Malema said Lamola was groomed politically by current ANC second-in-command David Mabuza, who he now wants to oppose.
Malema believes such a move would be driven by factional interests and “uncontrollable desire for power” because Lamola's rise to the national arena through the ANCYL was sponsored by Mabuza.
“Now he wants to contest DD [Mabuza], his political mentor, the man who made him what he is today,” said Malema. “Who is he? He will not be a threat. He is a young man who suffers from uncontrollable ambition for power.
“Why would he want to be a deputy president ahead of those who came before him in the ANCYL. There is a generation of Malusi Gigaba, Lulu Johnson and Fikile Mbalula.”
Malema believes if Lamola supported his seniors, the ground would be fertile for Lamola and his cohort to rise to the top of ANC leadership ranks with ease, with the blessings of those who came before them.
“But in the ANC, there is no longer discipline, there is no longer even generational rubric, there is no longer a centre, there is no leadership. The membership is actually leadership, people who are supposed to be members are leaders themselves.”