The youth wing of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress will follow the party’s order to replace its expelled leader, Julius Malema, it said in a statement.
The ANC Youth League’s National Executive Committee, its highest permanent decision-making body, “resolved to subject itself to the guidance of the ANC,” it said in an e-mailed statement today.
President Jacob Zuma last month said it was “high time” the ANC intervened to correct and rebuild its youth wing, which hadn’t replaced Malema as president nearly a year after he was expelled for sowing disunity. The Youth League didn’t say whether it will vote for a new leader or replace Malema from the current NEC.
Once one of Zuma’s most vocal supporters, Malema fell out with the president when the government didn’t take up the Youth League’s campaign to seize control of mines owned by companies such as Anglo American Plc, Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd., and Kumba Iron Ore Ltd.
At last month’s party conference, the ANC rejected a letter by Malema, asking for his March expulsion to be overturned.
“We accept and respect the outcome of the National Conference, thus bringing the matter to finality,” the Youth League said.