Malema expulsion: ANCYL asks for review

2012-05-22 08:29

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has confirmed that the ANC Youth League has written a letter to ask for a review of the expulsion of its leader, Julius Malema.

But Mantashe said the letter was too late to be discussed at the party’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting over the weekend.

Mantashe told City Press after a briefing on its NEC meeting yesterday that he had received the league’s letter last Tuesday, and was considering it.

He denied that it was a “petition”.

The letter followed two meetings between the league’s leaders, minus Malema and suspended secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa. The last meeting took place last Sunday.

Mantashe refused to explain the review process, but it is understood that the officials should first discuss any request for a review, and then refer it to the powerful national working committee (NWC), which could then write a report to submit to the NEC.

The party’s officials and the NWC only have regular meetings on Mondays, which meant they did not have time to deliberate about the league’s request before this weekend’s NEC meeting.

Mantashe said there was no request to discuss the matter at the NEC meeting, but City Press understands that Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile stood up to ask where the report about Malema’s disciplinary case was.

An NEC source with knowledge of the proceedings said in big cases the national disciplinary committee and the appeal committee would write a joint report on the case, which would then be submitted to the NEC.

This would also take into account “political” issues such as the violence that erupted outside Luthuli House in August last year at the start of Malema’s hearing.

But this report is not completed yet.

Mantashe also denied reports in the Sunday Times that the party’s officials would reconsider Magaqa’s one-year suspension.

Magaqa was suspended because he failed to provide the appeal committee with proof of his apology to Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, about whom he had made defamatory remarks.

Magaqa apologised in a press statement.

Mantashe said the “leakage” about Magaqa’s request for a review was “mischievous” and would “harden officials”.

He said he warned Magaqa not to tell the media about the league’s discussions with the ANC because this would be putting “public pressure” on the matter.

“It is a tactic that will not work,” Mantashe said.

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