Julius Malema Believes Ronald Lamola Is Cutting in Line for ANC Leadership and Needs to Wait

Julius Malema Believes Ronald Lamola Is Cutting in Line for ANC Leadership and Needs to Wait

  • Julius Malema believes that Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola should wait his turn to run for president of the African National Congress
  • Lamola expressed that the ruling party's leadership structure requires younger members to be truly competitive against the opposition
  • Malema responded to Lamola's remarks by saying that he should give the generation above him a chance first

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JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), believes Ronald Lamola is skipping essential steps in climbing the leadership ladder within the African National Congress (ANC).

Lamola is currently serving as a member of the ANC's National Executive Committee as the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. It is rumoured that he wants to throw his hat in the ring for the ruling party's internal presidential election in December.

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Malema said that Lamola needs to follow the customs of the party, namely rising through the ranks before running for party president. He added that Lamola must wait his turn and let the older generation run for election this year, TimesLIVE reports.

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Julius Malema is critical of Ronald Lamola's ambitions. image: RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP via Getty Images and Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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Lamola's ambitions within the ANC

Lamola has previously said that he thinks the ruling party's leadership structure will benefit from having younger people, according to The Citizen. His reason for holding this belief is that both the DA and EFF are led by youthful executives.

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“There must be generational mix in the ANC structures, from the Top 6, the NEC, the provinces, regions and branches," Lamola said.

Malema thinks that it is not Lamola's place to make this statement, because there are people who were in the Youth League above him who are better suited to executive positions in the ANC.

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South Africans react to Malema and Lamola's remarks

@Iec92175079 asked:

"What does it have to do with Julius Malema?'

@Lesba007 remarked:

"He knows Lamola's level of intelligence."

@robin06legal believes:

"Not for him to decide. Irrelevant."

@odirileram shared:

"The train is running out of steam."

@ras_al_ghool asked:

"When is the EFF elective conference?"

SA are not impressed with Lamola's support of Ramaphosa's ANC president 2nd term

Speaking of Lamola, Briefly News previously reported that the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola is not against President Cyril Ramaphosa receiving a second term as the presidential post of the African National Congress.

Lamola's support of Ramphosa comes after the Limpopo Premier Stanely Mathabatha also declared his support for Ramaphosa's second term, despite Ramaphosa still being mum about whether or not he will be running again.

During an interview with SABC News, Lamola was asked whether he believes Ramaphosa is deserving of a second term. The Justice Minister responded by saying that he considers Ramaphosa for continuity and stability deserves a second term in office.

Source: Briefly News

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