Malema hints at court action

2012-12-17 00:00

Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has hinted that he would go to court over his expulsion from the ANC earlier this year should the party’s congress in Mangaung not consider his reinstatement.

Malema and the league’s suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu submitted a letter to the congress – the party’s highest decision-making body – yesterday.

In it they said “we have thus far avoided the option of going to court because we believe that the national conference of the ANC should be given the opportunity to once again look at the issue of (the) disciplinary process that culminated in the current situation”.

They asked the conference to reconsider their expulsion “before we explore other options to seek fair hearing and justice”. They said: “As loyal members, we are expected to exhaust all internal ANC processes before we explore any other different platform”.

They demanded:

» The reversal of the sentences and sanctions handed down by the ANC disciplinary committee;

» To be re-instated as members of the ANC and of the league;

» To be re-instated in their leadership positions;

» That Malema be re-instated into Limpopo’s provincial executive committee.

They hinted again at their belief that the disciplinary action was used to settle political scores by saying the party should not use discipline to suppress political dissent “and should at times be an intervention to correct and guide comrades of the movement”.

Malema waged a fierce campaign against President Jacob Zuma in favour of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, hoping that his expulsion would be overturned should Motlanthe become ANC president.

At this point of the ANC’s conference it is looking highly unlikely as Zuma seems to have overwhelming support among delegates.

Malema was expelled from the ANC and the youth league in April after a lengthy disciplinary process, while Shivambu was suspended for three years from his job.

The ANC recently suffered its first shock defeat in the Constitutional Court when the court ruled that the provincial executive committee in the Free State was improperly constituted.

The committee delegates were disqualified from attending the conference and there was still legal uncertainty over whether the province’s delegates could vote at the conference or not.

This morning delegates were involved in a lengthy discussion about the matter, but it appeared that the province’s delegates would be allowed to attend and vote.

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