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Malema in the News: ANCYL President Faces Expulsion Over Call for Botswana Coup

An Inconvenient YouthThe ANC’s disciplining of ANCYL president Julius Malema has been seen by some as a strategic move by Zuma and party leaders to keep Zuma in power for a second term. Following his call to overthrow the democratically-elected Botswanan government, the ANC have threatened Malema with expulsion.

In an article by David Smith for the Guardian, Fiona Forde, author of An Inconvenient Youth, says that the ANC could have acted a long time ago, but did nothing instead: “I think they were hoping Malema would not be re-elected for a second term. He was re-elected and the first thing he did was talk about Botswana. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. He’s spoken out of turn and done more serious things in the past and nothing happened. Now they are looking for a way to nail him.”

Forde says this also reflects Zuma’s desire to remain in power: “It’s about December 2012 when the party goes to the next leadership conference and Zuma knows he has to control Malema if he is to comfortably secure himself a second term.”

A firebrand youth leader seen as a threat to Jacob Zuma’s hopes of re-election as South African president faces possible expulsion from the governing African National Congress (ANC).

Julius Malema, arguably the most colourful and divisive figure in South African politics, was charged with bringing the ANC into disrepute after calling for the overthrow of the democratically-elected government of neighbouring Botswana.

Analysts believe the public disciplinary measures could reflect a desire by Zuma and other party leaders to crush the youth league president, whose provocative outbursts on topics such as race relations and nationalisation of the mining industry are a thorn in their side.

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