The ANC Youth League wants the Cosatu labour federation, which is one of the ANC’s two partners in the ruling alliance, to withdraw its allegation that some in the ruling party are self-serving political hyenas. The latest round started with a Youth League news conference to spin the outcome of the National General Council their way and was followed by a statement from Cosatu giving the context of general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s comments.
“We are still suffering from flu from Durban… and already Vavi insults leaders of the ANC as hyenas,” Malema told reporters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.
The ANC’s national general council (NGC) in Durban last week came out strongly against ill-discipline and public spats.
“That spirit of the NGC was completely undermined by the general secretary of Cosatu,” Malema said.
He urged ANC leaders to take action.
“Delegates spoke in one voice that discipline must be applied consistently… we are awaiting that consistency from leadership.”
Wearing a polka dot shirt and a black suit Malema, accompanied by the ANCYL national working committee, briefed journalists on the Youth League’s take on the NGC.
Malema himself was subjected to disciplinary action earlier this year over public comments comparing President Jacob Zuma to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.
ANCYL secretary general Vuyiswa Tulelo, flanking Malema at the briefing, said the league would press on with its bid to have disciplinary charges against Malema dropped. The ANCYL’s attempt to have the charges nullified at the NGC was shot down.
That was from the news conference, but here is the ANCYL’s NGC wrapup and Cosatu’s response to the news conference comments: