ANCYL wants Malema ruling overturned

2010-05-13 16:18

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) wants to overturn the ruling that Julius

Malema’s party membership be suspended should he be found guilty of the same

offence within the next two years.

This follows the finding of the ANC’s national disciplinary

committee on Monday that the ANCYL boss was guilty of attacking President Jacob

Zuma after he had rebuked him in public.

The disciplinary committee ordered Malema to go to the ANC

Political School, to attend anger management classes and to pay a fine of R10

000. It ruled that his membership would be summarily suspended should he be

found guilty of contravening rule 25.5 (i) of the ANC constitution within the

next two years.

The league would take the matter up with the ANC’s national

executive committee (NEC), ANCYL secretary-general Vuyiswa Tulelo said today,

but it was not clear if this would happen at tommorow’s NEC meeting.

The NEC of the ANCYL, which ended

its two-day meeting in Muldersdrift, Johannesburg, today, took a decision that the Youth

League’s top leadership would attend political education classes and undergo

anger management training in solidarity with Malema.

The ANC Youth League leadership said it would ask members of the

organisation to foot the bill for Malema’s fine.


Tulelo said they had take the decision to support Malema because he

was articulating views of the collective leadership of the league.

“The reason why the NEC has taken a decision to announce to you

that we will take on the punitive measures meted out to the president

collectively is because we want South Africa and the leadership of the ANC to

understand that he was not acting in his individual capacity. They found wrong

in the things that he did, and because we sent him to do those things, it is

only proper to find ways of correcting ourselves,” she said.

Tulelo said they were going to “engage the ANC” on the procedure

followed in disciplining Malema as they believed the procedures set out in the

governing party’s constitution had been flouted.

“As the ANC Youth League we have decided there are issues we are

going to raise with the ANC around how the disciplinary process has been

handled. I want to be clear that we are talking about the process around disciplinary

matters. We are not about to engage on the merits or the demerits of the case.

We will raise those issues sharply,” she said.

“We are of the firm belief that once we have brought those matters

to the leadership of the ANC and have found clarity around them, some of the

issues that are attendant to the sentencing will no longer hold. Because the

process was not followed to the letter, you cannot say you are going to suspend

a person’s membership if you find it’s not a transgression to compare previous

leaders.”

 

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