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South Africa – push for fraud accused Pule Mabe to lead ANC Youth League

City PressPule Mabe punted as ANCYL bigwig
29 December 2013
The leader of the task team that’s meant to rebuild the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) is pushing for fraud accused Pule Mabe to become the revamped league’s president.

The task team is wrought by dissent over Mabe and other issues – for instance, convenor Mzwandile Masina’s suggestion at a recent meeting that President Jacob Zuma be given immunity so that he can’t be prosecuted for anything that happens during his term in office.

Masina, convenor of the league’s national task team (NTT) and a strong Zuma supporter, is said to be positioning Mabe to become president when the league holds its national elective conference in September 2014.


S Africa – controversy over sex harassment charges against ANC YL candidate

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Lubabalo Molefe, who is lobbying support for his ANC Youth League presidential candidacy, says charges of sexual harassment against him are bogus.

Lubabalo Molefe. (Facebook)

      Click here   The ANC Youth League prepared to reinvent itself following the disbandment of its national executive committee (NEC) and the appointment of an ANC task team to oversee its renewal.

Among those running for the candidacy of youth league president is senior member Molefe. The Mail & Guardian has learnt that Molefe was dismissed from his position as a senior manager at the state-run Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) following a slew of misconduct allegations, including sexual harassment and defamation.

Amongst the accusations, all of which were denied by Molefe, is the charge that he told a pregnant colleague that she was “a candidate for HIV” because she “clearly does not use a condom”. He was also accused of making unwelcome sexual advances to colleagues and intimidating those who came forward about his alleged behaviour.

But Molefe said that the charges were trumped up because he intended to expose nepotism and tender corruption at the regulator. Molefe intimated that the charges against him were brought by beneficiaries of the alleged nepotism. Molefe’s counter-charges notwithstanding, an urgent application he brought to the Labour Court last week to have his dismissal overturned was rejected with costs. He will now attempt to clear his name at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

The M&G understands that disciplinary proceedings against Molefe were brought in February this year. In early March, allegations against senior RSR officials surfaced in the Star, which included nepotism. The regulator denied the claims.

‘Running away’ Molefe admitted that he was formally charged with sexual harrasment, but said the real reasons for the allegations were “not even related to that”. He said the disciplinary committee later changed the nature of the charges to include dishonesty, but he was fired before the hearing was completed.

“The disciplinary committee is running away because they know I will expose all their nepotism,” he said. Molefe is lobbying support for his planned candidacy and plans to position himself as the Julius Malema antithesis. As a former member of the youth league’s now-disbanded NEC, he plans to campaign on the basis of inclusiveness and non-racialism.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza directed questions to the task team’s convenor, Mzwandile Masina, who said the charges against Molefe “have got nothing to do with the organisation”. The RSR did not respond to questions.

Molefe might be one of the first candidates to openly state his case, but he is up against heavy-weight contenders for the youth league presidency post, such as youth league treasurer general and ANC NEC member Pule Mabe, who is said to have the support of Jacob Zuma.

A date for the election of the youth league’s new leadership has yet to be set by the task team and it remains early days for hopefuls such as Molefe. But he said that he was lobbying branches on the basis that he could position the youth league as an organisation more moderate in its rhetoric, which would include all young South Africans in its vision.

“Malema was more rude than radical. I’m of the opinion that Julius Malema should not have said he was prepared to shoot and kill for Zuma. We fought about that in the youth league NEC. We should be different in terms of radicalisation … It’s about making the ANC’s programme relevant for today and not attacking everybody who speaks. I mean, I would not talk to Naledi Pandor the way that Julius did.”

‘The glue that connects us’ Molefe said: “I will contest [the position] on these conditions: that we agree that the agenda for the renewal of the youth league is the glue that connects us. The youth league has been completely broken by what’s happened – from the branches to the provinces. What we see now is not what it is supposed to be.

“We can’t behave the way we have been and lead the country to ruin, by creating a disconnect in society on the basis of race and name calling. We are looking for a united nation here. We should be architects at that level.”

Molefe said the new youth league needed to respond to the needs of young people born in post-democratic South Africa and be reflective of their demographics.

“We need to stop racialising the youth league and we need to create a platform where all young people can participate,” he said.  m&g

S Africa – ANC leaves big youth names out of Youth League task team

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The ANC has intentionally left out big youth league names when selecting the people to rebuild the structure, saying it wanted to “avoid problems”.

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At a briefing held at Luthuli House on Wednesday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe revealed the names of the 22 people selected to the task team that will rebuild the ANC Youth League.

Although lacking in big names, the task team is heavy on technically skilled young people, and this appears to have been deliberate.

The executive of the ANC Youth League, which had grown increasingly critical of President Jacob Zuma over the past two years, was disbanded last month, in what some saw as a purge of those who opposed Zuma during the party’s elective conference.

Zuma later said the executive was disbanded on account of “continued ill-disciplined behaviour that brought the organisation into disrepute on numerous occasions”.

The national task team has been given a mandate to perform an assessment of the youth league, building the league at branch, regional and provincial levels, and preparing for a national conference.

Earlier this year interested individuals were asked to submit their CVs to Luthuli House for consideration for selection to the task team.

Mantashe said the team was selected based on their leadership skills, understanding of the ANC and ANC Youth League and their “reputable character”. He did not elaborate on how the members of the task team were selected.

Recycling Mantashe said the national executive council had avoided selecting members who have been in leadership positions of the ANC Youth League at national level.

“We have avoided massive recycling of the past leadership. We said lets avoid that, it will create problems for us,” he said.

Mantashe also refrained from including youth league members who were now campaigning for the vacant positions.

“We also want to allow space to those who want to stand at the next national conference to do their ground work without the burden of being in the interim structure,” he said.

The task team includes Shaka Sisulu, son of the speaker for Parliament Max Sisulu, a radio presenter, business graduate and founder of a youth-focused nongovernmental organisation, and Braam Hanekom, a refugee rights advocate and the founder of the NGO People against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty. He is also the nephew of Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom.

Other memebers ​Several members are drawn from organisations such as the Young Communist League, South African Students Congress and the South African Youth Council.

The task team will be headed by Mzwandile Masina, who will serve as convenor. Masina is an ANC member from Ekhuruleni, recently named head of the Gauteng Film Commission.

Magasela Mzobe, a youth league member from KwaZulu-Natal and former secretary general of the South African Students Congress, who now works with the provincial health department, will serve as the group’s coordinator.

The task team will work closely with three members of the party’s national executive committee – Mcebisi Skwatsha, David Mahlobo and Pinky Moloi – to fulfill its mandate.

“All three of them are graduates of the ANC Youth League and therefore have a depth of understanding of the youth league,” he said.

One of the issues that the task team would address is the verification of membership.

“[This] will also ensure that we deal with the culture that has crept into the movement of bulk buying of membership in preparation for conferences in order to increase the opportunity for members to be elected,” he said.

Restoring the youth league Deputy secretary general of the ANC Jessie Duarte also said that the task team would also concern itself with restoring the youth league organisationally.

“Our assessment is that at the level of branches throughout the country there are quite strong branches of the youth league, although we need to do proper auditing of those branches. The regions of the youth league and the sub-regions of the youth league will need some attention of the [national task team],” she said.

Political analyst Steven Friedman said the NEC was “clearly trying to develop a neutral technical finding committee that respects the NEC” and that the nature of the makeup of the task team showed an attempt to “depoliticise” the incident

This tactic was “dubious”, he said, as the problems that plagued the youth league for the past few years were merely being deferred.

“The problem [with the youth league] was particularly nasty form of factional politics in which if you were of a particular faction, it was fine to use every method, fair or unfair use of money, chasing opponents out of halls and ignoring court orders. And that’s what’s got to be cleaned up,” he said.

“The obvious question is, is a group of fairly unknown youth league members and middle-ranking NEC members able to sort out that problem? I don’t think it would,” he said.

Still members Analyst Ebrahim Fakir pointed out that while the NEC precluded existing members of the youth league’s executive from the task team, this did not mean they could not hold positions again in future.

“Some of those people may still want to contest the election. Many of them remain members of the youth league,” he said.

He also warned that the task team in itself was unlikely to be able to change the political culture entrenched at the youth league, typified by factionalism, the seeking of personal enrichment and promises of political office down the line.

“No task team no matter how strong and good they are can change the culture of a political party,” he said.

“Political culture is never changed by a blunt instrument like a task team.”

Instead, he said, two changes needed to be addressed before change could be seen in the youth league: a moral and ethical change in the league and the party, and a societal change, which would ensure that social mobility and a decent life can be attained through professional and technical skills, instead of merely through politics.  M&G

S Africa – Malema loses farm, influence and reputation

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Julius Malema’s failure to hang on to his own farm might finally have sunk his reputation – and an important lightning rod with it.

Julius Malema’s farm has been seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit after charges of money laundering were laid against him. (Gallo)

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In the latter years of his reign especially, people listened when Julius Malema talked, privileged and poor both. He filled township stadiums as easily as he did press conferences and though he would sometimes carry on for hours, he had the kind of unwavering attention most politicians can only dream of.

“Julius Malema, he must come here, he must see how we live and help us.”

That quote happens to come from Themb’elihle, a township near Lenasia in Gauteng in late 2011 but the sentiment was shared by many communities in protest – pretty much all of them except those in the Northern and Western Cape, where he was not quite so well trusted. Across the rest of the country he was the young revolutionary who cared about the people, who had the ear of the president – or, perhaps, had the president by the short and curlies – and the ability to bring change where local councillors, national departments, provincial governments and the legislature failed.

Younger people seemed to believe implicitly in Malema-magic: he would, somehow, bring the electricity, water, houses and jobs that were denied them. The older generation, including community leaders, were somewhat more cynical. Malema, they knew, could focus more attention than blocking roads and burning tyres. Such attention might or might not result in change, but heck, it was worth a try.

Then Malema’s political career imploded and those communities – still without the services they believe they are due – were left without even a theoretical champion. The end came in increments and with confirmation on Tuesday that he lost even his prized Polokwane farm, there was no longer any doubt in the minds of the masses he valued more: Malema’s time was over.

No outlet spells trouble Perhaps a replacement will arise, a new young-lion-in-chief they can believe in. Perhaps Malema himself will find some kind of platform again.

Regardless, until the ANC Youth League is again on a firm enough footing to put forward somebody in the mould of Malema, or his predecessor Fikile Mbalula, a volatile section of South Africa’s society is without a lightning rod.

For at least some communities in protest between 2010 and late 2012, Malema was half their hope for the future. The other half, some kind of major shift at the ANC’s big Mangaung conference, came to an even stickier end than Malema’s political career. For some he was the seed that would bring radically socialist policies to the ANC in the short term, for others he was a future president who would, in the fullness of time, realise their aspirations. Whatever the flavour of belief, it boiled down to an expectation of a better life.

Now Malema stands exposed as a hypocrite and a thief in the eyes of some, or as a victim of a political conspiracy in the eyes of other. Whether they see false idol or persecuted hero, though, the result is again the same – dashed hopes.

Could those hopes be transferred to other figures within government or the ANC?

‘Everyone in the ANC is corrupt’ “Everyone in the ANC is corrupt,” says a mid-ranking organiser from Themb’elihle. “They kicked out the man who was with the people.”

Could an opposition party or a grass-roots organisation, provide the leadership now lacking?

“The ANC runs the country, runs the province, runs the metro,” says a one-time protest leader from Thembisa. “We talk to these other people but they can only talk, they can’t do.”

Neither leader can predict how their constituents will react to the loss of Malema, to the loss of faith. But what they have seen so far is that disillusionment morphs into anger.

Whatever or whomever else Malema might have been, he in a sense acted as a buffer against that anger. But he will be able to do that no more. m&g

S Africa – Malema’s Limpopo farm seized prosecutors say

The New Age

Malema Limpopo farm seized
Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema, Picture: Gallo Images

A Limpopo farm said to be owned by fraud-accused Julius Malema has been seized by the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday.
“On [Monday], the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the NPA was granted a forfeiture order for a farm that is alleged to belong to Mr Julius Malema as part of a money laundering scheme,” spokesman Medupe Simasiku said in a statement.
“The farm is estimated to be worth about R4 million. This emanates from a freezing order on the same farm that was granted on December 5, 2012 by the North Gauteng [Pretoria] High Court.”
Earlier on Tuesday, The Times newspaper reported Malema missed the deadline to challenge the SA Revenue Service’s application for the sequestration of his estate to cover a R16 million tax bill.
The former ANC Youth League leader filed a notice of intention to oppose the application in the High Court in Pretoria on February 18. He had until last Monday to file his answering affidavit.
Simasiku said the farm was known as the remaining extent of the farm Schuilkraal 623, and was registered in the name of Gwama Properties (Pty) Ltd.
“The sole director of Gwama is Mr Lesiba Cuthbert Gwangwa,” he said.
“It is noteworthy that the AFU application was neither opposed by Mr Gwangwa or his company Gwama Properties, nor by Mr Malema, who is alleged to be the real owner.”
The court found the property was acquired with the proceeds from fraud, corruption, theft, and money laundering. The alleged crimes were perpetrated against the Limpopo department of roads and transport, Simasiku said. Alternatively, the property had been used to launder money.
The property would be sold and the proceeds deposited into the Criminal Assets Recovery account, used by law enforcement agencies to fight crime.
In January, sheriffs seized Malema’s Sandton and Polokwane homes. Sars then rejected a R4 million settlement offer and auctioned Malema’s assets in the Sandton and Polokwane homes in February.
Malema also faces charges of fraud and racketeering related to the irregular awarding of a R52 million tender to On-Point Engineering in Limpopo. Gwangwa is the CEO of On-Point.         Sapa  The New Age

S Africa – defence lawyers abandon Malema in his court case

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Lawyers from Brian Kahn Attorneys have said they are no longer representing expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Julius Malema has been abandoned by his lawyers. (Gallo)

Click here       Details about  why the law firm had abandoned Malema’s case were confidential, said lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou. “We have not ‘ditched him’ …. We no longer act for Malema,” she said.

Earlier in February, Galaktiou said the firm had been instructed to file papers opposing an application made to the North Gauteng High Court by the South African Revenue Services (Sars), to have Malema’s estate sequestrated.

Malema had until February 18 to notify Sars whether he intended to oppose the application. According to newspaper reports, Malema had failed to meet the deadline.

If the application by Sars is successful, all Malema’s properties will be placed under curatorship and auctioned off to pay a reported R16-million he owes Sars.

Malema also faces charges of fraud and racketeering related to the irregular awarding of a R52-million tender to On-Point Engineering.

His Ratanang Family trust was an indirect shareholder in the engineering company. That matter is scheduled to resume in court in April.

Ditched and insulted Malema’s lawyers have not been the only ones to have abandoned him. In January he said that he is being deserted by his friends, who now treat him as leper.

“I have lost a lot of friends. I am one person who believes that those who leave you during difficult moments were never with you even before …,” he said.

“We’ve seen friends vacillating. We’ve seen friends bowing to the pressure of the enemy. We’ve seen friends speaking in tongues and some are even so ashamed to be seen with you in public because to them you look like you’ve got leprosy and some don’t even take your calls. If they do, they are very impatient,” he  said.

In the same month it was reported that Malema opened a case against his childhood friend Boy Mamabolo over a threatening SMS.

Mamabolo, a loyal supporter of President Jacob Zuma, allegedly threatened to exhume Malema’s mother’s remains and throw them in front of his grandmother’s house in Seshego, Limpopo.

The SMS read: “This time I want to show you that I am more brutal and exhume Mahlodi [Malema's mother] from the grave and lay her in front of [your grandmother's house]. You have done many bad things to me.”

The threat could have been in retaliation for Malema allegedly asking Limpopo ANC Youth League secretary Jacob Lebogo and his ally, Jossie Buthane, to sleep with Mamabolo’s girlfriend. ​​– Sapa M&G

S Africa – tough time ahead for threatened ANC Youth League

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Since the ANC Youth League’s future was put into question at Mangaung, the organisation has been pushed to “fall into line” and find a new president.

It will be a rough start to 2013 for the ANC Youth League as it will be forced to replace its controversial former president Julius Malema and face a review of the league’s role within the party.

Ronald Lamola, current deputy president of the youth league, told the Mail & Guardian, “We’ll fill all vacancies as soon as possible.”

“It is undesirable for the body to be left without people in key positions – especially a president.”

Lamola’s comments mark a sharp turn away from the league’s belligerent stance of rejecting Malema’s ousting from the ANC, but the youth body has been left with little choice.

The party’s newly elected national executive committee (NEC) was mandated at the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference in December to rehabilitate the relationship between the youth league and its mother body.

The M&G understands the review will compel the youth body to “fall into line” if it is to have any future in the ANC and the league will have to appoint a new president, as well as stop all antagonistic behaviour towards the party.

“We need to take firm decisions so that we have a youth league that knows how to function and that forms an integral part of the ANC,” Jackson Mthembu, ANC spokesperson, told the M&G on Monday.

This firm line offers little space for the youth league – which is normally defined by militancy and defiance – to shape its own future and it seems to be accepting the fact.

“The ANC is allowed to do this and even has a responsibility to do so,” said Lamola. “All structures must implement congress resolutions, so if that is what must happen, then so be it.”

Though it may be a bitter pill to swallow for many league members and supporters, this clampdown has been long time in the making.

Malema’s expulsion from the ANC – after being found guilty of sowing divisions within the party – might have only been finalised in late April 2012, but the prickly relations between the league and the ANC became evident early on during the Jacob Zuma presidency.

The league criticised Zuma’s Cabinet appointments soon after his inauguration as South Africa’s president, arguing there were not enough black Africans designated to strategic ministerial posts.

It marked the beginning of an awkward and often tumultuous relationship between the ANC and its youth league, often characterised by public spats. It eventually culminated in Malema’s expulsion and the current predicament the youth body is in.

Three-point plan
Refusing to appoint anyone to positions left open after Malema, former spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, and secretary general Sindiso Magaqa’s ousting, the league is without people in key leadership positions and has no functional NEC.

While there was a firm decision to reject Malema’s expulsion and back the controversial leader in the hopes he would be reinstated, name-calling and infighting left severed ties between Malema and Lamola in the run-up to the ANC’s electoral conference.

“It’s plain for everyone to see that the executive structures of the league are not in order, and [that] needs to rectified as a matter of urgency,” Mthembu said.

He added there would be three areas the NEC would focus on when assessing the league in the new year, namely:

Mending fractured relations between the ruling party and the youth league;

Evaluating the league’s functions as an organ of the ANC; and

Formalising structures and leadership positions within the league
“It became evident from the political report and organisational report delivered in Mangaung that things needed to change and we need to arrest the hostility between the ANC and the league,” he said.

This course of action suggests the role of the league would be significantly altered.

But Mthembu would not elaborate on the specifics of the NEC’s three-point plan, but said “it will be sorted out in the new year”.

Possible retribution
Unofficially though, the league could be in for a bigger change than the plan Mthembu touted.

“The league cannot operate in opposition to the ANC, regardless of how they feel about where the movement is headed. They are the juniors and should act like it,” one NEC member – who requested anonymity – told the M&G.

The source – along with several others – informed the M&G that the Zuma-aligned NEC elected in Mangaung would “deal with the league”.

“We need to look at it all. The league must fall into line or expect the same fate as Malema,” another source said.

One man ideally placed to lead the re-evaluation of the league would be newly elected NEC member Pule Mabe.

The devout Zuma supporter was re-elected alongside Malema as the youth league’s treasurer at its 2011 elective conference in Midrand.

Said to be in favour of Malema’s expulsion, Mabe was dumped from his position in May 2012 and it wouldn’t be implausible to see him wanting to settle a few scores this year.

But Lamola – who has been acting president of the league since Malema’s demise – said that whatever action was taken by the ANC, the league would fight for a certain level of independence.

“The ANC should still allow the league and its structures to operate as an autonomous organisation. This is what has happened historically and should continue,” he added.

If anything, while the future of the league might still be unclear, Lamola’s comments in the aftermath of Mangaung make it certain the Malema era of the ANC Youth League is well and truly over.  M&G


Mines, Malema And Mangaung: South Africa’s Descent Into A Morass Of Corruption, Greed And Factionalism – By Keith Somerville

African Arguments – By Keith Somerville

I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in South Africa. It was supposed to be a holiday dominated by the Big Five on the safari circuit. But owing to the current news coming out of the country, a different Big Five dominated: Marikana, mines, mining unions, Malema and Mangaung. For the first time, following a large number of work and holiday visits to the country since 1990, I came away profoundly depressed by the future. The government and the ruling ANC are at war with themselves, administration policy on key issues is weak and erratic, Zuma offers no meaningful leadership and government bodies (especially the police and the prosecution service) seem irredeemably corrupt, incompetent or politically-oriented. Often all three at the same time.
Under a democratic government committed to righting the wrongs of apartheid, distributing wealth and providing services to ALL South Africans, events like the Marikana strikes and killings should never happen. Even before the strikes, the living conditions of the miners were appalling and wages had not improved to match higher costs of living. Yet, senior politicians who had fought their way to prominence as union leaders and opponents of apartheid, are seen to be reaping the benefits of investments in mining and of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE). They have become increasingly distant from those whose support made them national leaders. Every newspaper I read told this story and it was reflected in a general atmosphere of gloom, brooding resentment and a certain amount of fear.
As Martin Plaut and Paul Holden recently wrote in Who Rules South Africa?, the business or tourist visitor to South Africa could easily think all was well by observing plush hotels, new offices and gleaming malls filled with the old white and new black middle classes spending money. But scratch below the surface and that appearance is a thin, cosmetic layer hiding intense poverty, failures to supply basic services such as education to the poor majority (eg: no textbooks for schools across Limpopo) and the grinding deprivation faced daily by those outside the privileged middle and super-rich classes.
How long can this last? Many commentators in newspapers such as the Mail and Guardian, Sowetan and City Press are asking whether Marikana is the turning point and whether politics and the solid support of the masses for the ANC will continue. There is a feeling that change, perhaps with much violence, is imminent.
I felt a change, but a change from confidence in the mid-1990s, through a fading but still evident hope in the early 2000s, to a rather bitter disillusionment and slow-burning anger now. The ANC will still be in power this time next year, but what will the political and industrial relations landscape look like?  Read more

S Africa – Malema says he won’t form a new party

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Speaking in Polokwane on Monday evening, Malema said he was not like those who formed the Congress of People (Cope) after their defeat at the ANC’s 2007 Polokwane conference.

Malema told his supporters he would remain outside the ANC gates like an “expelled child” waiting for his parents to change their mind and let him back in.

“We are not going to be like those who were defeated in Polokwane and formed another party,” said Malema.

“We are waiting for the day the parents will change their mind and we’ll go in.”

Former top ANC officials Mosiuoa Lekota, Mluleki George and Mbhazima Shilowa formed Cope after their presidency candidate Thabo Mbeki lost to Jacob Zuma at Polokwane 2007.

Malema told his supporters they would fight from the outside to make sure that Zuma was not re-elected in December at the ANC’s national conference to be held in Mangaung.

Friends of the Youth League championed a campaign – Bring Back Malema (BBM) – after he lost his appeal to remain the league president.


“You don’t have to be office bearers for you to lead. We lead with ideas. Zuma does not have thinking capacity, that’s why his political report to the national general council was that of the ANC Youth League,” said Malema.

“We are going to fight until we achieve what we stand for, we are not going to dissolve. The struggle for economic freedom is not going to please individuals.”

Malema claimed that the Zuma leadership removed him because they were afraid of youth league ideas.

According to Malema the ANC was in crisis because there were no more revolutionaries at the top. – Sapa

See also – Youth League lashes out at Eastern Cape ANC.

S Africa: Malema says ANC Youth League wants change even without him

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