The recent chorus calls for the return of ANC’s prodigal son, Julius Malema is gradually turning into a political hot potato among the ANC structures.
Earlier this week, Mpumalanga African National Congres (ANC) Premier David Mabuza admitted that ANC is weaker without Julius Malema.
Speaking to delegates of the ANCYL special provincial general council in Mbombela, Mabuza said if Malema was still in the ranks of the ANC, the ruling party could be in a better position than having him outside its ranks.
The sentiment was also supported and shared by the ANC Youth League president Collen Maine on Tuesday. Maine told reporters that people who were expelled from the ANC, including Malema, must come back.
“The ANC is a home for everybody. We need each other in the ANC. The ANC is a big elephant, but if many people leave, the elephant will collapse. We must do everything in our power to prevent the elephant from collapsing,” he said.
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has also urged the ruling party to recruit former members who are now with various parties and those who never joined the ANC before, in order to regain its lost ground.
The provincial league asserted that recruiting Malema and others back would collapse the EFF, which is built in the name of the ANCYL.
“The EFF is built with the policies of the ANCYL and its erstwhile leader stole the policies of the ANC. EFF)is built in the image of Julius Malema. If Julius Malema leaves the EFF, there is no EFF.
So we believe that he would come back with his supporters who left with him to form the EFF,” ANC’s Sabelo said.
Once more, the call has been re-echoed by ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala. Zikala said he believes ANC structures should be debating on how to bring back the EFF leader to his first political home.
Speaking to Jacaranda FM on Wednesday morning, the KZN ANC leader reiterated that the KwaZulu-Natal province supports the idea of land expropriation without compensation – which is an ideal that resonates with the EFF’s policy on land.
Regardless of the calls, the EFF has vowed that the chief fighter will never return to the party from which he was expelled in 2012 for bringing it into disrepute.
“The CIC Julius Malema will never be recruited into any political work or formation by a kleptocrat like Mabuza. DD Mabuza represents everything that is wrong about the ruling party; he is like Zuma’s first born kleptomaniac. Like all kleptocrats, they suffer deep ideological bankruptcy because all they know is corruption.
The CIC Julius Malema is leading a glorious people’s alternative, the EFF, which is very close to collapsing DD Mabuza’s ANC. The future has written the ANC off because it betrayed the people and the African Revolution. EFF is the future and no one can stop it,” said the EFF in a statement.
The fighters also slated Premier David Mabuza for making such call.
Weighing in personally, Malema said he doesn’t imagine himself returning to the ANC.
He said the ruling party is a threat to the nation, adding that this accounts for why the EFF dealt with in the 2016 municipal election.
“Go to the ANC? I don’t imagine myself doing that. We voted for the removal of the ANC. For your information, we have not gone into coalition with anyone.
We voted for the removal of the ANC. We did not vote for the DA or the IFP. Anything that would have removed the ANC, we would have voted for them. The ANC is an immediate threat to South Africa.”
Julius Malema served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012. He was a staunch member of the party and had publicly defended its leaders at the time until his expulsion from the party in April 2012.
After his disgraceful expulsion, he formed the EFF in July 2013 – after the ANC thought his political career would have hit the rocks.