ANCYL meeting set to start

2010-05-12 13:00

The ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) top leadership was scheduled to

start a two-day meeting in Johannesburg today but would not talk about the

agenda.

Spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said: “We can’t pre-empt the

discussions of the national executive committee (NEC).”

She would not say if the outcome of ANCYL leader Julius Malema’s

disciplinary hearing would be up for discussion:

“It is not on the agenda of the NEC meeting.”

However, “The NEC will engage on the issues of the organisation,”

she said.

The national ANC today welcomed Malema’s decision to plead guilty

to contravening the ruling party’s constitution.

The charge related to him publicly criticising President Jacob Zuma

for rebuking Malema.

He was ordered to apologise to Zuma, pay a R10?000 fine to a youth

development project and attend the African National Congress’s political school

for 20 days.

ANC spokesperson, Brian Sokutu, said: “We have noted that, not only

has comrade Malema pleaded guilty to contravening the constitution of the ANC by

behaving in such a way as to provoke serious divisions or a breakdown of unity

in the organisation, but that he has showed remorse.

“He [Malema] has submitted an apology to the ANC president and the

republic which has now been made public,” he said.

The ruling party approved of the “remedial action” taken against

Malema, he added.

“The ANC is particularly pleased with the corrective nature of the

ruling which includes remedial action like attending the ANC political school

for at least 20 days within the next year, from the date of this ruling; and

attending programmes on effective leadership communication and anger

management.”

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) also welcomed

Malema’s guilty plea, saying: “While we believe the sentence imposed on him is

too lenient, we nevertheless believe that it is a lesson he will never forget as

a public apology from him will ’bring him down to mother earth’.”



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