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September 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The ANC has finally done what many will argue it should have been done so many years ago – rein in its youth league. The ANC Youth League, in particular its president Julius Malema has been going about like he is untouchable and therefore can run away with quite anything.

The latitude he had enjoyed made him to live without limits – test the part systems and structures to the limit to a point of attaching election to the ANC nationa executive committee to endorsement of the league call for nationalisation and apropriation without compensation. Those who dared to call for the opening up of the debate economic transformation like Ministers of Mining and Public Enterprise, Susan Shabangu and Malusi Gigaba respectively.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was the ANC Youth League call for a regime change in neighbouring Botswana. This threw the government’s relationship with Botswana and other countries into disarray. The South African government was cast as a dog that was being wagged by its tail.

To stem the tide of degeneration the ANC officials laid charges against the league president Julius Malema and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu. The charges were later extended to the rest of the YL officials. In an about turn aimed at escaping censure, the league called for a political settllement. The ANC was more than willing to engage with its youth wing on an issue except the dropping of the charges.

On the eve of the disciplinary hearing of Malema and Shivambu, league members were bussed into Johannesburg to hold a vigil in support of the accused. The following saw attempts at storming the ANC headquaters. Police and journalists were attacked – so were the hawkers goods destroyed.

All sane South Africans condemned the YL sponsored violence in the vicinity of Luthuli House.

The eyes of the world are on the ANC – will the ANC restore order and respectability within its ranks or will it bring back an even more re-loaded Malema to wreak havoc in the count. The coming few days will settle this once and for all.