Malema hearing resumes

2011-10-15 12:42

The disciplinary hearing of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was set to resume today, with Human Settlements Minister and ANC National Executive Committee member Tokyo Sexwale likely to testify.

Malema was hospitalised earlier this month in Polokwane, following flu-like symptoms. This led to the hearing being postponed from October 6-8 to October 15, ANC national disciplinary committee member Derek Hanekom confirmed.

According to the Saturday Star, Sexwale was expected to speak about how disciplinary matters were being handled in the party.

Last week he appealed for mercy for Malema.

“When you are young, you go wrong. We fix you and you go wrong again, and we fix you, not to destroy you. You cannot destroy a league. So, when they are wrong, just correct them,” Sexwale said in Tsolo in the Eastern Cape last weekend.

“This young man called Malema sometimes does things and speaks a lot. He sometimes lands himself in trouble. Thereafter he cries to us to retrieve him from the trouble he puts himself in ... We should not destroy him ... Please don’t throw them away, they are too young.”

Sexwale said Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, a former African National Congress Youth League president, had grown in stature in the past five years.

“Look at him now. He made many mistakes as a youth. What would have happened had we destroyed him? We make a mistake and people say ‘let us destroy the individual’. No, no! It is not the way it should be,” Sexwale reportedly told a crowd at a Heritage Day celebration.

Malema faces charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division within party ranks. He recently said the youth league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change.

Charged with him are youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi. 

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