Malema allies 'to call YCL to order'
A POTENTIALLY ugly situation is brewing in Limpopo between the ANC Youth League and Young Communist League after a senior leader of the latter allegedly attacked Julius Malema's supporters.
The ANCYL said yesterday it would convene a meeting with YCL secretary Buti Manamela "to call him to order" for statements he allegedly made at the organisation's rally in Modimolle on Sunday.
Manamela told the YCL rally that Friends of the Youth League was just like COPE and the PAC.
This follows a meeting of the Friends of the Youth League in Thohoyandou on Friday where expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema and suspended secretary Sindiso Magaqa attacked the ANC leadership, particularly President Jacob Zuma.
The two, including ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu, have been barred from addressing any gathering under the banner of the ANC or any of the party's other structures, including its alliance partners.
Malema and Magaqa are seen as acting in defiance of an ANC resolution while they in turn claim to have only addressed meetings called by Friends of the Youth League.
The youth league's Limpopo spokesman Klaas Mabunda said yesterday that they wanted to call Manamela to order for his attack on the organisation.
"We are tired of the YCL, particularly the secretary Buti Manamela, for continually insulting the ANCYL each time he is given a public platform," said Mabunda.
"We want to meet with the YCL to try and find out if we are to continue to attack each other in public. We have made many attempts to meet the YCL.
"If they are not available this time, we will still communicate with them through the media.."
Mangaliso Khonza, spokesman for the YCL in Limpopo, said the organisation was convinced that Friends of the Youth League would remain in opposition to the ANC.
"We view the behaviour of the Friends of the Youth League as the work of a political party opposed to the ANC," said Khonza.
"Why would a youth league of the ANC want to be in alliance with a member who has been expelled from the organisation?
"In fact, those who support an expelled member of the ANC cannot claim to support the ANC.
"We remain committed to our alliance with our sister organisation, the ANC Youth League."