Youth leader of SA ruling party re-elected

Julius Malema, who sang a controversial apartheid-era song and favours mining nationalisation, "humbled" by result.

      Malema appeals to millions of young, disenfrenchised South Africans still living in abject poverty [EPA] 

    The youth wing of South Africa's ruling African National Congress has given its president, Julius Malema, for a second term, endorsing a proponent of mining nationalisation.

    The ANC Youth League, arguably the party's most powerful bloc, re-elected an unopposed Malema for another three-year term at its ongoing conference on Friday.

    Speaking to the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Malema said that he felt "humbled" by the result.

    "I'm humbled by the support that I got and the fact that the comrades have given me the mandate. I shall not disappoint," he said. 

    Long considered kingmakers within the ANC, the youth league has been used by senior members of the party to drive policy change and launch leadership races.

    Malema helped Jacob Zuma, the South African president, in his 2007 rise to power, although there has been friction between the two since, particularly over the issue of nationalisation.

    Zuma has dismissed the league's drives to nationalise mines in the world's biggest platinum producer and seize white-owned farms.

    Malema, the son of a domestic worker, has drawn the ire of whites for his singing of apartheid-era songs that advocate the shooting of white farmers.

    While his views may have unsettled foreign investors, he has won broad support from the millions of South Africans who are still mired in grinding poverty almost two decades after the end of apartheid.

    The four-day youth league conference has drawn about 6,000 delegates.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.