EFF leader Julius Malema has enumerated reasons why National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete was dumped by the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).

Malema told reporters during EFF’s post-SONA press briefing that he had an inside knowledge of how the ANCWL made a U-turn on its preferred female presidential candidate.

He alleged that Mbete was initially picked by the ANCWL as its preferred female presidential candidate but was later ‘dumped’ for some certain reasons.

Juju claimed that Mbete was ditched for Nkosazana because she took the wrong job. Malema said Mbete should have been South Africa’s deputy president, not the speaker.

But she was ‘deceived’ into accepting the post of the NA speaker while Zuma appointed Ramaphosa as his deputy. This mix-up made her lose all the benefits and chances of being picked as a female ANC presidency contender.

Secondly, Malema alleged that Mbete was used by Zuma and unceremoniously left out in the cold by the Women’s League.

Malema also believes that there is no political justification on why the women’s league suddenly left Baleka for Nkosazana. He revealed that the only reason why the league backed Nkosazana was because they have been bought by the Guptas.

He explained further that Nkozasana is one of the Guptas’ puppets and that an evidence the party submitted to former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela shows clearly that Nkosazana often visits the controversial family in their mansion.

In addition, he said the Women’s League knew Mbete was not going to be a sellable candidate because she had been disgraced in Parliament by the EFF on several occasions.

Malema said Mbete was rejected because the cows she sacrificed in her hometown didn’t work.

On paper, Baleka Mbete has the experience and is very eligible to stand for the post of ANC leader. She went into exile in 1976 and served the ANC in several southern African states.


The truth remains that no one could have imagined what stands in store for the ANC and the country had it been the ANCWL endorsed her – considering the way she handles South Africa’s Parliament.