Some Limpopo members want ANCYL boss out of province

Alex Matlala and Kamogelo Seekoei

Alex Matlala and Kamogelo Seekoei

Controversial ANCYL president Julius Malema has not as yet resigned from his position as provincial secretary of the league in Limpopo.

ANCYL members are accusing him of hedging his bets by keeping the position in case he loses his current position when the party holds its congress next week.

Acting ANCYL provincial secretary Goodman Mtileni confirmed yesterday that Malema was still serving as provincial secretary.

"Technically Malema is still provincial secretary of the league." Mtileni said. "The decision to appoint me on a full-time basis can only be looked at after the second leg of the conference to be held in Gauteng next week."

Clifford Mohloana, a popular ANCYL activist in Limpopo, said occupying two positions was not new to Malema.

He said Malema held on to the chairman ship of Cosas Limpopo until he was elected Cosas president.

He subsequently postponed conferences for two years after his term had expired as president until he was elected to the secretariat of the ANCYL.

Mohloana said despite the ANC national executive endorsement of Malema's presidency, he is still unsure about what could transpire at next week's congress.

Wisely Maringa of the Isaac Maluleke branch in Vhembe district said according to policy, when one ascends to a senior level such as president, he or she must relinquish his junior position.

Malema was controversially elected president in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, at the party's congress that had to be abandoned after violence broke out among delegates.

Yesterday Malema dismissed the claims. He said he was the democratically elected president of the ANCYL, "the only position I am currently holding".

The second leg of the ANCYL conference will be held at Nasrec, Johannesburg, from Friday June 27 to Sunday June 29.

l Meanwhile, the SA Human Rights Commission has given Malema 14 days to retract his statement, which it said was meant to "incite ... criminal and violent activities".

Malema had said the youth would kill for Zuma.