Juju bags more support

ANCYL leader Julius Malema seems set to be re-elected as president at the league's elective conference in Johannesburg this week

Malema has been nominated by seven of the nine provinces.

Yesterday Mpumalanga, Free State and the Eastern Cape followed Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and North West in endorsing Malema.

Western Cape and Northern Cape will decide today.

Malema's majority endorsement creates a major headache for his challenger, ANCYL provincial chairperson Lebogand Maile.

"It seems Malema is going to contest the elections at Gallagher Estate against himself because Maile's clique has failed to secure support even from his home Gauteng," Mpumalanga ANCYL provincial chairperson Kgotso Motloung told Sowetan yesterday.

Political analyst Elvis Masoga agreed with him, saying that Maile now faced an uphill battle.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambo was also upbeat about his leader's success. He called on Maile to withdraw from the race to avoid embarrassment.

"Given the outcome of the PGCs held over the past two weeks, one can comfortably say that the conference will be a walk in the park for Malema and his supporters," Shivambo said.

Last week Maile's supporters suggested that if he failed to be nominated in the provincial councils he would be chosen from the floor.

He will need 30 percent of the 5,500 delegates to endorse him.

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