Malema: I'm the victim of a political witch hunt
Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema says he is the victim of a political witch hunt, and will appeal a five-year suspension handed to him by his party's disciplinary committee.
The African National Congress disciplinary committee ruled last week against Malema, 30, for questioning President Jacob Zuma's leadership and support for the government of neighbouring Botswana, which the ANC Youth League had labelled imperialist.
In his first news conference since that ruling, Malema said Wednesday that "only the wilfully blind can believe that this matter is purely about discipline and not intended to settle political scores and stifle debate."
Malema said that he and other top Youth League leaders who were disciplined alongside him would appeal.
More to follow.