The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the leniency shown by the ANC towards its former president, Jacob Zuma, who was recently placed on immediate suspension.
While the ANCYL believes that Zuma should have been expelled immediately, it acknowledges that the ANC must follow the due process outlined in its constitution.
Zuma’s suspension came after he publicly announced his support for the newly registered uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MK) and campaigned for it, which goes against ANC principles.
The ANCYL questions how a leader facing continuous financial difficulties and struggling to pay his legal bills can front an organisation that appears to be well-funded, especially considering the resources being put into the MK Party’s election campaign.
The ANCYL sees Zuma’s actions as a betrayal and no longer believes he deserves their respect. This is a significant shift, as Zuma had previously used the ANC’s youth league to attack his political opponents.
Malatji said: “It was all about himself. After he’s left, it means the organisation must die because he has left. Now that is a selfish old man.”
ANCYL President, Collen Malatji, describes Zuma as a selfish old man, highlighting his self-centered approach and the potential harm it could cause to the organisation.
Malatji also raises concerns about the funding of the MK Party’s election campaign, pointing out the contradiction between Zuma’s alleged financial difficulties and the resources being poured into the party’s activities.
The ANCYL questions the source of these funds and how they are being used to mobilise voters. “… that has got golf T-shirts, that has got energy drinks in cans, all over the country mobilising people to vote for the party, giving them resources and hiring cars for them.”