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Malema says Lamola is still young and must wait his turn in the ANC leadership queue


Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has slammed ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola's handling of the issue of his becoming ANC deputy president.

Though Lamola stressed that there is a procedure within the ruling party that is followed when electing leaders in an interview with SABC's Mzwandile Mbeje last week, he also confessed that he wouldn't "mind" if that process favored him.

"Would you accept Ronad Lamola's nomination for deputy president if the structures decide to do so?" Mbeje posed the issue to Lamola, who said, "I will answer that question when the ANC electoral commission asks me that question if it occurs." I like the concept, but I'll have to follow the organization's procedures. Lamola was speaking in his capacity as the current Minister of Justice and Correctional Services.

"It would be contingent on the conference's outcomes." That is something I will leave to the ANC's processes. The ANC procedures have a hold on Ronald Lamola. That is a process that I must respect. We'll let the process take its course, and hopefully they'll make their decision in the way they desire," said Ronald Lamola in his reply to the question posed by SABC’s Mzwandile Mbeje.

Lamola went on to say that a generational mix in the top six and other leadership structures would be beneficial to the party.

"The ANC institutions, from the top six through the NEC, provinces, regions, and branches, must include a generational mix." Because the two most powerful opposition parties in the nation are led by young people, the ANC must have an open and frank conversation about how to inject that generation with energy so that it can reinvent leadership," said Lamola.

Malema stated this is not how Lamola should reply to this issue during a press conference on Tuesday. Malema claimed that Lamola should not even be considering the role since the ANC Youth League has a generation of leaders that came before him.

"Why would he aspire to be vice president ahead of the previous generation? In the youth league, there was a generation before him. Malusi [Gigaba] and [Fikile] Mbalula are members of a generation. You don't talk about yourself when you're a leader; you talk about those who came before you. I once told Mbalula that I couldn't be president of the youth league ahead of Sihle Zikalala since he was from the generation before us. I didn't say me?' when I was approached. 'I've been waiting for it,' I said, 'there are people ahead of us,' since that's how we were raised. You never compete against a generation before you. That's exactly what he should be doing," said Malema in an EFF press conference. 

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