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Motlanthe, Zuma fight over Malema

By Moipone Malefane, Political Editor | Oct 04, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 81 ]

Julius Malema's public attacks on the ANC and his threats to destabilise the mining industry have revived a sore point among the party's leaders about its relationship with its youth wing.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe expressed different views about how the ANC could have dealt with the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) soon after its leadership began to make speeches about the mining industry following the league's resolution to nationalise mines.

Zuma and Motlanthe were part of a meeting attended by officials from the ANC and its allies - the South African Communist Party, Cosatu and representatives of the National Union of Mineworkers.

Those who attended the meeting, which took place at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, toldSowetan on condition of anonymity that Zuma and Motlanthe gave different views on how the organisation should have resolved policy differences with its youth league.

Motlanthe allegedly told the meeting that immediately after the youth league's congress - where radical resolutions and speeches were made about the mining industry - the ANC should have called a meeting with the league and its membership to inform them that their resolutions contravened the mother body's constitution.

But Zuma allegedly responded to this by saying the ANC leadership was itself divided over how to deal with the league's leadership.

Zuma allegedly reminded the meeting that when the youth league's leaders were charged in 2010, some members of the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) supported them.

At the time, Malema was facing charges by the ANC.

ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa - one of the organisation's top six officials - subsequently became Malema's legal representative.

Zuma allegedly added that the same divisions had emerged amongst the ANC top leaders when Malema was charged again last year.

Malema was subsequently expelled from the organisation after a disciplinary hearing.

The discussion about Malema came about when Cosatu and the NUM briefed the ANC and SACP about how to stop the growing instability in the mining sector.

Malema and his supporters are seen to be encouraging splinter unions and mineworkers to embark on illegal strikes.

Malema, who has gained support among disgruntled mineworkers, had launched a campaign for higher wages in the mining sector.

The meeting resolved that Cosatu would convene a meeting with the youth league to discuss the latter's policies on mines.

Sources told Sowetan that the meeting discussed a number of issues including the current challenges in the mining industry where several workers have gone on strike demanding that their salaries be increased to R12500 a month.

There were concerns among those who attended the meeting that the strikes could cripple the economy and that some mining houses could close down.

Some ANC leaders tried in vain to get NEC meetings to discuss Malema's charges, but these had only been discussed after his expulsion. During those meetings, those who wanted the decision reversed were defeated.

However, a recent meeting of the NEC raised a concern over ANC members who were associating with Friends of the Youth League, an organisation formed to support Malema.

Their concern was that Friends of the Youth League was used to attack the ANC leadership. This group is associated with suspended youth league leaders Floyd Shivambu and Sindiso Magaqa.

But Motlanthe, who seems to have a soft spot for the league, told a recent NEC meeting that the ANCYL leaders should be taken through ANC processes and be told they could not be ANC members while associating with the group.

Zuma and Motlanthe are set to contest the ANC's presidency at the party's elective conference in Mangaung, Free State, in December.

This article was first published in the printed newspaper on 3 October 2012



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The deputy does not deserve to lead the country,they using himl ike they used Zuma to oust Mbeki. Politic is a dirty game. Too early for songs of victory for Malema and other anti - Zuma. I really do not trust the deputy president.S.A. needs a strong leader that is capable of instlling order and not return favour to people who have put him/her in power. I respect the deputy but I do not think he is that person. May be it might be you MophemeKoPitori.

Oct 08, 2012 3:37 | 0 replies

Malema e sa le moshanyana o bua jwaloka ngwana ya hotseng a wa ka phuwana,e ka ba moporesidente wa le hwehle.

Oct 04, 2012 12:16 | 0 replies

I have niticed that the voices that used to make noise on how Zuma is going to be toppled in Mangaung have now toned down. They are now crying fowl on the sudden increase of numbers in provinces where Zuma enjoys support. They never cried fowl when Mathale stole the elections in Lipompo, where he piped Joe Phaahla. We know that certain deligates who were suppose to vote for Joe Phaahla were told that they can't cast their votes as they had already done so. That means someone had already voted for them without their knowledge and that person voted for Mathale. No one ever cried fowl then, why now?

Oct 04, 2012 12:32 | 0 replies

Ha dihlabane dipoho madi a rothe e sa ikatelang e tla qaditjwa ke lerole.

Oct 04, 2012 12:36 | 0 replies

The battle is never won until the mangaung results are out. The vice president has always been allies with Juju and I wonder who he's been fooling.

Zuma is not the best leader but the best available , which means if he looses in Mangaung I will vote for the DA.

And why ? my answer is simple ... The fraction that want Zuma out comprises of liers and thieves who loots from government . Limpoop will replicate through out the country and the unruly youths will be roaming everywhere ....

The YDA financial woes are an example , and the limpop fiances, what about the eastern cape etc ...

At times we need to be careful what we wish for . . .

Malema is uncontrollable and the real dictator in the growing , if he manages to get through . . . Doom will come to the country . . . I guarantee you

Oct 04, 2012 1:3 | 0 replies


Let's assume Zuma fail to knip Malema on the butt earlier, but I disagree with you putting the blame squarly on Zuma's shoulder.Zuma was just a member of the top six in Thabo Mbeki era and you saint Motlanthe was serving the same committe,the reason to single out Zuma fails me.Let us not be economical with the truth

The other perception that Malema made Zuma its just a fools fantasy,for us who have been in the ANC long enough will tell you Thabo Mbeki had to be removed at all cost as he was becoming more antagonistic towards the alliance partners and some of the ANC members thus causing instability within the organisation as well as the country.The only person who could pose a challange was none other than Zuma.

Zuma came about and try by all means to unite the organisation that was in disarray but as you are well are aware the are people who are 'charecter praiser' rather than being the ANC members who are hell bent to see Zuma fail.

I personally feel the Zuma administration has done much better than Mbeki admin.As we speak the mud schools in the Eastern Cape are being done away with replace by brick and mortar buildings,the HIV/AIDS treatment is receiving a priority,look at the massive road building,repairs and maintenance around the country.There has been failure as well for example the Lipompo text books saga which needs a firm of which I trust it will be dealt with properly when the time comes.

Whoever takes over after Mangaung and become the country president in 2014 shouldn't deviate from development programme which only became visible after 2009

Oct 04, 2012 1:19 | 0 replies

If thats case , Motlante want to bring Malema then I am no longer supporting Montlante is he blind , I mean this boy is rude he is misleading the Nation , I wont support shower man also , I have never voted for Zuma and I wont vote for him even in future I ll rather stay @ home I am not blind

Oct 04, 2012 1:24 | 0 replies

@Phathuza, instead of staying at home and not voting, why not Vote DA. They're the best bet we have in this country which is dominated by tribalism, cronyism, corruption, Limpopo-ism and Zulu-ism. We need cool heads and neutral leadership at time like these in this country. Helen Zille, like Helen Suzman, is one of the best leaders this country has ever produced. She's the only white person who risked her life in the heart of apartheid to expose cruel murder of Steve Biko. Not only did she do that, she continued to fight against the cruel apartheid regime as a journalist, despite being threatened with death, incarceration and torture. When many journalists were murdered and incarcerated by the cruel regime, and the remaining ones scared off into submission by supporting apartheid regime, she remained relentless against the regime’s cruelty. She's one of the greatest white women this country has ever produced. I'm going to vote for her.

Oct 04, 2012 1:48 | 0 replies

Bring back Thabo Mbeki he's got unfinished business here.

Oct 04, 2012 2:8 | 0 replies


This 'Kuku' must have been very delicious to name yourself after it!

Oct 04, 2012 12:0 | 0 replies

Even though I would like to support Motlanthe over the polygamist, I'm very concerned about his blind loyalty to Malema. The guy's is ging clear intentions that he wants to bring Malema back to ANC. ANC should not allow that, and if his plan is to connive and bring Malema back then he can go to hell.

Oct 04, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies