Floyd Shivambu suspended for 3 years
Johannesburg - ANC Youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was suspended from the ANC for three years, the party's national disciplinary committee (NDC) chairperson Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday evening.
"Consequently, he shall vacate his position as a member of the national executive committee of the ANC Youth League," Hanekom said.
His suspension was also extended to the youth league, as decided by the NDC of appeals' (NDCA) finding on February 4.
Swore at journalist
Shivambu was found guilty of contravening the African National Congress's constitution by swearing at a journalist, and issuing a statement in his capacity as an ANCYL spokesperson, about creating regime change in Botswana, which contradicted ANC policy.
Hanekom said the disciplinary committee had already dismissed Shivambu's argument that the journalist, Jacques Dommisse, provoked him.
"The NDC does not accept that there is anything 'political' about swearing at a journalist."
In regard to the Botswana statement, the committee rejected the claim that the charge was politically motivated.
"The ANC has a policy on party-to-party relations and [Shivambu] contravened that policy, as already stated in the NDC finding on 10 November 2011, and subsequently confirmed by the NDCA," Hanekom said.
However, he conceded that Shivambu had "sincerely apologised" for swearing at the journalist.
The ANC did not present any evidence in aggravation of Shivambu's sanction.
He did not show remorse for the Botswana statement, Hanekom said.
"Comrade Shivambu's misconduct brought the ANC into disrepute and undermined the ANC's commitment to respect the sovereignty of states. In the view of the NDC, both offences committed by comrade Shivambu are serious."
Shivambu had 14 days to appeal to the NDCA against his suspension.