MILTON Morema, the executive mayor of Bushbuckridge who some in the area want removed from office, was given a boost when ANCYL president Julius Malema visited the area on Saturday.
Malema, who was accompanied by youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu among others, presented Morema as a "top ANC leader who should be supported all the way" so that he could develop the deeply rural Bushbuckridge area.
The crowd cheered when Malema started attacking journalists saying they should not be allowed to take over the country. "If you are not careful about journalists, they will bring down the government. We will not allow this country to be run by journalists," Malema told the crowd that had gathered at the Ehlanzeni FET College sport ground in Acornhoek.
He then started the controversial song, Shoot the boer, before continuing with his attack on journalists. "All they know is to concentrate on prominent politicians and ANC leaders in order to write bad things about them," Malema said.
Morema has recently been under fire from the Ripho Machete ANC branch in the area.
The branch had organised marches to the municipality and the provincial government.
They are now planning to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to air their frustrations over Morema's leadership.
A prominent member of the Ripho Machete branch, Delta Mokoena, told Sowetan that Morema was too powerful to handle because he was "well-connected".
"Our march to the municipality did not bear fruits; it was the same thing with our march to the provincial government. Morema has told us that there is nothing we can do because he has the ANC in his pocket, hence he brought in Malema to come and restore his image."
Mokoena claimed that he was even assaulted by Morema's supporters in front of MP Nyami Booi during a consultation meeting with branches at the Merriam Mokgakane Hall in Acornhoek on Human Rights Day.
Bohlabela regional ANC secretary, Mandla Ndlovu, confirmed that there was "some kind of confrontation" after senior party members told Mokoena not to taken part in the meeting.