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We'll die for Malema - ANCYL

By unknown | Oct 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal says it is prepared to "defend and die" for its president Julius Malema, who has been widely criticised for his utterances.

ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo lambasted what he has called "non-thinkers" who have been criticising Malema, saying whoever attacks Malema "attacks the ANCYL".

Mtolo said all the criticisms levelled against Malema were baseless, meaningless and carried no weight.

"We want to reiterate that our president speaks for the ANCYL as a whole and anyone who attacks him attacks the ANCYL as a whole.

"As members of the ANCYL, we are prepared to defend our president at all costs and we are prepared to die for him," Mtolo said.

Malema has been widely criticised both inside and outside the ANC for his statements, including the "kill for Zuma" quote.

Malema is also believed to have been at the forefront of a group waging a war against former president Thabo Mbeki, who was eventually recalled by the ANC.

Even the ANC NEC last month urged Malema to shut up.

Mtolo also lashed out at the IFP-aligned Sadesmo for intimidating and assaulting ANC-aligned South African Student Congress and youth league members who tried to campaign at Mangosuthu University of Technology, where Sadesmo made a clean sweep during SRC elections.

"The IFP only won that tertiary institution through bullying and underhanded tactics, which included intimidation and physical assault.

"Several of our members were assaulted and prevented from campaigning freely on campus.

"Senior IFP members and a bunch of IFP warlords from the notorious T-section openly intimidated students with guns," said Mtolo.

He said the youth league had received reports from its members at the Durban University of Technology and at the University of Zululand, alleging that IFP leaders were "beginning to intimidate our members from openly campaigning".

IFP Youth Brigade member and former Sadesmo president Chris Ntuli said the ANC Youth League's statements were unfounded and baseless.

"On Saturday, I was at Ongoye and I saw their members freely wearing their Sasco T-shirts and no one intimidated them. They are making all these accusations because they anticipated defeat," said Ntuli.


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