Malema: My blood is black, green and gold

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema said on Friday he was ready to face a disciplinary hearing, adding that the real ANC was not a pig that eats its children.

“Whatever happens to us, we are ready for that … People should know that even if we are fired tomorrow, our blood will remain black, green and gold,” he said at a gala dinner for young women in Centurion, Pretoria, late on Friday.

He said he would remain a loyal member of the ruling party, despite the fact that a charge of violating the ANC’s constitution could see him stripped of his membership.

He said the ANC “is not a pig”.

“It does not eat its own children, because the ANC that eats its own children is no longer the ANC we know.”


Malema said regardless of the outcome of his hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, he would remain a loyal ANC member. A membership card did not define him.

“What defines you, it’s the consciousness, it’s the blood, and it’s what you believe in.”

Malema faced possible expulsion from the ANC for ill-discipline. He and league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu were officially charged on August 19.

‘Political discipline’
The league’s leaders had to subject themselves to the organisation’s discipline, he said. Should the party’s disciplinary committee decide to suspend him and disband the league’s entire top structure, he would accept this.

“As a disciplined member of the organisation you must accept the decision. Nobody will ever challenge the decision of the organisation.”

He however said the league understood discipline in the ANC to mean “political discipline”, and not the kind that punished dissenters.

Malema, who had been campaigning for nationalisation of mines and the appropriation of land without compensation, said the organisation was bigger than individuals.

On Tuesday the ANC charged youth league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe with violating the party’s constitution.

ANC national disciplinary committee chairperson Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday this related to the disruption of meetings and interfering with the orderly functioning of the party.

Malema and Shivambu were expected to appear before the committee on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The appearance dates for the other leaders were not known.

Provincial league leaders were expected to hold a night vigil at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday. – Sapa

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

ANC needs young leaders and uDuduzane could be one

Youth Day, June 16, reminds us of the role of youth in the struggle against oppression throughout the history of the ANC

Gamechangers: The morphing landscape of South Africa’s media

Two books on two media outlets, Daily Maverick and Independent newspapers, tell stories of success and failure

Show of political unity as South Africa battles Covid-19 outbreak

The president and political parties put their differences aside as South Africa tackles what has been described as one of its biggest post-apartheid challenges yet

ANC conferences postponed over Covid-19 threat

A postponement of the party’s internal processes gives President Cyril Ramaphosa breathing space and dents the attempts to move against his control of the ANC

Lawfare hits North West ANC regions

A flurry of legal cases before the party’s regional and provincial conferences are central to Supra’s fightback

Fear, ignorance stalks returnees from Wuhan

The cost of placing South African evacuees from Wuhan in quarantine in Limpopo will cost an estimated R6.7-million
Advertising

Western Cape warned not to be complacent about flat-lining Covid-19...

The Western Cape, which once had the highest number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa, is seeing a steady decline in active cases

Sisulu axes another water board

Umgeni Water’s board in KwaZulu-Natal was appointed irregularly by her predecessor, the water and sanitation minister claims
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday