Malema defies suspension conditions

2012-04-06 14:16

Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema addressed the congregation at a Good Friday church service in Butterworth in Eastern Cape.

This was despite being barred from doing so as per the conditions of his temporary suspension from the governing ANC.

The SABC reported that Malema had spoken out against what he called “individuals trying to silence him” at a second church service which he had attended.

In a statement yesterday, youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said: “In celebrating Easter Friday and commemorating the life of Solomon Mahlangu, president Julius Malema will visit the Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ in Butterworth.”

Mahlangu was an Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier hanged by the apartheid government in 1979.

Malema was visiting the church in his capacity as the youth league president, Shivambu said.

He said Malema had not spoken at the Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ, but the embattled youth league leader had reportedly attended a second church service, where he did speak.

This was Malema’s first public appearance since the suspension.

According to the public broadcaster he was accompanied by members of the youth league’s national executive committee, the provincial executive committee and the National Youth Development Agency chairperson, Andile Lungisa.

On Wednesday, Malema was gagged and temporarily suspended by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee, a move which forbids him from exercising any duty as an ANC member, president of the youth league or member of the Limpopo provincial executive committee.

His temporary suspension from the party followed comments he made at a centenary lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand last Friday.

Malema called ANC president Jacob Zuma a dictator and said he was suppressing the youth league.

The youth league leader was informed on Wednesday morning of his immediate temporary suspension, and that the national disciplinary committee would bring disciplinary proceedings against him.

The national disciplinary committee had instituted special measures because of Malema’s repeated behaviour.

Malema is appealing his expulsion from the ANC for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute. The appeals hearing was expected to take place on April 12.

The two disciplinary proceedings are separate. 

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