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Mantashe silent on Malema

2012-03-01 16:01

Pretoria - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had no thoughts or comments about ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's expulsion from the party, he said on Thursday.

Speaking as the African National Congress's leadership attended a political school in Centurion, Mantashe said a "free for all approach" when it came to speaking on Malema's disciplinary matter would spoil it.

"There's a committee responsible for that," he said.

However, Mantashe indicated that the political school would in some way address the disruptions within the party, although "not instantly".

"Learning is not like instant coffee... it's a learning process and impacts on a person over a period of time," he said. "There's no expectation that we'll have instant solutions."

It was announced on Wednesday night that Malema was being expelled from the ANC and that other senior office bearers were being suspended.

Mantashe - who was briefed on the decision before it was announced, as required by the ANC constitution - has consistently refused to pronounce on the disciplinary proceedings.

In a brief statement on Wednesday, the ANC said it accepted and respected the decision to expel the firebrand youth leader.

The ANC's political subcommittee chairperson Tony Yengeni said on Wednesday that individual members, including those from the ANC Youth League, would be obliged to attend the political school to educate them on the party's history, policies and constitution.

If needs be, those who step out of line will be given individual attention.

Asked how the political school could have helped Malema, Yengeni - reportedly a Malema supporter - said he was not qualified to comment on disciplinary issues.

However, he said it would benefit members and arm them with skills to distinguish between right and wrong.

"It is extremely important, especially for members coming into the ranks, so there's no excuses given later that 'I didn't know'," he said.

"You should know the wrongs and rights. They are all spelt out in the constitutions and in various policy documents of ANC."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions also remained tight-lipped on Malema.

"It's not our business, so we are not going to comment on that," general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters in Johannesburg.

Malema, who was recently referred to as the "chief commander of economic freedom", was found guilty by the ANC's national disciplinary committee (NDC) of sowing division in the party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.

This was for comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma unfavourably with former president Thabo Mbeki, and for making statements on bringing about regime change in Botswana, counter to the ANC's constitution.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement supporting a change of government in Botswana.

ANCYL secretary general Sindiso Magaqa's membership was suspended for three years, but the sanction itself was suspended for three years, provided he apologised to Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba within 15 days, and there were no other party offences during the period of suspension.

The NDC found that Magaqa had undermined the effectiveness of the ANC as a ruling party, and of Gigaba, when he accused him of "pleasing imperialists" by reiterating the government's stance that there were no plans to nationalise mines.

They have two weeks to appeal the decision.

Comments
  • Mashudu - 2012-03-01 16:09

    Simply because what He was going to say has been being said already.

  • Marion - 2012-03-01 16:09

    Does he mean that every single member of the ANC and ANCYL must attend 'political' school? Or does 'individual' members mean members in leadership positions?

      procold2 - 2012-03-01 16:17

      i think they all need the school,

  • Henri - 2012-03-01 16:09

    Ha ha ha ha ek kan nie wag vir die naweek se clash nie, die pienk koeie teen die cheetahs, o dit gaan n lekker grap wees om daai pienk meisies op die veld te sien, en dit nog in die boere stad

      LN - 2012-03-01 16:33

      Zooolie I'm going to government talk you. Comrade youra perceptions are a misguided concerning the a monumental a lashing those a cheetahs will a receive from a the a Bulls regardless from their battle attire they will fight with their boots on (THANKS JUJU) and they will a be too much victorias. Their Captain Pear Assegaai is the leader of the super rugby freedom fighters. And I've 10 ZAR too back that

      Henri - 2012-03-01 16:38

      very smart LN, bly om te sien daar is mense wat meer gedagtes het as die poephol wat die koerante al weke besig hou :)

  • Kai - 2012-03-01 16:15

    Meanwhile the ANC Pets League spokesanimal Cathy Corgi said that they will not be drawn in to a cat fight over the matter. However the ANC Cattle League spokesanimal Shapa Sheep was bullish on his [Malema] chances of appeal.

  • Francois - 2012-03-01 16:22

    Congratulations to the ANC. I respect them for expelling Julius Malema, but also for beginning a process of educating their members on the true ethics and values on which the ANC was founded. Well done.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-01 16:25

    I just wish the media would stop addressing malemablablabla as ANCYL president! He's now EX ANCYL president :-) AT LAST!!

  • nthabiseng.priklopil - 2012-03-01 16:33

    Tony Yengeni teaching others while he is an excon himself. How appropiate.

  • Comrade - 2012-03-01 16:58

    ......... E N O U G H ... A L R E A D Y .........

  • Rodney - 2012-03-01 17:05

    HOLD IT! HOLD IT!!!You are all jumping the gun, Just wait and see what NICE and FAT job his Buddies in The ANC Will ORGANIZE for him Not to mention the PAY.

  • Morama - 2012-03-01 19:12

    This is what now taking my spirit down,how can a convicted fraudster still sit in the decision making of the ruling party.FFKS!!!

  • Sandy - 2012-03-01 22:44

    when you expelled you are expelled since when do you get given a 14 day appeal. nonsense.................

  • christopher.machimane - 2012-03-02 01:28

    I THINK MOST OF THEM WHO A IN POLITICS THEY NEVER ATTEND THE SCHOOL INCLUDING MANTASH HIM SELF. TO BE POLITIC U DO NOT NEED SCHOOL OR TO BE PRESIDENT . I DO NOT THINK MALEMA NEED SCHOOL TO BE WHO HE IS NOW.MALEMA WAS AMOUTH TO A OT OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HE WAS SPEAKING THE SECRETS OF THIS COUNTRY .

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