Malema DC: ANC slams Phosa

2012-01-17 16:54

The top ANC leadership has slammed party treasurer-general Mathews Phosa for commenting about Julius Malema’s impending disciplinary hearing.

Phosa assured Malema that the party had no “dustbin” for comrades in a speech he delivered at the Limpopo ANC’s 100th birthday celebrations on Saturday in a village outside Marble Hall. It was seen as an assurance to the ANC Youth League leader that he might still have the backing of top party leaders in his internal political battles.

The ruling party’s top six structure said it had agreed to steer clear of Malema’s disciplinary case as it would be its duty to implement the decision of the appeals committee.

ANC national disciplinary committee of appeals, chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to hear Malema’s appeal of his five-year suspension from the party this week.

“If any of the national officials comment on a matter that is still pending it may be interpreted as trying to influence the outcome. It is therefore not correct for any of the officials to comment on the content and outcome of any case,” said ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe in a statement.

The meeting of the top party officials also slammed Phosa for criticising the government’s intervention in Limpopo, implying that he should have asked for a report on the matter before condemning the government’s decision to put five departments under administration late last year.

On Saturday, Phosa told party supporters that Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale’s powers had been “stolen” and urged him to bring the matter before the party.

Mantashe said the intervention – which had been interpreted by some as an attempt to weaken President Jacob Zuma’s political rivals ahead of this year’s elective conference – was meant to strengthen governance.

“As the officials we agreed on the need to uphold the responsibility of investing in the unity of this organisation.

“We further agreed that this will be achieved with the leadership of the ANC not sending different messages to the public. This, we view as not (the) suppression of views but a leadership responsibility of communicating consistent messages at all times,” he said.

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