Malema appeal to continue

2012-01-24 13:25

Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s appeal hearing was scheduled to continue at the governing party’s Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg today.

ANC officials and Malema’s lawyers could not be reached for comment on the progress of the hearing.

The start of the hearing yesterday was marked by an information blackout, with party spokespersons saying they had been instructed not to utter a word.

“The media have been kept out and we don’t know anything about it. The media might receive information once the hearing is completed,” spokesperson Keith Khoza said yesterday.

ANC appeals committee chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa would hear oral arguments at the hearing.

Malema’s lawyers submitted heads of argument to the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals last week.

Advocate Patrick Mtshaulana said these detailed why Malema’s five-year suspension should be overturned.

Malema and other senior youth league leaders were suspended in November after being found guilty of sowing division within the party and of bringing the party into disrepute.

This was due to, among others, comments about bringing about regime change in neighbouring Botswana.

Heads of argument were also filed for league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Mtshaulana said they would try to convince Ramaphosa that they had not been given a chance to argue in mitigation of their sentences.

They would also argue that disciplinary committee members, including chairperson Derek Hanekom and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, should have recused themselves from the disciplinary committee which dealt with the matter.

This was because they had previously publicly disagreed with the league’s positions on land reform and the nationalisation of mines.

They would further submit that the verdict and sanctions relied on an outdated section of the league’s constitution.

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