Ill Malema set to miss disciplinary hearing
Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is set to miss his disciplinary hearing after being admitted to a private hospital in Polokwane, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
Malema's lawyer Dali Mpofu said he would ask for a postponement of the hearing which was to have have continued in Johannesburg on Thursday.
"Yes, I think they will postpone it because he is in hospital and it cannot continue without him."
The party's national disciplinary committee chairperson Derek Hanekom could not be immediately reached for comment.
Malema faces charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division within party ranks. He recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change.
Earlier, the ANC Youth League league confirmed Malema was admitted to a private hospital in Polokwane but declined to give details on his condition.
"The ANC Youth League will not take media enquiries concerning his hospitalisation, as we strongly believe that his health is a private matter, and should be treated as such.
"Members of the media are therefore humbly requested to not make enquiries concerning this, nor pry into the privacy of the president's health, because doing so is unethical, immoral and despicable," it said
The SABC reported earlier that Malema was suffering from "flu symptoms".
His lawyer Mpofu said he did not have more detail.
"We will know more about his condition tomorrow [Thursday]," he said.