ANCYL top brass to meet

2012-05-04 15:18

The ANC Youth League will hold a national executive committee meeting this weekend to discuss its future.

Spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said she could not confirm where and when it would be take place.

These details would be released later, she said.

The league’s deputy president Ronald Lamola on Tuesday reportedly said that the league would hold the meeting and then inform the nation of the direction it was taking.

He said the league was not in crisis following the announcement of the expulsion of its president Julius Malema from the ANC on April 24.

“The Youth League is not in a crisis and we are convinced that through political engagements and through processes within the ANC ... we will be able to support the president of the Youth League, comrade Floyd, [and] comrade Sindiso Maqaga,” said Lamola.

Spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and secretary general Sindiso Magaqa were also suspended from the ruling party, for three years and one year respectively.

Malema was originally suspended for five years for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute. He was found to have done so by unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana.

He unsuccessfully appealed, but was granted leave to present evidence in mitigation to the ANC’s national disciplinary committee.

However, on February 29 it announced the sanction against him was being increased to expulsion.

He again appealed and it was this appeal that the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA) dismissed on April 24. The NDCA also dismissed an appeal by Shivambu.

Despite this the league continues to insist that Malema will remain president until its next election in 2014.

Like Malema, Shivambu was found guilty of sowing division and bringing the ANC into disrepute. He was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

Magaqa’s appeal against his suspension was also dismissed, but it was reduced from three years to one year with immediate effect. He was ordered to vacate his position.

Magaqa was punished for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

Initially, his suspension was contingent on him apologising to Gigaba within 15 days. Magaqa apologised to Gigaba in a statement sent to the media on March 10.

Earlier this week Malema and Magaqa’s names were removed from the league’s website, leaving blank spaces next to those positions on the www.ancyl.org.za page listing its national executive committee.

The ANCYL said its website had been tampered with and the names had been restored.

Shivambu’s name also remained on the list of NEC members.

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