'Malema is no longer your president'

The ANC has forced the ANC Youth League to accept Julius Malema can no longer represent them.

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has forced the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) to accept Julius Malema can no longer represent them.

Malema was expelled as ANCYL president by the party's National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) in April, after he made comments that President Jacob Zuma had turned the ANC into an unbearable dictatorship.

For three months since the former leader's expulsion, the youth league insisted it did not recognise anyone else in his position.

But the ANC threw down the gauntlet at its National Executive Committee (NEC's) lekgotla last weekend.

It said deputy president Ronald Lamola would not be allowed to attend ANC meetings if he was not formally seen as acting president of the league.

But the youth league said it needed to have Lamola in his position for it to keep functioning as an organisation.

ANCYL spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said "What is happening is that comrade Lamola is exercising the powers that are bestowed upon him by the (ANC) constitution. He has therefore assumed the responsibilities of the president in the absence of the president."

Malema this week told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) he would return to his "rightful" seat at the party's national elective conference in December.

He is currently in London on a business trip.