ANCYL still supports Malema
The ANCYL won’t send members to Malema’s case because it needs to focus on its main challenges.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Wednesday said former leader Julius Malema was wrong to label the League's Deputy President Ronald Lamola a "little boy", saying he is failing to show leadership.
The controversial politician was quoted by The Star newspaper on Wednesday after the League decided not to organise demonstrations in support of Malema during his court appearance on Friday.
Malema is accused of money laundering relating to government money paid for tenders by the Limpopo provincial government.
ANCYL spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said the League needs to focus on its main challenges.
"One of the ways that we do that is by stopping our members from going up and down to court cases that the organisation is not liable to answer for. The ANCYL is not alleged to have laundered any money. We are not facing any court action."
She said the League was not changing its tune on Malema.
"I want to dispel the notion that we have changed or moved away from Malema as not true."
Previously, the ANCYL claimed the criminal charges against Malema were politically motivated.