ANC silences Julius Malema
Johannesburg – Embattled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's ANC membership has been suspended with immediate effect, the party's national disciplinary committee (NDC) said on Wednesday.
The conditions of the suspension meant that Malema would not be allowed to exercise any duty as an African National Congress member, president of the ANCYL or member of the Limpopo provincial executive committee, NDC chairperson Derek Hanekom said.
"He will not attend any meeting of the ANC or any of its structures, including the leagues, except for the purpose of the NDCA [national disciplinary committee of appeal] hearing and the pending disciplinary proceedings to be instituted against him."
Malema would also not be allowed to address any meeting of the ANC or the ANCYL.
"He will not make any public statement on any matter pertaining to the ANC."
This followed Malema's verbal attack on President Jacob Zuma on Friday when he called him a dictator and said he was suppressing the ANCYL.
"After due consideration, the NDC was satisfied that this utterance constitutes a very serious violation of the ANC constitution and that the institution of disciplinary action... as outlined in the ANC constitution is warranted," Hanekom said in a statement.
"[The NDC] concluded that such utterance could bring the ANC into disrepute."
Malema was informed on Wednesday morning of his immediate temporary suspension and that disciplinary proceedings would be instituted against him by the NDC.
Malema is appealing his expulsion from the ANC for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute. The appeals hearing takes place on April 12.
Hanekom said Malema's temporary and immediate suspension would come into effect on Wednesday.
The two disciplinary proceedings were separate.