Malema faces the music

2010-04-20 12:50

The ANC has confirmed charging its youth league leader Julius

Malema with ill-discipline, but refused to be drawn on the nature of the alleged


Addressing the media today at the party’s headquarters in

Johannesburg, ANC deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise said the organisation

would not

try Malema in public.

Modise said: “The ANC has preferred charges against the ANC Youth

League [ANCYL] President Julius Malema. In this regard, we would like to restate

that issues of discipline in the ANC belong to the structures of the ANC and

therefore are not matters of the public or the media.”

Modise’s comments came after a meeting between the leadership of

the party and its youth league yesterday.

Flanked by ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivhambu and the league’s

secretary-general, Vuyelwa Tulelo, Modise refused to outline the charges.

“We seek to be given space to do our business as we want

without feeling pressure from any quarter,” Modise said, continuing that the

party’s disciplinary committee would investigate the charges and start a process

to discipline Malema if found guilty.

However, it has emerged that any tough action against Malema might

fuel tensions in the party. In its submission yesterday, the league is

understood to have been pressing for the charges to be dropped.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu dismissed earlier reports that the

charges were dropped at the meeting.

Mthembu said: “There was no dropping of charges. Presentations were

made and the leadership is looking into that.”

Malema is said to have been charged with misconduct and bringing

the party into disrepute after he continued singing the “kill the boer” song

although the party had asked its leaders to stop.

The ANC is also unhappy that Malema pledged support for Zimbabwean

President Robert Mugabe and with the way he had chased a BBC reporter out of an

ANCYL press conference.

The party took issue with Malema’s apparent comments that Zuma was

worse than former president Thabo Mbeki by rebuking the league in public.

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