Malema faces expulsion from ANC over Gaddafi backing outburst

JOHANNESBURG – The motor-mouthed ANC Youth President Julius Malema has publicly questioned President Jacob Zuma’s leadership and judgement.

Speaking at an ANC Youth League conference in Limpopo, Malema accused Zuma of abandoning Nelson Mandela’s foreign policy principles by siding with the “imperialists” in supporting a United Nations resolution to establish a no-fly zone over Libya to curb Muammar Gaddafi’s military assault on civilians.

Now the league leader could be thrown out of the ANC for defying its national disciplinary committee. Last year, Malema pleaded guilty to undermining Zuma by implying he was worse than his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, after the president had warned him against publicly criticising him and causing divisions in the party.

Malema was told he would be expelled if he breached the ANC constitution again.

Addressing a regional conference in Tzaneen, Limpopo, at the weekend, Malema said Zuma had been making poor decisions since being elected ANC president in 2007.

“South Africa voted in favour of imperialists and we cannot smile about that. The ANC of Nelson Mandela would never have voted for the killing of fellow Africans imposed by our former masters.

“Since he got into power, Comrade Zuma has been surrounded by bad advisers. I’m dismayed and shocked at the way our country makes its decisions. How can they vote for the interests of the UN and the United States of America, a country which clearly wants control over oil reserves?”

The league supported “revolutionary leaders” such as Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro and Gaddafi, Malema said, but not the killing of citizens in Libya.