Malema’s NEC review bid fails

2012-06-12 06:43

Another door leading back to the ANC has been slammed shut in the face of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

His bid to have his conviction reviewed by the ANC’s powerful national executive committee (NEC) has failed and the league is set to be told not to raise the matter again in future meetings or conferences.

In a heated all-day meeting yesterday that went on into last night, the NEC also dismissed a bid to set aside the one and three years’ suspension respectively of his fellow leaders, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

Earlier, a source unsympathetic to the league said he believed Magaqa stood a good chance to be reinstated.

A source close to the matter said Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, who also sits on the party’s national disciplinary committee of appeal, in yesterday’s meeting admitted that the ANC had made a mistake to suspend Magaqa.

The suspension happened after the ANC’s appeal committee claimed it had not received Magaqa’s apology to Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba for defaming him.

Magaqa apologised in a press release.

President Jacob Zuma, however, is said to have insisted in the meeting that there would be no review.

NEC members arguing for a review included, according to a youth league source, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, newly elected Northern Cape ANC chairperson John Block, party treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise and provincial secretaries Songezo Mjongile (Western Cape), Saul Zamani (Northern Cape) and Soviet Lekganyane (Limpopo).

ANC leaders are set to meet with the league soon to convey the NEC’s decision that the matter was closed and that they shouldn’t raise it at the party’s policy conference later this month or at its elective conference in December in Mangaung.

The youth league earlier indicated that it would convene a special NEC meeting later this week to discuss the outcome of yesterday’s meeting.

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