ANCYL spin doctors remain mum

2012-03-01 09:00

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 Development Agency.

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 years.

ANCYL president Julius Malema heard on Wednesday that he had been expelled from the ANC, but has two weeks to appeal the decision.

"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 in."

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 hope.

"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.

- SAPA
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