ANC ‘jumped gun’ by talking to media about hearing

2011-09-02 13:22

Information regarding ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema’s disciplinary hearing, which was channelled to the media by the ANC, was against its own constitution, the league said today.

“The youth league’s understanding of the ANC Constitution’s clause concerning public communication is that it can only be done once all processes have been finalised,” said spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

The league would stand by this understanding in its own dealings with the media, it said.

The information so far divulged did not reflect what had happened in the hearing so far, it claimed.

For example, the report released by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee claimed that Malema had argued that charges brought against him were contrary to the ANC’s Constitution.

The league said this was untrue and had been refuted by Malema.

As such, the league would issue an urgent application for future ANC communications of this nature to be stopped.

The national disciplinary committee announced to the media this morning that Malema’s bid to have the hearing dropped had been rejected.

Malema’s former deputy, Andile Lungisa, told supporters at Beyers Naude Square in central Johannesburg that the league’s national executive committee was “surprised” by the outcome of today’s hearing.

“We have agreed to review what happened today.”

He said a number of surprises had arisen, but he urged the crowd to continue their support for their leader.

“We are putting on record that information communicated to the media is false and not genuine,” Lungisa said.

“The youth league never said it disrespected the ANC; we never said that. The league will always respect the ANC.”

He said they would stand behind Malema.

Lungisa told supporters that their presence was appreciated and that they should not be fooled by the media.

He announced Malema would be there in person on Tuesday.

Malema was brought before the national disciplinary committee on charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

He recently said the youth league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and to help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was “in full cooperation with imperialists” and undermining the “African agenda”.

Charged with him are youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Masenogi.

All except Shivambu were set to appear before the committee today.

His disciplinary hearing has been postponed. 

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