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I didn't pre-empt Malema hearing outcome - Zuma

2012-04-03 21:30

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has denied that he pre-empted the outcome of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s disciplinary hearing by saying they should get a new president after the process has finished.

"The only thing I said was we have a constitution in the ANC... And once [the national disciplinary committee of appeal’s] decision has been taken, the youth league will have to take a decision because of the constitution of the ANC, they must follow that process," he said at a press conference this afternoon addressed by all six of the ANC's top officials.

The league has accused Zuma of pressuring the appeal committee to uphold Malema’s expulsion, and it is understood that Malema was thinking of using this as evidence of an unfair process if he took the ANC to court.

Zuma, however, refused to comment on a question whether he would like to have his day in court on answering his dropped corruption charges, following a call by youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

"It is sub judice," Zuma said.

The press conference, where all six officials spoke, was intended to be a show of unity following recent comments by Malema, saying that Zuma has led the ANC into a dictatorship.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who led the press conference, bemoaned the fact that "some individuals within the ANC have continuously utilised the platforms of our respected centenary celebrations to sow divisions and discord within the organisation".

He said the divisions were aimed at the officials but also along "narrow ethnic and racial lines".

Although campaigning for leadership wasn't foreign to the ANC, "bickering and negative lobbying" should stop.

He said party officials found themselves in "compromising situations" if they were invited to meetings where other ANC leaders were "denigrated and insulted".

He said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe recently found himself at a meeting in Limpopo where he had to chastise people for wearing T-shirts with his face on.

Mantashe said if there was a dictatorship in the ANC, meetings of the national executive committee wouldn’t last three or four days due to debates.

Comments
  • Gregory - 2012-04-03 21:39

    Malema is stealing the money meant for the Zuma clan to steal. That's why he has been tossed aside.

      Thabang - 2012-04-03 21:51

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      gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-03 22:09

      The Highways belong to the People. We Built It with Incone Tax. We Maintained It with Petrol Tax. We maintained It with Vat Tax. It is not our fault that the government took the petrol tax and spent it elsewhere. Go fetch it back. Let those users pay! Down Tolls Down! Out Tolls Out! It is Illegal Driscrimination for People to Pay, and Taxis and Buses Don't! Does Zuma know the difference between Tax and Taxi? Can he read?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-03 21:56

    You didn't 'empt' anything either. Your wild colt's lunge rein has grown longer and longer. SO long in fact that it's been adopted and branded by an "alien" Bottom line, ANC, too little too late. DO something. Enough with the press conferences and press releases. Both sides of the debate - we're heartily fed-up with all this prevarication.

  • manyanyaphiri - 2012-04-03 22:09

    Is there anybody out there still with an ear for Jacob Zuma? Please see a.s.a.p. an Eye-Ear-&Nose specialist (or whatever they call those physicians)!

  • Herman - 2012-04-03 22:09

    No honour among thieves

      Rafile - 2012-04-04 08:30

      Mr zuma is stupid president,it's just is surrouded by clever people

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-03 22:13

    I saw Zuma on TV saying that the ANCYL must elect a "new" president. So what did he mean? Does he think we are stupid or is he the one who is stupid?

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-04-03 22:14

    Where there is smoke there is a fire

  • Ian - 2012-04-03 22:16

    Oh my God, this is the same as the previous article "Stop bickering, leaders warn ANC members". News24, why you keep recycling news.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-03 22:16

    We are tire of Malema...although he has provided us with some entertainment in the past months....I think it will be a little boring on News24 without all his famous statements....but at the same time we wont miss the militant style he tries to instill in our youth...Be gone Malema.

      Vuyani - 2012-04-03 22:51

      It is quite clear that jz has his own people those who blindly follow him and that is out of a question,i think the ANC have lost the true image,dignity and respect under Zuma and that we can't denie,let me say this loud and clear we don't want a singer,chamer, we want a President who will lead And be an example to the citizens of south Africa and to the hole world,we can't have president with allegation around his head,where are we going under Jz?

      Vuyani - 2012-04-03 22:54

      It is quite clear that jz has his own people those who blindly follow him and that is out of a question,i think the ANC have lost the true image,dignity and respect under Zuma and that we can't denie,let me say this loud and clear we don't want a singer,chamer, we want a President who will lead And be an example to the citizens of south Africa and to the hole world,we can't have president with allegation around his head,where are we going under Jz?

      thulani.sparks - 2012-04-04 07:48

      Vuyani which allegations r these???Do u feel the need to defend urself each time someones alleges u dd something?

  • ngcebom3 - 2012-04-03 22:43

    I cant wait for next week, by than it will be finalised that the self centered, brainless, greedy, wood carver is no more! Im realy tired of this moron!!!

  • Ishmael - 2012-04-03 22:50

    African National Comedy was playing Live on SABC TV this afternoon from luthuli house. Grab ur popcorn basket..we still have a couple of chapters to watch!

  • Malizba Liz Mhlanga - 2012-04-03 22:58

    I feel sorry for the President that will be placed by the mobilisation of YL because if he doesn't agree to be their puppet he will be hold ransom

  • Sonnyjakes - 2012-04-04 07:08

    Kolobe and company very busy, check all the thumbs down! Shame.

  • Thandokuhle - 2012-04-04 08:01

    Paying attention to detail is paramount to any opinionated individual. JZ said once the ANC processes have been completed, all must bide by them. This is leadership. Note that Malema has been so personal to JZ even though he[JZ] is not part of the DC or appeal team. I have seen emmotional intelligence by JZ.

      Mahlubi Byron Mfuduka - 2012-04-04 08:24

      malema is going but the ANC have big a task to unite its structures' may be the new leadership that will be objective will bridge the rift between the youth league and the mother body

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-04 10:28

    One of these days he is going to deny being himself. That is one thing that lot is good at, denying, they all took a crash course how to deny while looking stupid. Geez.

  • Wandile - 2012-04-04 12:51

    I think the hypocracy of the youth league is very alarming to say the least,especially when Floyd Shivambu is now calling for the president to answer for his coorruption charges just after they had a fall out with the leadership and yet not so long ago He was one of the people advocating for the charges to be dropped against the president when they wanted Him in power,as former president Mbheki said history will prove us all right or rather Him when He was unceremoniously kicked out by the very leadership who are at odds with each other.Personally I think we have a serious problem with leadership in this country at all levels and as sad as it is at the moment we are stuck with the ANC as I do not see a political party that doesn't hve its own agenda and to be honest at the moment this our best bet.

  • Phillip - 2012-04-04 13:01

    Zuma is dictator He instructed little boy Hanekom to suspend Malema but anyway Malema remain our president untill 2014

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-05 07:18

      KGALEMA..Have you not got a mind of your own...I bet you didn't even think Zuma was a dictator until Julius said these words.....that's the problem you follow him like a blind man....what Malema says..you believe....he doesn't worry about anyone else but himself...he is just good with telling the people want they want to hear...and you believe him..eish.....think man for yourself.....

  • nkululeko.gcwensa - 2012-04-15 20:37

    Rafile Zuma is a seasoned politician to say is stupid is not only disingenuous but foolish. Please have a respect for an old man.

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