Expel Malema - ANC prosecutors
Cape Town - ANC prosecutors recommended that Julius Malema be expelled from the party, it was reported on Friday.
Both EWN and SABC News reported the information regarding the ANCYL president following the Johannesburg hearing into Malema’s 5-year suspension from the ANC which apparently went on until midnight.
Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, league secretary general Sandiso Magaqa, treasurer general Pule Mabe and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi were found guilty in November 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 about 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.
On February 4, the ANC's appeals committee announced it had dismissed attempts by Malema, Shivambu, Magaqa and the others to have the guilty verdicts against them overturned.
On Wednesday, a defiant youth league said that only those in the ANCYL could remove Malema from his position.