Full statement of the ANC hearing on Malema

2010-05-12 08:14

Outcome of the ANC national disciplinary committee on the hearing of comrade Julius Malema

On the 3 and 11 May 2010 the national disciplinary committee (NDC) of the ANC convened to consider charges against comrade Julius Malema (the respondent).

The charges had been brought by the national officials of the ANC (the complainant).

On 3 May 2010, the NDC heard and ruled on procedural matters presented on behalf of the respondent.

The final NDC panel that heard the case consisted of comrades Derek Hanekom (chairperson), Ayanda Dlodlo and Fébé Potgieter-Gqubule.

The NDC reconvened on Tuesday 11 May 2010 to continue with the hearing on the merits of the case.

Comrade Malema was initially charged with four charges.

Following discussions between the ANC chief national presenter (the presenter) and the representative of Comrade Malema, comrade Matthew Phosa, a plea bargain was entered into which resulted in the withdrawal of three of the original charges.

Charge three of the original charges remained and read as follows in its amended form:

“That you are guilty of contravening Rule 25.5.(i) of the Constitution of the ANC by behaving in such a way as to provoke serious divisions or a breakdown of unity in the organisation;

In that:

At the ANC Youth League Limpopo Provincial Congress, on Sunday, April 11, 2010, when addressing the media, you issued the utterance that, ‘Even (former) President Thabo Mbeki, when he differed with the Youth League, and the Youth League had taken firm radical positions against him, he never did that’ thereby implying that the ANC Youth League, of which you are the president, has taken a position against the President of the ANC.

The respondent pleaded guilty to this charge. The result of this has been that the leading of evidence became unnecessary.

The NDC therefore considered what was proposed as appropriate sanction. Although the NDC has to attach an appropriate weight to a plea bargain, it held that the NDC has discretion to either accept, amend or reject a proposed sanction if inappropriate to the misconduct.

After considering both mitigating and aggravating circumstances, the NDC ruled as follows:


Comrade Julius Malema shall make a public apology to the President of the ANC, the ANC and the public in general. The text of the apology is contained in Annexure A, and submitted as part of this press statement on behalf of comrade Malema.

Remedial action

Comrade Julius Malema shall:

Attend the ANC Political School for at least twenty (20) days within the next year, from the date of this ruling.

Attend programmes on effective leadership communication and anger management or other appropriate programmes at local institutions to be determined by the NDC.

Adherence to the sanctions in clauses 4.5.2 shall be monitored by ANC National Office Bearers.


A fine of R10 000 is imposed and payable within 3 months to a youth development project to be determined by the presenter.

The NDC further ruled that should comrade Julius Malema be found guilty of contravening rule 25.5 (i) of the ANC constitution within the next two years, his membership of the ANC shall be summarily suspended, for a period to be determined by the NDC.

Annexure A

I, Julius Malema, apologise to the president of the ANC and the republic, comrade Jacob Zuma, and to the membership of the African National Congress and the public in general for the statements and utterances that I made on 11 April 2010 at the ANC Youth League Limpopo Provincial Congress implying that the ANC Youth League has taken a position against the president of the ANC.

I accept that these statements had the effect of undermining the stature of the President of the African National Congress and of the republic.

It further may have had the effect of undermining the confidence of our people in the leadership of the ANC and of creating serious divisions and breakdown of unity in the organisation.

I make this apology unconditionally as I accept that as a leader of the ANC and of the ANC Youth League my conduct and public utterances should at all times reflect respect and restraint.

I accept one of the key principles of congress leadership as outlined in Through the Eye of the Needle, a policy document adopted by the 51st and 52nd National Conferences of the ANC, that “an abiding quality of leadership is to learn from mistakes, to appreciate weaknesses and to correct them”.

I have learned from this mistake and therefore submit myself to the discipline of the ANC.

Statement issued by Derek Hanekom, Chairperson of the African National Congress

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