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ANC tight-lipped about Malema hearing

2011-08-31 16:33

Johannesburg - The ANC remained tight-lipped on Wednesday about the disciplinary hearing involving youth league leader Julius Malema and his five co-accused.

African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza said the hearing continued and the disciplinary committee would deal with each of the accused individually.

"The are in the hearing... they are to deal with each person as an individual," he said, without giving more details.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu declined to comment on the hearing's proceedings.

Neither would he comment on the venue, which the ANC had initially said would be changed after Tuesday's violence by league supporters, but then had decided to keep at party headquarters in Johannesburg's city centre.

Reports on Wednesday said Malema failed in a bid on Tuesday to get the ANC members hearing the charges to recuse themselves.

Committee chairperson Derek Hanekom, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane were on the panel.

Profound thinker

Malema supporters on Wednesday marched in the streets around Luthuli House, whistling, blowing vuvuzelas and pointing at the building and saying, "Voetsek".

Some held up placards stating, "Juju a profound thinker... a champion of our economic policies".

The SA Students Congress (Sasco) and the Eastern Cape ANC condemned the violent behaviour by ANC Youth League supporters on the first day of the hearing.

"We are extremely angered by the reported sexual harassment and assault on a female journalist by these hooligans who purport to be ANCYL members," Sasco president Mbulelo Mandlana said outside Luthuli House.

"We call on the ANCYL not just to distance itself but to act decisively against those within its ranks who committed this sexual assault... and those who trashed equipment," he said.

On Tuesday, rioters trashed Johannesburg's streets and attacked journalists and police officers, several of whom were hit by rocks, while women journalists reported being groped.

The ANC in the Eastern Cape also "strongly condemned the regrettable acts of hooliganism".

"We are utterly dismayed by the burning of the ANC flags, t-shirts and posters bearing the face of the president.

We request the NEC [national executive committee] to spare no effort in identifying these culprits and they must face the full might of our disciplinary processes," said provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qhoboshiyane in a statement.

"It is our view that those who have taken the responsibility to mobilise and bus crowds to gather outside Luthuli House - the leadership of the ANC Youth League -- should also take full responsibility for the violence, criminality and ill-discipline that has accompanied these crowds."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in Limpopo also called for ANCYL officials to be disciplined.

Juju fever

Earlier on Wednesday, supporters, including some children, held posters saying, "Hands off our youth league president", "Juju fever", and: "Juju never said let's bomb Botswana like imperialists from Libya or Iraq".

Some wore t-shirts portraying the face of ousted president Thabo Mbeki, who was removed from office a few months after Jacob Zuma became leader of the African National Congress.

Journalists and police in riot gear watched from behind a barbed wire barricade.

On Tuesday, Malema urged his supporters to refrain from attacking the media and police.

Police officials said their colleague who was hit by a rock on Tuesday had received stitches in hospital and was back on duty on Wednesday.

Most businesses were open again after closing their doors on Tuesday.

Malema, league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer general Pule Mabe were facing charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

This was after Malema said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and to help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Comments
  • Christo - 2011-08-31 16:36

    10 more ways to annoy people 31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice. 32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting. 33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way." 34. Drum on every available surface. 35. Staple papers in the middle of the page. 36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates. 37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings. 38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks. 39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places. 40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.

      Tools1 - 2011-08-31 16:57

      Lay off the Tik Christo!

      Ex-employer - 2011-08-31 17:03

      Another way to annoy people. 41.Have Christo carry on posting his lists to annoy people.

      maryann - 2011-09-01 07:56

      Christo, YOU, YOU, YOU are annoying! Stop posting this stupid comment.

  • leerobbertse - 2011-08-31 16:39

    Eish ......

  • Vullis - 2011-08-31 16:44

    Finally, the important stuff

      gobsmacked2 - 2011-08-31 16:52

      Hardly though – they haven't actually said anything. What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall. They are allowing journalists in there, aren't they? Please say yes.

  • WAM - 2011-08-31 16:46

    Journalists are "b@st@rds", "small boys","messengers" and "bloody agents." "Here (Luthuli House)you must behave or else you jump!" I suppose this only applies to journalists? According to Malema himself: "...This is Luthuli House. This is the headquarters of a revolutionary party which has liberated the people of South Africa. It's not a playground. Here you come, you restrain yourself, you behave in a manner that is befitting of being the headquarters of the African National Congress. It's not a beer hall here." "You don't howl here. Especially when we speak, you behave like you are in an American press conference? It's not America. It's Africa. You must behave in an African way. You are in Rome, you do what the Romans do … if you feel offended by the removal of this gentleman, you are most welcome to walk." Sounds very PW Botha-ish to me...

      Bravo - 2011-08-31 17:22

      Juju is more powerful than the ANC NEC - the Lion will roar ....or is it miaow??

  • WAM - 2011-08-31 16:46

    Journalists are "b@st@rds", "small boys","messengers" and "bloody agents." "Here (Luthuli House)you must behave or else you jump!" I suppose this only applies to journalists? According to Malema himself: "...This is Luthuli House. This is the headquarters of a revolutionary party which has liberated the people of South Africa. It's not a playground. Here you come, you restrain yourself, you behave in a manner that is befitting of being the headquarters of the African National Congress. It's not a beer hall here." "You don't howl here. Especially when we speak, you behave like you are in an American press conference? It's not America. It's Africa. You must behave in an African way. You are in Rome, you do what the Romans do … if you feel offended by the removal of this gentleman, you are most welcome to walk." Sounds very PW Botha-ish to me...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-31 17:10

      ...from a 1st-world-country to a 3rd-world-country in just 17 years...

  • mac-sdi - 2011-08-31 16:47

    Albert Luthuli must be turning in his grave. What disrespect from thes animals. The ANC of Mandela, Luthuli, Tambo is no longer. Zuma must be recalled.

      Freddie - 2011-08-31 16:56

      Do you think his replacement will be any better? The whole rotten edifice is collapsing from within.

  • gobsmacked2 - 2011-08-31 16:48

    I was completely unaware that imperialists from Libya or Iraq "had said let's bomb Botswana". Bastard agents.

  • GilbeyJones - 2011-08-31 16:52

    profound thinker?....hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha....that has got to be the funniest thing ever said about any politician in history...and the Golden Banana award goes to....the ANCYL...sorry Bob....

  • WAM - 2011-08-31 16:55

    Journalists are "b@st@rds", "small boys", and "bloody agents and now they are also "messengers?". "Here (Luthuli House)you must behave or else you jump! This is Luthuli House. This is the headquarters of a revolutionary party which has liberated the people of South Africa. It's not a playground. Here you come, you restrain yourself, you behave in a manner that is befitting of being the headquarters of the African National Congress. It's not a beer hall here. You don't howl here. Especially when we speak, you behave like you are in an American press conference? It's not America. It's Africa. You must behave in an African way. You are in Rome, you do what the Romans do … if you feel offended by the removal of this gentleman, you are most welcome to walk." Unless of course you are ANCYL supporters of certain people. Then you may howl, play, act as if you are in a beerhall and a playground." Yeah right...

  • Ronin - 2011-08-31 16:55

    I heard the secret place is on robben island.

      supporter - 2011-09-01 15:14

      won't that be great!!!! hopefully the sharks are all out looking for food!!

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-08-31 16:57

    Malema is a bitch, and all ANCYL members are dogs.

  • WAM - 2011-08-31 16:57

    Journalists are "b@st@rds", "small boys","messengers" and "bloody agents." "Here (Luthuli House)you must behave or else you jump!" I suppose this only applies to journalists? According to Malema himself: "...This is Luthuli House. This is the headquarters of a revolutionary party which has liberated the people of South Africa. It's not a playground. Here you come, you restrain yourself, you behave in a manner that is befitting of being the headquarters of the African National Congress. It's not a beer hall here." "You don't howl here. Especially when we speak, you behave like you are in an American press conference? It's not America. It's Africa. You must behave in an African way. You are in Rome, you do what the Romans do … if you feel offended by the removal of this gentleman, you are most welcome to walk." Sounds very PW Botha-ish to me...

      Democrat - 2011-08-31 17:43

      You've made your point. So say something else!

  • ian.d.samson - 2011-08-31 17:08

    There is no POIB (yet) so it's all in the public interest, and hearings were not held "in camera". Therefore it is the DUTY of the ANC to inform South Africa and not remain "tight-lipped".

      Dazbo - 2011-08-31 17:13

      or thick lipped for that matter..as Ron so eloquently put it earlier..

  • Just Someone - 2011-08-31 17:14

    By Friday Malema, which in my opinion is just another terrorist who thinks he can do what he wants, will disappear to his 16m house. Then, one of the ANC whatevers, will state that Malema said "he is very sorry" and "it won't happen again". "he is forgiven". Same old story, different day. Why do you think Zuma jumped country. He is not present at the most crucial meetings of his career. This is the make or break of Zuma. Just by him not being present, shows you he is not interested and by doing that, it shows to us this is just a media gimmick. Nothing will come from this trial or whatever you call it. All the meeting has done is cost the taxpayer millions again, and will cost us just as much on the after party they will keep the weekend. If the "Imperialists" investing in this country only knew how their money was actually spend :(

  • Jeremy - 2011-08-31 17:15

    "ANC tight-lipped about Malema hearing" Let me decipher this headline - They sniffing glue, got some on their lips, gluing them shut and Malema "wil nie luister nie" refers to Malema's hearing ability. :D

      Tebza - 2011-08-31 17:38

      it seems you experirimented the effects of glue before the ANC

  • Caroline - 2011-08-31 17:17

    May his concience be with him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Grant Hide - 2011-08-31 17:22

    Zimbabwe2 Revolution on it's way.

  • Blouste-Blou - 2011-08-31 17:23

    SASCO said "We are extremely angered by the reported sexual harassment and assault on a female journalist". They must open their eyes. Malema is not only saying "strange" things about Zille and De Lille. He is saying "strange" things about women - in general - go and check a bit on things he said in the past about ANC Ministers and other women as well. He is (together with being a racist) an extreme sexist. Not my words, go and check his own words.

      scipio - 2011-09-01 07:55

      hes a gay fart!

  • Paul - 2011-08-31 17:24

    The storm is "disciplining" the rain drop. They're all having a fat party in there.

  • Escapenow - 2011-08-31 17:36

    down the drain here we all go! donkeys following with their blinkers on! Uneducated will always believe the clown...down the drain

  • garth.labuschagne - 2011-08-31 18:07

    Nothing is going to come of this "disciplinary" hearing. The ANC will get cross again in the future and Malema will again in the future remind all his political "buddies" how he has made them rich. Malema has bought himself some good support and I don't doubt for a minute that he will use this as blackmail if needs be. Why else would the ANC bow to this nursery school drop-out. And Zuma escapes off to another country to taste their Johnny Walker flavours...

  • adrien.mcguire - 2011-08-31 19:11

    It is a pity that Malema wasn't tight lipped in the beginning !!!

  • scipio - 2011-09-01 07:54

    i still cant work out how this sausage fingered village idiot can still be free and not doing 15 years fort fraud. it isnt a case of is he guilty is it? hes as guilty as sin. why hasnt the cross hairs of justice not kissed his forehead? its big enough. this dirty grubby little thief should be silenced. the a n c are the laughing stock of the world just now so the idea that they are going to suspend him is silly. also how about we set up a fraud fund to pay for the protector to investigate this beret wearing black benny hill. say r10 each??

  • happydog - 2011-09-01 10:31

    calling julius a profound thinker is like sticking your finger in a meat mincer - profoundly stupid!

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