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Malema stole league's ideas - Ronald Lamola

Ronald Lamola says Julius Malema can't be allowed to simply steal the league's political platform.

Former ANCYL leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The former deputy president of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Ronald Lamola on Thursday said Julius Malema cannot be allowed to simply steal the league's political platform.

Lamola was Malema's deputy in the league before the controversial firebrand was expelled from the ANC.

Earlier this week Malema confirmed he was starting a new political party.

Lamola said Malema's policies were stolen from the youth league's last conference.

"Those aren't his [ideas] they're the [ideas] of the youth league."

However, he said he didn't regret knowing Malema so closely.

"You'll have different views and that's why the ANC has so many members [who] have their own views and there are times when we agree and disagree."

The league is now run by a national task team.

Meanwhile, Malema on Tuesday told Eyewitness News he could not be compared to people who left the ANC to form Congress of the People (COPE) because he was expelled and didn't leave voluntarily.

He added that whatever happened he would always been loyal to the party.

"I pledge my loyalty to this day and my commitment to the movement can't be questioned."

Malema said his new organisation would push for nationalisation.

He told Eyewitness News he didn't necessarily want to lead the political formation he was starting.

"I don't have any ambitions of leading any political formation and the charges against me are not serious and they are made up."

He said the ANC demonstrated that it was committed to a "neo-liberal, right-wing capitalist agenda".

Malema said his party would create radical change because the current system will only entrench poverty.

He said the ANC is losing credibility and opposition parties are fighting superficial issues.

FINANCIAL WOES

On Monday, Malema's Schuilkraal farm in Limpopo was auctioned off for R2.5 million to pay his tax bill.

In May, he lost his half-built Sandton house after it was auctioned off for R5.9 million.

He reportedly owes the taxman R16 million and he is facing corruption charges in Limpopo.

But he says the charges against him have been invented and he's ready for court.

"We want the date of the trial to be the 20 June because we want to be tested before a new party."

Malema's previously denied owing SARS money but his various properties were seized by several courts to pay his taxes.

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