Month-end hearings for Malema, Shivambu

2011-08-19 20:01

Johannesburg - The disciplinary hearings of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu will take place on August 30 and 31.

"The dates that have been established... are the 30th and the 31st of August, which we believe gives them adequate opportunity to prepare themselves for the case," ANC national disciplinary committee chairperson Derek Hanekom told eNews on Friday.

"The members have already been informed of their rights under the [party's] constitution, including their right to appeal whatever the outcome of the hearing might be.

"These matters will again be presented to the charged members... so, as the charged member sits in front of us he will be informed of his rights, and the charges will be presented to him, and then the charges will be dealt with in more detail by those that have levelled the charges," Hanekom told the broadcaster.

Malema and Shivambu would be "charged individually".

"The member then will be given the opportunity to counter those charges, or to defend themselves against those charges, and at the end of the day there will be a ruling by the national disciplinary committee as a whole.

Hanekom in an earlier statement confirmed the ANC - through its national officials - on Friday served charges on the two over comments made about Botswana.

The national officials include ANC president Jacob Zuma, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, his deputy Thandi Modise, treasurer general Mathews Phosa and chairperson Baleka Mbete.

"Both... have been charged with various violations of the ANC constitution, including bringing the ANC into disrepute through his utterances and statements on Botswana and sowing divisions in the ranks of the African National Congress."

Malema and Shivambu would be entitled to representation by an ANC member in good standing.

"We are not commenting on that... we are not commenting on that at all," Shivambu said.

Malema recently said the league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change. It believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and undermining the "African agenda".

The ANC publicly rebuked the league. The league in turn said it did not believe it was in the wrong or going against ANC policy. It expressed disappointment at being publicly rebuked before the matter had been internally discussed.

Mantashe said the league's challenging the ruling party publicly was a "serious transgression".

On Saturday the ANCYL withdrew the statement on Botswana and apologised to its ruling body.

- SAPA
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