ANCYL spin doctors remain mum
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League's spin
doctors were mum on Thursday morning about the expulsion of their leader and
the suspension of their spokesperson.
ANCYL spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said it
had been decided not to talk to the media.
"We are not going to comment. No,"
said Moonsamy, who is also the chief operations officer of the National Youth
Suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was not
answering his phone and his voice mailbox was full.
He was found guilty of contravening the ANC's
constitution by swearing at a journalist and by issuing a statement, in his
capacity as spokesman, about creating regime change in Botswana, in
contradiction of ANC policy.
He has been suspended from the ANC for three
ANCYL president Julius Malema heard on
Wednesday that he had been expelled from the ANC, but has two weeks to appeal
"We must accept that this is the
decision, but that is not the end of the road," he said in a report
broadcast on SABC radio news.
"It is still early to celebrate because
the road ahead of us is going to be very long and needs men and women... who
are very strong.
"If you are weak, you are going to fall
in the process," said Malema.
"I'm not a soldier who is prepared to
fall in the battle, I will die with my boots on, I will die for what I believe
Malema said he had not done anything wrong.
"I did not steal from anybody... I did
not kill anybody," he said.
The Times reported that he had not given up
"I am a soldier who is prepared to die
in battle. Even if I am expelled from the ANC, my blood will remain black, gold
and green. I am prepared to do blood tests to prove that."
According to the newspaper, he said he had
expected the decision because he had read media reports.
Malema was expelled after a meeting of the
ANC's national disciplinary committee in Johannesburg.
In a statement, committee chairman Derek
Hanekom said Malema was a repeat offender.
He said the NDC had found that Malema had
reneged on his membership oath and did not respect the ANC's constitution.
He was found guilty of sowing divisions in
the party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.