South Africa's ANC turns up heat on fiery Malema

August 8, 2011 15:46

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling ANC tried to bring its Youth League leader Julius Malema to heel at a meeting on Monday after the populist politician troubled the party by calling for nationalization of mines and meddling in foreign affairs.

The meeting may temporarily silence the outspoken Malema but it will be difficult to keep down a man expected to be a power broker when the ANC elects its top officials at a party gathering next year, analysts said.

Neither the African National Congress nor the Youth League had any immediate comment on the meeting.

Malema's call to nationalize mines and seize white-owned land has unnerved investors but struck a chord with poor blacks who make up the majority of the population and who envision him as a future leader of Africa's biggest economy.

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