Daily Dispatch

Malema insists he will lead ANC


JULIUS Malema, speaking for the first time since his expulsion as ANC Youth League president, boasted proudly of the widespread support he still commands.

Beyond this, Malema said he would triumph one day – not to return to the youth league, but to the mother body as its president.

“I will lead this ANC. You must put it [this date] in the archives. I am going to be a leader of the African National Congress – no matter what time it takes,” he boasted.

The defiant Malema clearly felt that his support base was broad enough to protect him from disappeari­ng into a political wilderness.

Although his expulsion prohibits him from speaking about party matters and convening any public gatherings in the name of the ANC, a confident Malema warned nothing would stop him from achieving his ambition to lead the mother body.

“We are prepared to fight this battle until we reclaim our position in the ANC as that is were we belong.”

Malema vowed: “We are going straight to the ANC … 200km per hour there. We are not going to turn back, this is our home.”

Malema’s utterance came a day after weekend newspapers reported that Human Settlement­s Minister Tokyo Sexwale was ready to step into the leadership race for president of the ANC – in direct contravent­ion of the party’s decree that open electionee­ring would only start in October once branches had made their nomination­s.

Malema, in an about-turn yesterday, appears to have thrown his lot with Sexwale, despite earlier signs that he would support Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Malema’s open support for Sexwale comes a day after City Press reported that the former business tycoon’s company, Mvelaphand­a Holdings, paid at least R100 000 into Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust.

Yesterday, Malema refused to discuss his financial affairs and whether Sexwale was his benefactor. But, he proudly stated, Sexwale was the first to come to his assistance.

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