambu reviewed, the league urged Zuma's ANC to emulate the leadership style of Xuma, whom the league described as "a democrat par excellence".
Earlier this year, Malema told youth league members at Wits University that there had been increasing dictatorship under Zuma's reign.
Ironically, Zuma is expected to deliver a memorial lecture tomorrow afternoon at Johannesburg City Hall on the leadership of Xuma.
"It seemed the ANC realised that it had in its hand a serious challenge with regards to views from the ANCYL that differs from its own, and instead chose a route that subverted the ends of justice in the name of disciplinary proceedings against the ANCYL officials (Malema and Magaqa) and the spokesman (Shivambu)," the league's submission read.
By contrast, Xuma was praised for the allowances he afforded the league despite disagreements he may have had with the youth.
"Year in year out, the ANCYL was allowed to canvass its radical and militant views by the leadership collective of Dr AB Xuma, despite the disagreements with such and the discomfort that it brought," read the statement.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday that the NEC had resolved not to review the sentences meted out to Malema, Magaqa and Shivambu and that the matter was regarded as a "closed chapter". - email@example.com