Cops watch Malema's hometown

2012-03-01 13:11

Seshego - Police remained alert in ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's hometown of Seshego, in Limpopo, on Thursday following overnight clashes between his supporters and detractors.

A police car was stationed outside Malema's house, where his grandmother Sara lives.

A private security company also maintained a presence outside the house, where several shots were fired in the early hours of the morning.

"It is all quiet this morning," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

He could not confirm rumours that two people were injured when the rival groups hurled stones at each other on Wednesday night.

Anti-Malema supporters drove around Seshego in the early hours on Thursday, taunting his supporters by waving around a 'tombstone' fashioned from a cardboard box.

On it were written the words "dictator", "RIP Julius" and "corrupt".

The youths, who held the tombstone on the back of a bakkie, celebrated Malema's expulsion from the African National Congress by singing "the end of the dictator" in Sepedi and English.

The bakkie was part of a convoy of about 10 cars which drove through the streets of Seshego, where Malema was visiting his grandmother.

His own supporters had gathered outside her house from around midday in anticipation of the announcement on his political future by the ANC's national disciplinary committee (NDC).

The road outside the house was blockaded by his supporters when his detractors' convoy arrived.

When police tried to bring the situation under control, stones were hurled at a police car.

It was announced late on Wednesday that Malema had been expelled from the African National Congress.

ANC national disciplinary committee chairperson Derek Hanekom said he had been found guilty of sowing divisions in the party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.

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