Lamola almost didn’t make the cut

2012-06-12 14:41
Carien du Plessis
ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola was almost kicked out of yesterday’s ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting before he could state the case for the return of his expelled colleagues.

An NEC member who attended the meeting confirmed that Lamola refused to acknowledge that he was there as acting league president – the only way he can, according to the NEC’s rules, attend its meeting.

The league has up to now insisted that Julius Malema, who has been expelled from the ANC and the league, remained its president and that nobody would be acting in his place.

Malema is, however, not allowed to attend any ANC gatherings, including yesterday’s NEC meeting.

Lamola at the meeting insisted he was only deputy president, prompting calls from ANC leaders in the meeting for him to leave.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, who chaired the meeting, tried to help Lamola by suggesting that he was there in an acting capacity.

He eventually had to concede and presented the league’s petition to have the party’s national disciplinary committee’s decision to expel Malema overturned.

His request was refused by the NEC, which ruled that the disciplinary procedure had been fair.

“We wanted Lamola in the meeting so that the league could be represented and state its case, so we needed him there,” the NEC member said.

“He can go and report back to the league now.”