Malema’s comeback is halted

2012-05-19 21:24

On Monday expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was on a 200km per hour comeback drive, but only five days later ANC leaders slammed on the brakes.

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile tried but failed to raise Malema’s expulsion at the ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Friday – the first after Malema’s expulsion in April.

Three sources who attended the NEC meeting and two who were briefed about the meeting corroborated this.

A source with close knowledge of the disciplinary process said the chances were slim that an NEC review will happen in future.

“If a (NEC) review was going to take place, it would have happened at this NEC,” he said, adding the issue was still hot now and the committee would not have the “appetite” for a future review.

He said in big disciplinary cases like this one the national disciplinary committee and the appeal committee would write and submit a report to the NEC, but the report hadn’t been written yet.

The report would not only include the findings, but also a political overview, and would look at:

» The violence in the city centre by Malema’s supporters when the hearing started last year.

» Whether the use of lawyers in disciplinaries should be scrapped.

» Whether controversial changes to article 11.2 o f the ANC Youth League’s constituti on on how suspensions or expulsions by the ANC is applied in the league, were done correctly or fraudulently.

This report is important because some of the lessons learnt from this disciplinary would be used when the ANC discusses amendments to its own constitution at its December conference.

The youth league had no official representatives at the NEC meeting, as Malema and suspended secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa – who in the past were entitled to attend NEC meetings as ex officio members – are not allowed to go to ANC events.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu yesterday confirmed this.

The league has refused to recognise that these positions are vacant, which means deputy president Ronald Lamola and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi cannot step up to act in the positions.

An NEC source said the league “petitioned” the ANC on Tuesday, but this wasn’t discussed in the NEC.

“We couldn’t talk about (Malema’s case) before in the NEC because the (disciplinary) process was going on,” the source said.

Mashatile asked for a report on the hearing, but was told it wasn’t ready.

He got no backing to debate Malema’s expulsion either, an indication that Malema’s support in the NEC might have run out.

It is unclear how the matter would be raised in the NEC in future.

“The meeting said he (Mashatile) must take it to the secretary-general. If it’s brought by appropriate structures it can come to the NEC.”

Malema on Monday addressed the first press conference since his expulsion, vowing he would fight it at every opportunity, right to the ANC’s elective conference in December and beyond.

“Where to from here? Straight to the ANC at 200km per hour. We will head for the ANC,” Malema said.

The league is expected to decide on the way forward at a national general council in August.

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