Malema hearing to restart at month end

2011-10-15 22:15

Johannesburg - Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing will reconvene on October 26, where final witnesses are expected to testify, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said on Saturday.

"[The hearing] will adjourn after the 26th, we are not sure for how long," Khoza said.

It was not known who would testify at the next sitting.

"The defence hasn't disclosed who will testify on the 26th, and we don't know how many people are coming."

Commenting on reports of ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Tony Yengeni also being called to testify, Khoza said: "There has been speculation but no confirmation."

Closing arguments would occur on November 3, according to ANC disciplinary committee head, Derek Hanekom.

Media conference

The proceedings would then be recorded and transcribed. A ruling would be issued to each charged member and a report presented to the secretary general.

"We will then inform the public in the form of a media conference."

Hanekom said a "reasonable amount" of time for the outcome of the hearings after adjournment on the 26th, would be about 5 days but that was not final.

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.

Charged with him are ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Meanwhile, Human Settlements Minister and ANC NEC member, Tokyo Sexwale testified for the defence in Saturday's fifth sitting at the FNB Stadium.

"Mr Sexwale is a witness called in by the defence," Khoza said, adding that Sexwale's testimony was confidential.

"I cannot disclose that even if I knew."

Hearing delayed over flu

Malema was present at the hearing on Saturday, following his hospitalisation for flu symptoms in Polokwane earlier this month.

His hospital stay led to the hearing being postponed from October 6 to 8, to October 15. Proceedings began at the end of August, with Saturday's being the fifth sitting.

Khoza added that the hearing was being held at the stadium due to the availability of venues.

  • craigtjames - 2011-10-15 23:30

    "Where final witnesses are expected to testify"? Interesting. We already know what Sexwale said or wanted to say, now it appears as if Winnie and Yengeni are on the bandwagon too. I am confused about these witnesses - what are they witnessing/testifying for? Are they character witnesses, are they witnessing to what Julius has said? Again I can only say, God have mercy on South Africa......

      Getit - 2011-10-16 11:47

      @Sexwale....I fear what would happen to Crime in SA if you have to become President. Because this is what you believe "When you are young you go wrong - we fix you and you go wrong again and we fix you, not to destroy you. The Criminals will be having ONE XMAS AFTER ANOTHER...many many field days....but for you it does not need their VOTES...not right Sexwale

  • Grant - 2011-10-16 00:39

    Let's get this sraight : We have a failed woodwork pupil who hasn't done an honest days work in his life plotting to overthrow a democratically elected government in a friendly neibouring country. Now we have Sexwale (one of the richest persons in Africa) rushing to his aid... Something smells fishy.

      craigtjames - 2011-10-16 01:47

      Grant, I think the message is clear for those who want to see - and the ones who do not want to see - there are none as blind as those who do not want to see. Sexwale, CAPITALIST of note (and believe me, I have NO problem with capitalism) Julius, HATER of anything Capitalistic - or so he claims (but then again, could it be if a white man is a capitalist it is evil, but it is ok for an African person to be one?)I'm getting away from my point - why Sexwale defending Julius - fear of incrimination or being exposed??

  • Thabo - 2011-10-16 03:27

    where did it went wrong?i used to like song "umshini wami".why cann't Juju substitute the which constitutes hate speech "dubula ibunu" because last time i check he was partaking in singing this song.Come on Juju!Ain't you close allies anymore?Ask the lyrics Juju from the producer!I heard you want him out of his office next year,and bring Mr Mbeki back why mara?where did it went wrong?Its like he is owing an apology.Juju are you putting the blame on his adviser?Recently you keep on forgeting to mention his name when mentioning your South African heroes which include amongst others former president Thabo Mbeki.But you forget his name.Should I trust you fully?Thats how you want economic freedom of our life time?Yes,I want to see economic freedom happening in South Africa,especially to black people.Yes I will follow you if thats the case I want that too.Viva Tata Madiba viva!viva! former president Thabo Mbeki viva!viva!deputy president viva!Amandla!

      craigtjames - 2011-10-16 03:54

      Thabo, you know what, the common white, black and coloured man wishes economic freedom for all South Africans - believe me, we do want that - there is a place in our country for all. It would mean peace, stability which in return means less crime, foreign investment, and a proper economic snowball effect in the long run. But how long will it take for the voters to see that certain people in power do not have the common man's interest at heart. Look how the government is squandering money - expensive (unnecessary) trips, birthday parties, houses, cars, money disappearing out of the coffers and nobody being held accountable. What has the ANC done for the people - I wish somebody could answer me that. The gap between the poor black people and the very rich black people is widening on a daily basis. Why has the government been ineffective in creating a middle class black population? - 2011-10-16 08:15

      Is Juju also one of the heroes. He fits the bill, stealing government funds, lazy and have never done honest work and racist. This is the type of persons that the Anc hold to the people as heroes. What a sad day for SA.

  • andrelouisw - 2011-10-16 05:01

    Man! They are dragging this one out! I suppose they are trying to pluck up the courage to make the decion they have to make!

  • george.vanniekerk - 2011-10-16 05:54

    Another case of a slap on the wrist, and off you go again... there are no effective consequences for inciting racial hatred, gross incompetence and theft of public funds (taxes) within our current government. Even when an individual is found guilty of fraud and corruption by the courts, he get's pardoned or given an out of jail card by some other fabricated act? (Schabir Shaik). This case is another "internal ANC matter?"....:(

  • Ian - 2011-10-16 06:35

    BULLDUST, the bobejaan will be hospitalised for hangover like symptoms, no headache though as theres no brain in that thick skull

      Anthony - 2011-10-16 08:08

      malema and sexwale last two brain cells left in zumas head. 50 buks there will be no spark between the two.

      Ian - 2011-10-16 08:42

      not even if they rub there skulls together to make a spark, naaa that wont work either

  • Don.Tandy - 2011-10-16 07:54

    The ANCorruption buying time before they drop the bombshell that fatboy is their 'national treasure' and he will get no more than a mild tap on the wrist?????????????????

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  • Alva - 2011-10-16 11:03

    Does not say much for the character of Malema if Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and Tony Yengeni are being called to testify. They are both convicted criminals. Oh...wait forgot. Need to be a criminal to be part of the ANC inner circle. Malema, don't worry, you will be fine! Charges will be dropped.

  • Monti - 2011-10-16 11:52

    Frankly I do not care a damn

  • chris.debeer1 - 2011-10-16 14:02

    While sewing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old farmer who's hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to the ANC and Julius Malema. The old farmer said, 'Well, you know, in my opinion, Malema is a “post turtle”. ‘ Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a “post turtle” was. ... The old farmer said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a “post turtle”. ‘ The old farmer saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain…… 'You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb-f### put him up there to begin with.’

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