Having witnessed a hotly contested municipal elections, the youth wing of the governing ANC (ANCYL) has called on the party to consider recalling the leader of the Economic Freedom fighters back to the ANC fold.
ANC Youth League (ANCYL) Gauteng chairperson Matome Chiloane who spoke with news media yesterday, said the ANC needed the firebrand leader to come home.
Malema was axed in 2012 for allegedly sowing division and bringing the party into disrepute. Ever since his dismissal from the party, Julius Malema has been a strong antagonist of the party and President Jacob Zuma’s administration.
Malema who was once a public supporter of the Zuma-led administration especially at the rise of his administration, has now turned out to become one of ANC’s worst nightmares.
Malema has now turned to be President Zuma’s greatest public enemy, throwing insults his way at every given opportunity and making Zuma’s immediate removal from government one of his life goals.
Calling the EFF’s Julius Malema back to the ANC umbrella could be seen as a dream that may never come true following the political spite between ANC’s Zuma and Malema.
In a clear sign of continued protest, the EFF leaders also left the IEC results centre in Tshwane when Zuma arrived on Saturday night to speak as guest of honour. The four young women who staged a silent protest against him while he spoke were also understood to be members of the EFF
However, ANCYL Chiloane said, the ANC is waiting with hands wide open to receive Malema back if he finally decides to return to the fold. “If he wants to come back, we will gladly accept him.” he said, adding that Malema’s expulsion from the ruling party could have been “handled differently”.
Chiloane’s recent comments echos that of the party Chairperson Boy Mamabolo who few months back, confirmed that his branch had, at a meeting two weeks earlier, resolved that Malema should be reinstated to the ANC because he was a “good leader”. He said the branch would write a letter to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe after “engaging” Malema.
“It was a big mistake. That guy is a good mobilizer and a leader by birth.” Asked how he would convince Malema to return to the ANC, Mamabolo replied: “I will talk to him because I am the only person he can listen to at the moment. If push comes to shove, we will talk to Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela because he has a soft spot for Mama Winnie,” Mamabolo reportedly stated.
ANC/ EFF Coalition Will Never Happen
The ANC recorded a huge draw back in party support during the last local government election which saw the party losing majority support in three powerful metros: Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, to its strong opposition – the DA.
The election result also had Malema’s party, EFF emerging as the kingmaker in a number of municipalities, where there was no outright winner. Hence, talks on coalition between the two parties in strategic metros have been ongoing
Speaking on this, ANCYL Chiloane said an ANC-EFF coalition was “in the interest of Gauteng residents” as it will help the party form a strong force against its main opposition – The Democratic Alliance.
“The enemy is the DA with its white handlers. They will bring back apartheid,” Chiloane.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma and some of his supporters have strongly come against the party’s move to align with EFF. In fact, Zuma’s supporter Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association chairperson Kebby Maphatsoe said such move is unacceptable.
“We cannot be dictated to by the opposition,” Maphatsoe said.
“If our comrades come and tell us that these are the EFF conditions, it means they don’t know what they are doing.”
“It will never happen,” Maphatsoe declared.
The ANC in Gauteng was due to hold an urgent provincial executive committee meeting today to chart a way forward. The party would also receive a report from its negotiators on coalition talks.