Julius Malema turns down MP nomination

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has declined nomination to Parliament because he still wants to learn from ANC elders.

Malema told Sowetan yesterday that at the moment he was content to lead the youth league and would think of a parliamentary position in future.

"I am still learning in the movement, besides I am still young. There are many seasoned cadres of the ANC who should represent the movement in Parliament," he said.

Malema was nominated from various branches throughout the country and placed at a respectable 95th position on the list.

"I am very humbled and honoured for being nominated to Parliament. This shows confidence on the leadership of the ANC Youth League," he said.

Malema said the focus of the youth league was to ensure the ANC secured a 75 percent victory in the elections.

Malema's predecessor Fikile Mbalula, who led the league at the height of the ANC succession battle between the Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki camps, was also nominated and is occupying 10th position.

Zuma leads the list, followed by the country's president, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Deputy President Baleka Mbete respectively.