Sexwale testifying at Malema hearing

2011-10-15 14:43

Julius Malema’s disciplinary hearing was under way today at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg, with testimony from Human Settlements Minister and ANC National Executive Committee member Tokyo Sexwale.

“I can confirm that he (Sexwale) is giving evidence at the moment,” said ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza. Khoza did not say if Sexwale’s evidence was for or against Malema, however, reports indicate that the minister has appealed for mercy for the ANC Youth League president.

“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, 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 ANC 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 was present at the hearing today following his hospitalisation for flu symptoms in Polokwane earlier this month.

His hospital stay led to the hearing being postponed from October 6-8 to October 15. Proceedings began at the end of August, with today’s being the fifth sitting.

Khoza added that the hearing was being held at the stadium due to the availability of venues. Malema faces charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division within party ranks. He recently said the ANC Youth League would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change.

Charged with him are ANC Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi. 

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