The provincial ANC leader and Premier of Mpumalanga said that he was planning to recruit Malema to leave the Economic Freedom Fighters and come back ‘home’ to the ANC.
Mpumalanga ANC chairman David Mabuza has told delegates attending the ANCYL’s provincial general council that he was planning to speak to EFF firebrand national leader Julius Malema to come back to the ANC.
Mabuza said he was not scared of Malema and “he knows that”.
He said that ANC disunity started in the 2007 elective conference in Polokwane where ex-ANC national leader Thabo Mbeki was defeated by current President Jacob Zuma.
“I was part of the factions,” he told youth league delegates. “And I was supporting the current President [Zuma]. I was deputy chairperson then and the chairperson Thabang Makwetla was supporting the other faction.”
“In Mangaung it was the same. The same sickness continued and was started by the ANCYL this time and EFF was born,” Mabuza said.
“And now we’re going to another conference, must we continue the same way?” he asked to which delegates replied: “No!”.
The ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province held its provincial general council at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Mbombela campus to take resolutions.
In July 2016 provincial congress, Tim Mashele was elected youth league Mpumalanga chairman deputised by Trevor Nkosi, Pholoso Mbatsane elected secretary deputised by Sonto Mnguni, and Sam Masango elected treasurer but the congress was disrupted by a scuffle before delegates could go to commissions.
It was adjourned at the time and this weekend’s council sought to continue and conclude that process.
“I’m thinking that Julius Malema should come back home. I’m merely thinking,” Mabuza told the delegates.
“I keep following him wherever he goes and I’ll find him,” he said to thunderous applause.
“I want unity'” Mabuza said. “And if I bring him back home don’t be angry and say ‘where are you bringing this one to’, no, he must come back home.”
He said there had to be unity in South Africa and all ANC factions should understand that “at any given time in our time there will be one leader”.
(edited by ZK)
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