When the African National Congress (ANC) party suspended Julius Sello Malema for five years and subsequently expelled him, they never imagined they would be embarking on a #BringBackJuju campaign.
If fact, it was widely believed that Mr Malema’s political quest has been perpetually killed and buried. Malema himself believed so. That was why he wailed thus when he was kicked out of the ANC for sowing division and bringing the party into disrepute:
“We are used like toilet paper that is flushed in the toilet. We are used like condoms — those who use condoms will know how condoms work, they use them and they throw them somewhere else.”
But then, EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) happened. Juju resurrected, and directed all the outrageousness he’s always used to protect the ANC towards “persecuting” the party. He went from being ready to die for Jacob Zuma to wanting the President locked up to languish in prison.
Now, reports have it that the ANC has initiated a #BringBackJuju campaign in-order to restrengthen the ruling party.
As culled from a Sowetan Live report, the Mpumalanga ANC chairman, David Mabuza is leading the move to bring back the EFF leader to the ANC.
The Mpumalanga ANC chairman who’s also, the premier of the Mpumalanga province, reportedly asserted before the ANCYL provincial general council (PGC) in Mbombela that the African National Congress party lost its strength when Juju was expelled.
Mabuza was quoted to have said:
“You members of the ANCYL, go back to your branches and bring back members that have left the ANC.
I myself am considering bringing Malema back into the ANC. I am following him, he might be talking too much, but it is better if he spoke like that in the ANC. When I bring him back you must welcome him.”
With the above, the Mpumalanga premier buttressed thus:
“The ANC, since 2007 in Polokwane, and 2012 in Mangaung, has lost members, some formed Cope, I can see they are also fading.
I also belonged to another faction which supported the current president (Jacob Zuma) as I was a deputy chairperson of the province, while my chairperson comrade Thabang Makwetla was supporting (former) president Thabo Mbeki.
These factions continued in 2012 in Mangaung, where, after the conference the EFF was formed. This means in each conference the ANC loses members.
So, this PGC must come out united with an understanding that we cannot let another group leave the ANC come the national conference.”
From our gatherings, Mabuza’s move to bring Malema back has been welcomed by many ANC members including Ronald Lamola.
Meanwhile, Mr Mabuza announced that he wouldn’t contest for another term as ANC provincial chairman but proclaimed that he’s ready to become a leader of the ruling party at national level.
“When I leave this province because I’m now 56 years old, young people must lead the ANC here. This is my third term as ANC chairperson and I am not going for another term,” he remarked.