Malema’s enemy takes ANCYL to court

2010-06-26 20:35

Lehlogonolo Masoga, the arch-rival of ANC Youth League (ANCYL)

president Julius Malema, has applied for a court interdict to stop the

organisation from proceeding with disciplinary action against him.

Masoga has filed court papers in which he asks the South Gauteng

High Court to “interdict, restrain and prevent the league from taking any

further steps in the disciplinary proceedings including making and imposing any

sanction against him”.

In the court papers Masoga accuses the league of having hauled him

before a disciplinary committee with the pre-determined intention to expel


“I have now been advised by a member of the national executive

committee (NEC) of the league, Andile Lungisa, that there is an

expressed decision by the NEC to ensure that we are expelled from the

organisation,” he says in the papers.

“I will obtain an affidavit from Lungisa in this regard,” he


The matter is expected to be

heard on Friday.

Masoga has been charged with walking away from the league’s chaotic

Limpopo conference in April and failing to present the chairperson’s report.

Masoga has always maintained, however, that he was forced to leave after Malema

instructed police to chase his supporters out of the conference venue. Police

fired at them with rubber bullets.

The court challenge came after Masoga’s hearing degenerated into a

sham this week after his lawyer, Thembeka Ngcukaitobi, was chased out of the

hearing by its chairperson, Doctor Tshwale, for allegedly being


Ngcukaitobi was dismissed after he briefly left the hearing to

prepare and call his pro-Masoga witnesses, against the disciplinary committee

panel’s wishes.

Masoga’s spokesperson, Mbasa Metuse, said they had no choice but to

approach the court since the disciplinary committee had treated his client


“We think we have sufficiently exhausted all internal processes,

including the ANC’s national working committee,” he said.

“The matter has

been brought before the ANC and there has not been any response, but at the same

time there has been a desperation (from the league) to expel Masoga,” he


Metuse said the interdict was meant to prevent Masoga being thrown

out onto the streets because then there would not be a platform for him from

which to fight his case.

Masoga is leading a campaign to oust Malema and replace him with

his deputy,

Andile Lungisa.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu could not be reached for



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