Malema defends Winnie against criticism
Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has come to the defence of his "mama" Winnie Madikizela-Mandela after she was criticised by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
The Saturday Start quotes Malema as saying: "Mama doesn't need Mantashe."
"She was in the struggle long before Mantashe. Not even the boers could tell her to keep quiet. He is over-exaggerating his power and influence."
Mantashe had criticised Madikizela-Mandela calling her "ill-disciplined" after she attended a public event with Malema and other suspended ANCYL members.
Malema also attacked Mantashe's performance as secretary-general saying he had been "making a lot of stupid mistakes" for the ANC.
The former youth leader vowed that Mantashe would lose his position at the ANC's elective conference this December in Mangaung.