Malema vows a Mangaung comeback

Former ANCYL leader Julius Malema told the BBC he would return to the ANC during its Mangaung conference.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema believes his expulsion from the mother body will automatically be overturned if President Jacob Zuma is defeated at Mangaung.

Malema spoke to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday, while on a business trip to London.

During the interview, a confident Malema proclaimed he would return to the ANC during its national elective conference in Mangaung, at the end of the year.

Because we are going to remove him successfully in December… I will walk in, into that conference, then shake his hand and proceed to occupy my rightful seat.

When asked why he and senior ANCYL members had turned on Zuma, a man they once strongly supported, Malema said "We thought the man will come to the party, but he has failed to live beyond himself for the sake of the office".

The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) in June decided to not review Malema's expulsion from the party.

He was expelled from the party by its National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) in April, after he made comments that Zuma had turned the ANC into an unbearable dictatorship.

Meanwhile, deputy president of the league, Ronald Lamola, told a gathering at Wits University on Monday that deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will one day lead the ANC.