Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for a political solution to the ANC Youth League leadership’s disciplinary woes. Speaking at the league’s lekgotla, being held in Centurion this weekend, Motlanthe said “There is no need that at any given point the relations between the ANC Youth League and the mother body should be fractured.” Youth league president Julius Malema and his deputies are still engaged in a disciplinary hearing with the ANC. They were found guilty of sowing divisions within the mother body and bringing the party into disrepute. Malema received a five-year suspension from the party’s National Disciplinary Committee but has been given leave to argue in mitigation of his sentence.
Using the example of a landlord who attempts to evict people who are living rent-free on his land, Motlanthe told the league that the ANC cannot remove its leadership without first providing them with alternatives.
He warned that although the league was entitled to having its own policies and resolutions, these need to be aligned with the constitutional policies of the ANC. “If they are not, you must immediately start engagement with the ANC,” he said, adding that this should be done directly with the party and not through the media.