ANC begins deliberations in Malema hearing

2011-11-07 07:31

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee started deliberating today after closing arguments were given in the hearing against youth leader Julius Malema and his co-accused.

Closing arguments ended late yesterday night, said ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza.

“The matter is now completely in the hands of the national disciplinary committee. They are going to need a few days to deliberate and come up with a decision,” he said.

“If they find him (Malema) guilty, the national disciplinary committee will have to explain and justify that decision.”

The verdict would be announced later this week or early next week, said Khoza.

Closing arguments in the hearing had been rescheduled twice before.

Malema’s first appearance before the committee took place at Luthuli House in September, but the venue was changed after violence erupted on the streets surrounding the ANC’s headquarters.

ANC Youth League members and supporters threw rocks, bottles and bricks at journalists and police, and burnt ANC flags and T-shirts bearing the image of President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC has charged Malema with bringing the party into disrepute and with sowing division within party ranks.

Earlier this year, he said the youth league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change.

Malema subsequently apologised for the remarks.

Also charged are ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu; deputy president Ronald Lamola; treasurer-general Pule Mabe; secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Malema was found guilty of criticising Zuma in another ANC disciplinary hearing last year and faces possible expulsion from the party if found guilty again.

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