Malema arrives at church

2012-04-06 13:17

Suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has arrived at a church in Eastern Cape accompanied by a VIP unit.

He was expected to speak at the Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ in Butterworth, the SABC reported.

This move could be seen as the first sign of his defying his temporary suspension from the ANC.

“In celebrating Easter Friday and commemorating the life of Solomon Mahlangu, president Julius Malema will visit the Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ in Butterworth,” the league’s spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in a statement yesterday.

Malema was visiting the church in his capacity as league president, Shivambu said.

Mahlangu was an Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier hanged by the apartheid government in 1979.

On Wednesday, Malema was gagged and temporarily suspended by the ANC national disciplinary committee, a move which forbids him exercising any duty as an ANC member, president of the youth league or member of the Limpopo provincial executive committee.

Malema’s temporary suspension from the governing party followed comments he made at a centenary lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand last Friday.

He called ANC president Jacob Zuma a dictator and said he was suppressing the youth league.

The youth league leader was informed on Wednesday morning of his immediate temporary suspension, and that the national disciplinary committee would bring disciplinary proceedings against him.

The national disciplinary committee had instituted special measures because of Malema’s repeated behaviour.

He is appealing his expulsion from the ANC for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute.

The appeals hearing was expected to take place on April 12. The two disciplinary proceedings are separate.

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