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Limpopo ANC to abide with Malema ruling

2012-04-25 19:16

Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will not be able to serve in the Limpopo ANC after his expulsion, the party's provincial branch said on Wednesday.

"We are aware of the decision. As to the implications of that decision, there is only one ANC, and if a decision has been made [by the mother body] we have to abide," Limpopo African National Congress spokesperson Makondelele Mathivha said.

Malema was elected to the Limpopo provincial executive committee at the branch's elective conference in December last year.

Mathivha said the Limpopo ANC would accept Malema's expulsion, even though it preferred "a different outcome".

Political solution

"During the provincial elective conference last year, delegates said they sought a political solution to this situation. We would welcome this if it is still a possibility."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) both accepted the ANC's decision to uphold Malema's expulsion.

YCLSA spokesperson Mangaliso Stalin Khonza said: "We respect other organisations that we are aligned to. We do not want to interfere in the affairs of our alliance partners."

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the union federation respected the decision, but declined to comment further.

"As we have said before... we accept and respect the decisions of the ANC disciplinary procedures and we feel it would not be right to comment."

The SA Communist Party said it was not ready to comment when contacted on Wednesday morning.

Cosatu, the ANC and SA Communist Party, as the tripartite alliance, traditionally support each other on core development issues and usually form a united front ahead of elections.

Expulsion

On Tuesday, the ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA) announced it had expelled Malema from the party. It also suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu's membership for three years. League general secretary Sindiso Magaqa had his suspension reduced from three years to one year.

Malema was originally suspended, in November last year, for five years for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute. He was found to have done so by unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana.

On February 29, the national disciplinary committee announced the sanction against him was being increased to expulsion. He again appealed and it was this appeal that the NDCA dismissed on Tuesday.

Shivambu was found guilty of sowing division and bringing the ANC into disrepute. He was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

Magaqa was punished for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Initially, his suspension was contingent on him apologising to Gigaba within 15 days. Magaqa apologised to Gigaba in a statement sent to the media on March 10.

Comments
  • Morama - 2012-04-25 19:30

    YCLSA spokesperson Mangaliso Stalin Khonza said: "We respect other organisations that we are aligned to. We do not want to interfere in the affairs of our alliance partners." High time they this young Communist take their stupid Nzimande who is clueless of how to fix our education system and conditions.He must be moved and SACP must contest elections by it's own rather than making unneccesary noise thereby hiding their thieveness!!!

  • The-madKing - 2012-04-25 19:36

    Stan's Uncle Jimbo: Are you retarded Stotch? the economy is omnipotent ,which means it can do anything , so saying its limited to one kid is f**kn stupid.. Randy :that is stupid yaay... and going around telling people to shop is dangerous..

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-25 19:42

    As if they had a choice!!! For Malema, when days are darker friends are fewer!

  • Chaapo - 2012-04-25 20:44

    What else can they do? It is as if they ever had an option once the die was cast and yet everyone knows they were being strident because of their delusions of grandeur.

  • Raymond - 2012-04-25 20:44

    were there's smoke theres fire ppl i plead with u 2 b patiance coz we r abt find out wat we thot we wil nt do...dnt switch off ur phones kip tuned????????????????????

  • ktmoloto - 2012-04-25 20:51

    finaly we will now have the way forward than to read about malema every day

  • ktmoloto - 2012-04-25 21:10

    Ancyl is there to groom leaders.not to make leaders or decide for the ruling party.Malema was ruling on behalf of the president.declaring war with neighbouring states.if he had dare cross the border to Botswana and get arrested at Botswana,Everybody was going to blame the president and mother body ANC for not taking action against boy,because Botswana don't nonsense.He was going to be hanged

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