Malema's hometown quiet after clashes

2012-03-01 08:40

Malema expulsion violence

2012-03-01 08:28

The news of Julius Malema's expulsion from the ANC led to violence in his home town of Seshego, Polokwane. Watch Malema blame the media as chaos broke out. WATCH

Polokwane - The Limpopo town of Seshego was quiet on Thursday morning following overnight clashes between supporters and detractors of the ANC's embattled youth leader Julius Malema.

"It is all quiet this morning," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Several live shots were fired outside the house of Malema's grandmother Sara in the early hours of the morning.

Mulaudzi could not confirm rumours that two people were injured when the two groups hurled stones at each other.

Malema detractors drove around Seshego in the early hours on Thursday, taunting his supporters by waving around a 'tombstone' fashioned from a cardboard box.

'The end of the dictator'

On it were written the words "dictator", "RIP Julius" and "corrupt".

The youths, who held the tombstone on the back of a bakkie, celebrated Malema's expulsion from the African National Congress by singing "the end of the dictator" in Sepedi and English.

The bakkie was part of a convoy of about 10 cars which drove through the streets of Seshego, where Malema was visiting his grandmother.

His own supporters had gathered outside her house from around midday in anticipation of the announcement on his political future by the ANC's National Disciplinary Committee.

The road outside the house was blockaded by his supporters when his detractors' convoy arrived.

When police tried to bring the situation under control, stones were hurled at a police car.

It was announced late on Wednesday that Malema had been expelled from the ANC.

The party's national disciplinary committee (NDC) chairperson Derek Hanekom said he had been found guilty of sowing divisions in the party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.

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