Malema's home town celebrates
Polokwane - ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's hometown of Seshego, near Polokwane, showed signs on Monday of the town's celebration of his failed disciplinary appeal .
Tyre marks stretched across various streets, and ashes and Malema t-shirts lay scattered on the ground.
The township echoed with the sounds of car hooters on Saturday when it was announced that Malema's appeal had failed.
The African National Congress's disciplinary committee of appeals announced that it had dismissed appeals by Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, and four other ANCYL officials to overturn their suspensions.
They were found guilty in November of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party.
Anti-Malema factions congregated at a local shopping centre and set fire to a Malema t-shirt during the celebrations on Saturday.
Malema has become unpopular among youths in his township. They accused him of being a dictator and of sidelining those who opposed him.
A local resident said the decision against Malema was not her concern.
"I have many responsibilities, I don't care what happened to him... I have my own problems. I want to go back to school and I don't have money, if I cry for him what will I get?" she asked.
"They [the ANCYL] talk about economic freedom and nationalisation but we [are still] struggling...," she said.