ANCYL to update branches on charges levelled against leaders.

2011-08-27 13:07

The ANC Youth league (ANCYL) would hold meetings around the country to update provincial branches on the charges brought against its leadership by the ANC, it said today.

“The ANCYL will hold special provincial general councils and cadres assemblies on Sunday,” said spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

“They will be attended by all regions and branches of the ANCYL in their respective provinces ... to specifically give ANCYL branches an update on the charges levelled against the leadership.”

On Friday ANCYL president Julius Malema said he was ready to face his disciplinary hearing.

“Whatever happens to us, we are ready for that ... People should know that even if we are fired tomorrow, our blood will remain black, green and gold,” he said.

Last week, the ANC announced action against Malema and Shivambu.

The pair would face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division.

The charges related to comments on helping to bring about regime change in Botswana.

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

Malema and Shivambu are due before the ANC disciplinary committee on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Provincial youth league leaders were expected to hold a night vigil at ANC headquarters in Johannesburg on Monday.

The youth league also requested to meet with the ANC over the charges against Malema.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the party would meet with them.

On Tuesday, another four top ANCYL officials were charged for bringing the ANC into disrepute and disrupting a meeting.

The four included deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy, Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer-general Pule Mabe.

Their appearance dates were not known.

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