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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

We are prepared to kill for Zuma

African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema has vowed that the youth of South Africa would die in supporting ANC president Jacob Zuma.

"We are prepared to die for Zuma," Malema told a Youth Day rally in Thaba Nchu in the Free State.

"We are prepared to take up arms and kill for Zuma," Malema added at the end of his speech, while the crowd clapped hands and laughed.

Earlier, Malema said there was no question that the ANC president would be the country's next president.

He told the gathering that those who did not respect the current ANC leadership should go.

Malema said those in the party that have indicated that they would not be available for positions in the new government, under Zuma, should not wait but leave now.

He also reiterated that the Scorpions case against Zuma, expected to begin later this year in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, should be dropped.

"The future belongs to us.

"We do not want a situation where the state prosecutes its own president," Malema said.

He said the ANCYL was planning to assemble a legal team to try to get the case against Zuma thrown out of court.

"This issue is dividing the country," said Malema, adding that the Youth League would turn to the court to try to stop this issue.

Malema also urged the youth not to take part in xenophobic attacks.

"Those that beat up foreign nationals must rot in jail," he said.

Earlier Zuma had urged ANCYL members to finish the league's national conference at the end of the month without any unruliness.

Zuma said the party earlier watched with great disappointment ANCYL delegates displaying rude behaviour in front of national ANC leadership members, international guests and representatives from civil society at its recent unfinished conference in Bloemfontein.

"This has become visible in recent times, as we are constantly being subjected to some shocking behaviour by some of our members, which are alien to the conduct of members of the ANC," Zuma told an ANCYL rally at Thaba Nchu in the Free State.

The ANCYL national conference in April this year ended in a state of disorder at the University of the Free State.

The conference, which was marked by various disruptions, only managed to elect the top five office bearers of the ANCYL, after five days of deliberation.

It was eventually stopped to get "guidance" from the ANC on how to continue.

On Monday, Zuma said the behaviour seen during this conference could not be accepted "to gain ground" within the organisation.

Some of this behaviour included photos in the media of delegates exposing their buttocks at opposition delegates.

"It is a challenge to the Youth League to ensure that (this) behaviour is not tolerated and it is condemned in the strongest possible terms," said Zuma.