Malema fails again to unseat Hanekom

2011-09-16 13:45

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has again failed to unseat Derek Hanekom as head of an ANC disciplinary committee hearing charges against him.

The ANC said today the committee turned down a second application by Malema for the recusal of Hanekom.

This followed another round of procedural matters during Malema’s opening plea at his disciplinary hearing.

“After due deliberation, the National Disciplinary Committee ruled that this matter was raised in the initial application for recusal of three members of the committee and that decision still stands,” the ANC said.

The first application for recusal was raised when the hearings opened, but was turned down.

The ANC said the second charge against Malema had been provisionally withdrawn.

The National Disciplinary Committee was mentioned in the second charge, but an explanation of what the charge was about could not be immediately obtained from the ANC.

The committee completed the hearings into three of the four cases, save for closing argument in the matter of league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

That would be heard next week.

The disciplinary hearing against Malema would continue today and tomorrow, with the intention of finalising the hearing next week.

Malema, Shivambu, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe, and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi faced several charges.

They were brought after comments that the youth league would help bring about regime change in Botswana. They since apologised to the ANC for the statement and withdrew it.

The six were also accused of sowing divisions within the ranks of the ANC.

The hearing was taking place at a venue outside Johannesburg.

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