Birthday wishes for 'President' Motlanthe

The ANCYL on Thursday sent birthday wishes to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks during a post cabinet briefing on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Thursday sent birthday wishes to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, referring to him as "president".

In June, the Youth League also sent birthday wishes to former President Thabo Mbeki, but failed to wish President Jacob Zuma on his 70th birthday in April.

In 2007, Zuma defeated Mbeki at the ANC's national elective conference in Polokwane with the backing of the League.

But the situation has changed since ANCYL leader Julius Malema's expulsion.

ANCYL spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe sent a clear message.

"We have the utmost confidence in comrade Motlanthe to lead the ANC in Mangaung."