ANC ‘closes the chapter’ on Juju

2012-06-13 00:00

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe yesterday poured cold water on expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s hopes of returning to the fold.

Following the rejection of the league’s request to the national executive committee (NEC) to review Malema’s expulsion, his supporters had hoped to raise the matter as a last resort at the party’s policy conference later this month, and the elective congress in Mangaung in December.

But Mantashe told journalists at a briefing in Luthuli House in Johannesburg yesterday — following Monday’s special NEC meeting — there was nothing in the party’s constitution that allowed the party’s conferences to deal with disciplinary matters.

“Anybody can raise it from the floor as a point of order, so you have to leave it to that kind of process.”

It is, however, understood that such a point of order could be overruled by those chairing the plenary session on the grounds that the NEC had already ruled that there were no procedural flaws in Malema’s disciplinary and appeal that warrant a review.

Mantashe said the NEC’s decision “closes the chapter on this matter” and “all structures of the ANC, including the leagues, are expected to respect and implement the decision of the NEC”. The NEC also refused to review the one-year suspension of league secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and three-year suspension of spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

Mantashe denied that Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, who sits on the party’s national disciplinary committee of appeal, admitted that the ANC had made a mistake in suspending Magaqa.

Mantashe said a leak from Malema’s supporters that the meeting almost came to blows were “distortion and a lie at best and can only serve to mislead the public”. — City Press.

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