Malema ruling welcomed
Johannesburg - The DA and FF Plus youth bodies on Sunday welcomed the ANC's upholding Julius Malema's suspension as the leader of its youth league.
"We hope that this marks the end of a period of sensationalist, bully politics that gave attention to one individual at the expense of real and substantive issues facing the youth," Democratic Alliance Youth leader Makashule Gana said in a statement.
The Freedom Front Plus Youth said the ANC Youth League leader and his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu had damaged South Africa's reputation.
"With his comments on nationalisation he scared off foreign investors, while his racial attitudes harmed relations within the country," FF Plus Youth leader Wouter Wessels said in a statement.
The African National Congress's disciplinary committee of appeals on Saturday announced that the attempt by Malema, Shivambu and four other ANCYL officials to have their suspensions overturned, had been dismissed.
They were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division within the party.