Cape Town – The ANC Youth League would like to get more information about the Dusi Canoe Marathon and the role Julius Malema will play in it before they agree to let him compete in it, the marathon’s club organiser said on Friday.
The youth league’s president was sent an invite on Wednesday to join world-class paddler Oscar Chalupsky and his brother, Herman, on their canoe for the three-day Dusi.
Ray de Vries, chairperson of the Natal Canoe Club which organises the race dubbed the “Comrades on the river”, said it was all about transformation.
“It’s caught the imagination of all the communities along the Dusi River,” De Vries said.
But Malema’s public relations manager Magdalene Moonsamy said that more information was needed before his people would allow him to commit to doing the marathon river challenge.
De Vries said that he’d sent a second invitation to Moonsamy as well Malema’s personal assistant but Moonsamy said the 500-word invite was still too short on detail and “too skeletal”.
But De Vries said that he had provided Malema’s team with more information, including the security set-up and why the league president specifically was asked to join in the event.
“Unlike cricket or rugby which focuses on quotas, the Dusi has transformed itself,” De Vries said.
De Vries previously said it would be a wonderful opportunity for the ANCYL and Malema.
“I don’t see what all the fuss with this Dusi is about,” Moonsamy also said.
“We are a political organisation.”
“We don’t have time for this, we only have time for politics,” the youth league’s Floyd Shivambu said on Friday.
Shivambu said on Wednesday when the first invite was sent that Malema would not take part.