Malema’s suc­ces­sor re­vealed


Sunday World - - Front Page - MOIPONE MALEFANE

THE ANC’S na­tional dis­ci­plinary ap­peals com­mit­tee’s (NDAC) decision to up­hold Julius Malema’s five-year sus­pen­sion from the ANC has paved the way for ANC Youth League deputy pres­i­dent Ron­ald Lamola to take over as act­ing league pres­i­dent.

Lamola, who is one of Malema’s pro­teges, is em­pow­ered by the league ’ s con­sti­tu­tion to suc­ceed Malema.

How­ever, Malema’s de­par­ture could spark a bit­ter suc­ces­sion strug­gle as there have been dis­cus­sions among youth league mem­bers that the league’s trea­surer Pule Mabe or Gaut­eng youth league chair­man Le­bo­hang Maile take over from Malema.

Yes­ter­day the NDAC dis­missed Malema and league spokesper­son Floyd Shivambu’s ap­peals. This ef­fec­tively means both Malema and Shivambu are sus­pended for five and three years re­spec­tively.

The decision will also force both Malema and Shivambu to va­cate their Luthuli House of­fices im­me­di­ately.

NDAC chair­per­son Cyril Ramaphosa, how­ever, dis­missed an­other charge of mis­con­duct against youth league of­fi­cials.

This re­lated to the day last year when they forced their way into the meet­ing of ANC of­fice bear­ers where Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma was present. This means Mabe, Lamola and Kenetswe Mosenogi can walk free.

Soon af­ter the NDAC handed down its decision, Malema, Shivambu, league sec­re­tary Sindiso Ma­gaqa, ac­com­pa­nied by their le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dali Mpofu, went to the home of ANC veteran Win­nie Madik­izela-man­dela in Soweto.

This was de­spite an ear­lier state­ment by Madik­izela-man­dela say­ing she would not meet Malema and the league of­fi­cials.

“There was no com­mu­ni­ca­tion made with any of her of­fices re­gard­ing this visit,” Madik­izela-man­dela’s of­fice said.

“Mrs Madik­izela-man­dela has been on leave from all her du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties af­ter hav­ing un­der­gone a knee op­er­a­tion on Jan­uary 25, 2012.”

In a state­ment on Fri­day, Shivambu had said league lead­ers would visit Madik­izela-man­dela af­ter hear­ing the out­come of their ap­peals.

Af­ter the visit at Madik­izela-man­dela’s home, Shivambu said it was busi­ness as usual for them and that Malema will at­tend the ANC’S NEC meet­ing to­day.

It was a day of drama and po­lit­i­cal ten­sions as Ramaphosa also dis­missed Ma­gaqa’s ap­peal against an or­der to make a public apol­ogy within five days to ANC NEC mem­ber and Public En­ter­prise Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba. Ma­gaqa pub­licly at­tacked Gi­gaba who had ac­cused the league of mak­ing reck­less state­ments on the na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of mines.

Ma­gaqa was handed an 18-month sus­pen­sion, which was sus­pended for three years.

But the three, Malema, Shivambu and Ma­gaqa have 14 days to ar­gue for a lesser sen­tence at the ANC na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee. How­ever, that may mean noth­ing for Malema who al­ready has a pre­vi­ous sus­pended sen­tence which kicked in af­ter he was found guilty again.

Shivambu said the league will meet its re­gional and pro­vin­cial lead­ers in Pre­to­ria on Thurs­day to dis­cuss the ap­peals out­come and that Malema will at­tend the meet­ing.

He added that the meet­ing was sched­uled be­fore Ramaphosa handed down the NDCA’S decision.

Ramaphosa ’ s decision means Malema and Shivambu can­not at­tend that meet­ing, which is likely to de­gen­er­ate into dis­cus­sions about Malema’s sus­pen­sion.

There have been dis­cus­sions about who should take over as Malema will be ab­sent from the league for five years.

Although the league’s con­sti­tu­tion al­lows Lamola to take over, the ANCYL NEC can de­cide to hold a na­tional gen­eral coun­cil to elect some­one to fill Malema’s post.

The other al­ter­na­tive is that the league ’ s regions can call for a spe­cial congress to hold fresh elec­tions.

Lamola is seen to be close to Malema and Ma­gaqa, which means that un­der their lead­er­ship, the league will con­tinue to push for ANC lead­er­ship change at the party’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in Man­gaung in De­cem­ber.

Lamola hails from Mpumalanga and his re­la­tion­ship with David Mabuza, the ANC chair­man in the prov­ince, has de­te­ri­o­rated be­cause of Mabuza’s close re­la­tion­ship with Zuma.

Malema and the youth league have called for Zuma to be re­placed by his deputy Kgalema Mot­lanthe and ANC sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe’s po­si­tion to be taken by for­mer youth league leader and Malema’s close ally Fik­ile Mbalula.

Picture An­to­nio Muchave

DE­LIV­ER­ING SEN­TENCE: Cyril Ramaphosa dur­ing the an­nounce­ment of the Na­tional Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee of Ap­peals hear­ings of Julius Malema and other mem­bers of the ANCYL at Chief Al­bert Luthuli House, Jo­han­nes­burg.

Suzan Sha­bangu

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