Is Malema still pulling ANC strings?

An analyst says Julius Malema could still be pulling the strings of the organisation from behind the scenes.

Analyst said Julius Malema could still be pulling the strings of the organisation from behind the scenes.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions where being asked on Wednesday as to why President Jacob Zuma issued a directive for the African National Congress (ANC) to distance itself from a group calling itself Friends of the Youth League.

Analysts said they feared the organisation would disrupt memorial lectures Zuma is set to give across the country for the rest of the year.

Zuma told the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC that anyone found to be fraternising with the group, will be subjected to internal discipline.

The Friends of the Youth League campaigns for the reinstatement of Julius Malema as Youth League president and wants Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Zuma as ANC president at the party conference in Mangaung.

Independent analyst Somadoda Fikeni said, "In fact, going through these different provinces, delivering lectures would have been the most opportune moment for him to firm up his campaign for retaining the position in December.

"The challenge that began to erode on his image has to be a worrying factor."

The next memorial lecture is due this month in the North West.

Analyst said Malema could still be pulling the strings of the organisation from behind the scenes.

Ronald Lamola was installed as acting president because of Malema's expulsion.

He was put in charge of the league after the ANC banned Lamola from attending ANC National Executive Committee meetings, if he did not formally take on the title.

Fikeni said this does not put Malema out of the picture.

"Where one would imagine that informally Malema will be interacting with them, but a parallel process where the formal ANC youth league structure will campaign on the same platform and issues, which Malema will be campaigning for using the forums outside the ANC."

Malema is currently in London where he criticised the president in several media interviews.