I will lead the ANC - Malema

One day I will lead the ANC, says former ANCYL president Julius Malema.

Former ANCYL president Julius Malema. Picture: EWN

Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Monday said he will make a political comeback and will one day lead the ruling party.

He made the comments at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Illovo, Johannesburg.

In April, the ANC's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA) upheld an earlier ruling and expelled the defiant leader for sowing divisions and bringing the party into disrepute.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was suspended for three years, while Secretary General Sidiso Magaqa was suspended for one year.

Monday's press conference could prove to be Malema's biggest comeback moment.

The firebrand politician claims his disciplinary hearing was the work of "politically motivated individuals".

Malema told the press that he is like a rough diamond that needs a bit of polishing.

"I have no worries about what is happening now. These are testing moments. We are sitting in an exam room, we must pass this one."

Malema said he has no plans to form his own political party.

He also denied taking money from Human Settlement Minister Tokyo Sexwale and declined to comment on his financial and tax problems.

The fiery youth leader vowed to remain president of the ANCYL, claiming only its leadership could decide his fate.