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Malema verdict going ahead, ANC says

2012-02-29 19:32

Johannesburg - The ANC's national disciplinary committee (NDC) will still make an announcement on youth league president Julius Malema's fate on Wednesday, party spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

"As far as I'm concerned, the announcement will still be made today [Wednesday] as announced by the NDC earlier though a statement. We haven't heard anything to the contrary," Khoza told Sapa.

Khoza said the committee was still inside ANC headquarters Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.

"We are also still waiting," he said.

According to a statement issued by NDC chairperson Derek Hanekom on Wednesday morning, Malema's mitigation hearing announcement would be made in the "late afternoon".

Nothing had been heard by 18:00. By this time, many journalists who had been waiting outside Luthuli House from as early as 14:00 started leaving.

Malema was reportedly in his hometown of Seshego, Limpopo. His legal team had also reportedly not formally received the decision, raising doubts that the NDC would release its findings on Wednesday.

The ANC's constitution requires the NDC to first inform Malema of its decision before handing over formal documentation to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Only then it may announce the findings to the public.

Malema's lawyers, Patrick Mtshaulana and Dali Mpofu, refused to comment on the matter. Mtshaulana said he "was at court the entire day" and heard about the expected announcement on radio news on his way home.

Policemen were earlier stationed at the door to the ruling party's headquarters. The streets surrounding Luthuli House remained open to traffic, and there was no sign of Malema supporters.

Journalists were ordered not to stand near the building and told to go across the road. Parked at the corner of the building, on Sauer Street, was a police van and a Nyala.

On February 4 the African National Congress's national disciplinary committee of appeals announced it had upheld the conviction of Malema and five ANCYL officials for bringing the party into disrepute and sowing divisions in its ranks.

Malema was suspended for five years. League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi were suspended for periods ranging from 18 months to three years.

Their appeal against their sentences was dismissed. They were then allowed to present evidence in mitigation. The sentences were suspended pending the outcome of this hearing.

Comments
  • Henri - 2012-02-29 19:39

    Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, 'Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?' Error! Filename not specified. He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres. My wife then called him an anal moron. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes as the more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus and the car had a Julius Malema supporter sticker on it. Now that we are retired we try to have a little fun each day; it's important at our age...

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-29 19:46

      Lol @zoolie.

      Daaivark - 2012-02-29 19:48

      Excellent story.

      Sean - 2012-02-29 20:11

      Love it !!

      Anthony - 2012-02-29 20:30

      enjoy your evening

      Ronel - 2012-02-29 20:46

      love the story - r.o.f.l

      Arthur - 2012-02-29 21:54

      Was very funny, in 2003 when I first heard it, not quite so funny in 2006,7,8. Now pretty damn boring!

      Jonathan - 2012-02-29 22:04

      what a great joke...send it to nic rabinowitz

  • Morne - 2012-02-29 19:43

    Not even soapies are so outdrawn!

      Kolobe - 2012-02-29 20:49

      malema should be more effective outside the diplomacy of the anc ..amandla!

  • Mantsho - 2012-02-29 19:45

    i hope he goes for Good! l am sick and tired of hearing about this Criminal.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-29 19:46

    Delay tactics, so they hoping they can find a way of keeping this little piece of crap in the game, ANC A$$HOLES

  • pisciotta - 2012-02-29 19:46

    I await the time when the name Malema is not seen nor heard in the press, on the lips of the ANC nor any citizen of S. Africa. Without attention he just may go back into the hole he climbed out of. But my fear is that behind him in the hole are hundreds awaiting their 15 minutes of fame.

      Morne - 2012-02-29 19:50

      Thats why the ANC must ensure that this will not happen again. Let the ANC leaders choose the ANCYL leaders!

  • Gary - 2012-02-29 19:51

    exactly like i predicted, this is f*cked up

      Poloyatonki - 2012-02-29 20:08

      Its also none of your business...

      Morne - 2012-02-29 20:16

      You right tonki, its none of his business; its all of our business!

      Anthony - 2012-02-29 20:27

      its all our business, do you not understand that?

  • pisciotta - 2012-02-29 19:52

    Zoolie - that is the best I've heard in a long time. The stupid cop didn't even have the sense to ask if the car was yours. What training do they give police in SA? I bet now the answer is "none". As for the owner of the car - I'm sure his hero wil help him.

      Eric Schollar - 2012-02-29 20:00

      @pisciotta. You really think that was a real story? Some people will believe anything if it fits their prejudices. It was funny though!

  • Larry - 2012-02-29 20:02

    Lets hope its "Goodbye and Good Riddance", but I doubt that we have heard the back of Juju.

      Boichoko Dichaba - 2012-02-29 20:54

      Larry you will still be hoping come 2012 mangaung

  • Madulla - 2012-02-29 20:03

    Malema has shown contempt and disrespect towards everything and everyone in authority. And here again, he is showing the ANC the middle finger. He is too much of a coward to accept his punishment like a kid that he is. He is now dealing with bull elephants.....but he is incapable of realising it!!

      Boichoko Dichaba - 2012-02-29 21:16

      Madulla it shows your lack of maturity and lack of law interpretation allow me to bring you to light If u are being accused of something your should be adviced in time to avail yourself to the relevant authorities at the date an time given. Like an easy example if u are renting a place a landlord is not allowed to chase out of his building without giving you adequate time to leave its a basic law. Something that u should have thought off b4 u jump the gun

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-02-29 20:13

    If you thought that this took a long time, wait and see how long it takes if he is charged with any criminal offences. He will probably be a pensioner before it finishes.

  • chris.khanye - 2012-02-29 20:18

    Tik, Tik, Tik, Tik - the clock on the wall. Imagine if one's death was determined this way in Heaven - how many would die before their actual death?

  • Thouca - 2012-02-29 20:22

    nobody but nobody skcuf with the JZ!! gooi him jz!

      Mtizozo - 2012-02-29 20:44

      breaking news is malema suspension will be changed to one year,,

  • Morama - 2012-02-29 20:27

    To majority of news 24,i hope you heard the interview with David Brown,the CEO of implats at around past seven aftrnoon. And if the CEO is prepared to give 51% according to Zim indigenous ministry then i don't see how it can be problem to south africa and that's what Malema is talking about.Oooh maybe you are only stuck to this site where you always making a lot of noise from the reporter you always gives you biased stories?

      Silvana - 2012-02-29 21:05

      @Morama I haven't a clue what you're talking about. David Brown.....past seven aftrnoon....Zim indigenous ministry....biased stories. WTF

      Arthur - 2012-02-29 21:57

      Igmoramous?

  • Retta - 2012-02-29 20:42

    Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, 'Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?' Error! Filename not specified. He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres. My wife then called him an anal moron. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes as the more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus and the car had a Julius Malema supporter sticker on it. Now that we are retired we try to have a little fun each day; it's important at our age...

      Billy - 2012-02-29 21:43

      Wakey wakey Retta. Already posted by Zoolie. Did you learn cut and paste at the community college PC 101 last night?

  • William - 2012-02-29 20:42

    ORANGUTAN!!!!!

  • Chaapo - 2012-02-29 20:56

    The ANC decision makers are at sixes and sevens over what should be an easy decision. I wonder just what Malema and pal have on them? It is either that or maybe it is just reflective of the way this party runs –the handwringing which paradoxically is equalled by inertia caused by the lack of courage and ability to make the tough calls when needed and the inefficiency; except when it comes to pillaging the country through the tenderpreneurship where in contrast they are very efficient.

  • Jim - 2012-02-29 20:57

    Typical ANC - running on "Africa time" and keep making statements (promises) that they never keep. Good tactic Juju - hide out in Limpopo and you may yet survive "Big Brother".

  • Susan - 2012-02-29 21:30

    Just a thought... why don't the media ignore Malema and let him die a silent death?

  • Mboneni - 2012-02-29 22:11

    The ANC disciplinary process has since lost credibility,how can Julius Malema be charged and appeal the charge to the higher level,the higher level confirm the charge,but refer the accused back to the NDC,which had charged him before.This means Malema will either appeal again to Ramaphosa or NEC.Simply put Julius Malema should have been charged long time ago,becase the delay had discredited the whole process

  • oscar.shezi - 2012-02-29 23:53

    It now doesnt matter what really happens after this the thorn in politics is gone. Now let's deal with the land and the mines issues in a civilised way. We still want it.

  • Steve - 2012-03-01 00:10

    "Mr Potato-Head awaits his fate Toy Story stalwart Mr Potato Head on Wednesday awaited his fate after being found guilty of bringing the toybox into disrepute. 'I've been quoted out of context' he whined. 'It's a white conspiracy' he snivelled. 'I am for the people, by the people' he declared shortly before an eye fell off and he stuck it on backwards, revealing the empty shell he sports on his shoulders. 'I even wear a ber.....a bear...a bering......a flat round hat these days to try imitate Che Guevara, a true hero who did so little but claimed so much.' Alongside, faithful companion Floyd the Zimbo Dumpling nodded so vigorously he shat his pants." Aluta Continua.

  • Kathleen - 2012-03-01 05:47

    Julius Malema told the country 'I should be treated like Nelson Mandela'. Evita Bezuidenhout said 'Good idea, let's start with 27 years in jail'.

  • Gert - 2012-03-01 07:55

    Now the anc can NATIONALIZE malema's secret trust funds and donate it to the poor.

  • KGALEMA PHOGOLE - 2012-03-01 10:27

    Malema is our president regardless of Derek Hanekom the farmer verdict.expell all youth we will show you that elders does not have power we young and strong,Malema is our President untill 2014,I would like to warn those who are insulting Malema grand'smother to stay away from her or else we will use any means to protect he,property.

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