ANC won’t discuss youth league at executive meeting – Mthembu

2011-08-20 14:31

The ANC Youth League was not up for discussion at a special ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Pretoria, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said today.

“The youth league is not being discussed,” he told journalists.

He said ANC President Jacob Zuma had given an “overview” to the NEC, but he refused to say what it was about.

The special NEC meeting was likely to continue to late tomorrow or Monday. A press briefing would be held the following day, said Mthembu.

Yesterday, Zuma said the ANC’s leaders were set to “examine the need for discipline” within the party’s ranks.

In an open letter to ANC members, he said the party’s NEC would meet over the next four days to discuss serious matters relating to organisation building and renewal.

While the meeting of the party’s highest decision-making body would look at better ways of promoting the ANC’s core values, the ultimate objective was to make it the “organisation of choice” for 1 million South Africans by January 8 next year, he said.

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee chairman, Derek Hanekom, released a statement yesterday confirming it had “served charges” on its youth league president, Julius Malema.

“Comrade Julius Malema has 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 ANC.”

It said the matter was now in the hands of the committee, which would determine a date, venue and time for a disciplinary hearing, at which Malema would have an opportunity “to defend himself against these charges”.

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