Malema to apologise, go for anger management

2010-05-12 08:43

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema has been ordered

to apologise to President Jacob Zuma and attend anger management classes

following his disciplinary hearing on last night, the ANC said.

Malema, who was facing charges of provoking “serious divisions” in

the party, was also ordered to pay a R10 000 fine to a youth development project

within the next three months and attend the ANC’s political school for 20 days, party spokesperson Brian Sokutu

said.

Sokutu said: “The national disciplinary committee (NDC) further

ruled that should comrade Julius Malema be found guilty of contravening rule

25.5 (i) of the ANC constitution within the next two years, his membership of

the ANC shall be summarily suspended for a period to be determined by the

NDC.”

Malema was hauled before the ANC disciplinary hearing last week for

publicly supporting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party, his

calling a BBC journalist a “bastard” and a “bloody agent”, and his singing “shoot the boer” after it was

banned by the high court.

These charges were withdrawn during Tuesday’s proceedings after a

plea bargain was reached with Malema’s representative, Mathews Phosa.

However, Malema was found guilty on a charge relating to his public

attack on Zuma. He also pleaded guilty to this charge. He attacked Zuma for

rebuking him in public and compared him to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, while addressing the media on April

11.

The NDC charge sheet read: “You [Malema] are guilty of contravening

Rule 25.5.(i) of the constitution of the ANC by behaving in such way as to provoke serious divisions or a breakdown of unity in the

organisation.”

Malema’s public apology states: “I, Julius Malema, apologise to the

president of the ANC and the republic, comrade Jacob Zuma, and to the membership of the

African National Congress and the public in general for the statements and

utterances that I made on 11 April 2010 at the ANC Youth League Limpopo

Provincial Congress implying that the ANC Youth League has taken a position

against the president of the ANC.

“I accept that these statements had the effect of undermining the

stature of the president of the African National Congress and of the republic.

It further may have had the effect of undermining the confidence of our people in the leadership of the ANC and of

creating serious divisions and breakdown of unity in the organisation.

“I make this apology unconditionally as I accept that as a leader

of the ANC and of the ANC Youth League my conduct and public utterances should

at all times reflect respect and restraint.

I accept one of the key principles

of congress leadership as outlined in Through the Eye of the Needle, a policy document adopted by the

51st and 52nd National Conferences of the ANC, that an abiding quality of

leadership is to learn from mistakes, to appreciate weaknesses and to correct

them.

“I have learned from this mistake and therefore submit myself to

the discipline of the ANC.” – Sapa


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