The Chris Hani branch of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape on Friday sharply criticised the “unruly” league president Julius Malema.

In a statement signed by branch secretary, Vuyisile Schoeman, the ANCYL branch expressed regrets for having supported Malema in his campaign to lead the league.

The branch also welcomed the call by former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota for a national convention.

The statements added: “The truth is the ANC is in deep crisis mainly due to his (Malema’s) loose comments about senior members of the congress movement as well as other respected members of the society.”

The branch met on Friday and concluded that Malema posed “a real danger to the future of young people of this country”. The branch described him as “a political comedian and a despot in the making.

“As members of the ANCYL in the Western Cape and as young people of South Africa, we definitely want to dissociate ourselves from the arrogant utterances of Julius Malema,” Schoeman said.