ANCYL distances itself from video
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League distanced itself on Thursday from footage of its president Julius Malema addressing delegates in a closed session at its lekgotla last week.
"The ANCYL will seek legal advice on the legal recourse and will further conduct its own internal investigations on where the video emanates from," deputy president Ronald Lamola told reporters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.
On the video, Malema said the judiciary was controlled by the white minority.
He said he had three white lawyers - who irritated him - looking into allegations of corruption linked to the awarding of tenders.
"But there's nothing I can do because the judiciary is controlled by these white minorities," said Malema.
Lamola said Malema had "full confidence" in his legal team.
"No one imposed the legal team on him [Malema] and if there were any kinds of problems, he could have easily walked away," Lamola said.
Malema, ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and secretary general Sandiso Magaqa did not attend the media briefing.
They were attending a hearing in mitigation of their suspensions, also taking place at Luthuli House.
They were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party, partly for making comments about regime change in Botswana.
Malema, who was found to have compared President Jacob Zuma unfavourably to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, was suspended for five years. Shivambu, who insulted a journalist, was suspended for three years.
Magaqa, who was found to have made derogatory and potentially defamatory statements against Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, received an 18-month suspension, suspended for three years, on condition he apologise within five days of receiving the penalty or appealing against it.
Also suspended were Lamola, ANCYL treasurer general Pule Mabe and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.
On February 4, the ANC's appeals committee announced that it had dismissed attempts by Malema, Shivambu, Magaqa and the others to have the guilty verdicts against them overturned.