'We are not at war with Youth League'
Feb 7, 2010 10:59 PM | By NIVASHNI NAIR
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has publicly called for the ousting of one the SA Communist party's top leaders, Gwede Mantashe, and has insulted its deputy general secretary, Jeremy Cronin.
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YOUNG COMRADES: Members of the SACP Young Communist League Khaye Nkwanyana, Buti Manamela and Sifiso Gwala address journalists in Pietermaritzburg yesterday
Photograph by: ROGAN WARD
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But the Young Communist League downplayed the tension between the two youth leagues.
"There is no war. We need to appreciate that we have differences of opinion but that should not be regarded as war within the alliance.
"Whoever is looking at it as war is at war with themselves," Young Communist League secretary Buti Manamela yesterday said.
The recent public spat between the two leagues comes after SACP leaders booed Malema at an SACP conference in December.
Malema labelled Cronin a "white political Messiah" when he took a different position on the nationalisation of mines, and Malema announced that he would campaign for Mantashe to be ousted as ANC secretary-general in 2012. It was a hot topic at the YCL's national lekgotla which ended yesterday in Pietermaritzburg.
Manamela said that he was not calling for Malema to "tone down" but could not disguise his opinion of the ANC Youth League president's habit of insulting those who disagree with him.