Malema fails to unseat Hanekom, again
Johannesburg - ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has again failed to unseat Derek Hanekom as chairperson of an ANC disciplinary committee hearing charges against him.
The ANC said on Friday its national disciplinary committee (NDC) turned down a second application by Malema for Hanekom's recusal. This followed another round of procedural matters during Malema's opening plea at his disciplinary hearing.
"A further application was made for the recusal of the chairman of the NDC in relation to charge five, on the basis that he had previously expressed himself on matters related to land expropriation and could therefore be conflicted.
"After due deliberation, the NDC ruled that this matter was raised in the initial application for recusal of three members of the NDC and that decision still stands."
The first application for recusal was raised when the hearings opened, and refused.
The ANC also said one of the charges against Malema had been provisionally withdrawn. An application was made that the NDC could not hear this charge because the NDC was a party mentioned in charge two. The ANC did not explain what this charge was.
Conflict could arise
After due deliberation, the NDC said its prima facie view was that there was no conflict that precluded it from hearing this matter, merely because the NDC was mentioned in the charge.
But conflict could arise through evidence, so, to avoid this possibility, the charge was provisionally withdrawn.
"The NDC ruled on provisional withdrawal of charge two, rather than dropping this charge, because the NDC believes the allegations contained in charge two constituted a serious attack on the integrity of the NDC and on the ANC’s organisational processes," said the ANC.
"Given the seriousness of the allegation in charge two, the NDC is of the view that it should be dealt with, even by the NDC itself, albeit not as part of this case."
The committee completed the hearings into three of the four cases, save for closing argument in the matter of league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu. That would be heard next week.
Malema's disciplinary hearing would continue on Saturday, with the intention of finalising it next week.
Malema, Shivambu, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi face several charges. They were brought after comments that the ANCYL would help bring about regime change in Botswana.
They have since apologised to the ANC for the statement and withdrawn it. The six were also accused of sowing divisions within the ranks of the ANC.
The hearing was taking place at a venue outside Johannesburg.
Besides Hanekom as chairperson, Mining Minister Susan Shabangu, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Playfair Morule and Deputy Public Enterprises Minister Ayanda Dlodlo were on the NDC.