Malema saga not over yet

2012-03-01 09:16

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's disciplinary process is not over, since he still has the right to appeal, an analyst said on Wednesday.

"The saga is still continuing, this is not the final word," political analyst Steven Friedman said.

"The important point is that he [Malema] still has the right to appeal. People must be familiar with these processes. He is still a member of the ANC until the appeal process is complete."

Malema has been expelled from the ANC, the party's national disciplinary committee (NDC) chairperson Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday evening. Malema could appeal this sanction within 14 days.

The NDC said Malema's evidence during his mitigation hearing showed he had "reneg[ed] on his membership oath and [was] not prepared to respect the ANC constitution".

The ANC believed Malema was not prepared to accept the findings of the disciplinary process.

"With regard to comrade Malema's plea not to have his membership taken away, the NDC believes that any period of suspension imposed as a sanction would not, as the complainant's representative submitted, achieve the purpose of rehabilitating the comrade," the NDC said.

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