Youth league hearings to resume

2011-09-13 11:04

The disciplinary hearings of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, four other office bearers and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu will continue in Kibler Park, south of Joburg today, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

It was hoped that final argument would be wrapped up for Malema, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy-president Ronald Lamola, treasurer-general Pule Mabe and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi – who have to defend themselves against an accusation that they “barged” into a meeting of ANC leadership.

Shivambu and Magaqa would have separate disciplinaries on separate matters, if time permitted. Malema would then have another separate disciplinary on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Khoza said.

The youth league leaders face charges in terms of rule 25.5(q) and rule 25.5(o) of the constitution of the ANC which deals with the ruling party’s expectation of discipline by members.

Khoza said the hearings had proceeded with no disruptions outside the venue at the Klipriviersberg Recreation Centre. “It looks like it’s going well,” he said.

A Sapa photographer said mounted and metro police officers were on the scene and a small group of journalists were allowed to wait in a nearby park. There were a few people in plain clothes at the building, but no large group of supporters.

On the opening day of the hearings at the ANC headquarters in Sauer Street in downtown Joburg last week, groups of people pledging support for Malema threw stones, bricks and bottles in the streets of the CBD so the venue was changed.

Rule 25.5 of the ANC constitution sets out conduct by a member or public representative which can lead to disciplinary proceedings.

Rule 25.5(q) is: “Deliberately disrupting meetings and interfering with the orderly functioning of the organisation; and 25.5(o) is: “Prejudicing the integrity or repute of the organisation, its personnel or its operational capacity... by: impeding the activities of the organisation; creating division within its ranks or membership; doing any other act, which undermines its effectiveness as an organisation; or acting on behalf of or in collaboration with: counter-revolutionary forces; a political organisation or party other than an organisation or party in alliance with the ANC in a manner contrary to the aims, policies and objectives of the ANC; intelligence or the security services of other countries; or any person or group who seriously interferes with the work of the organisation or prevents it from fulfilling its mission and objectives.”

Yesterday, Malema was not present when the Equality Court in Joburg declared the words “awudubula ibhuna” (shoot the boer) and “dubula amabhuna baya rapyha” (shoot the boers, they rape), which he sang at rallies, as hate speech after a complaint by minority rights lobby group AfriForum.

The league said it would study the judgment before commenting, while the ANC said it was “appalled” because it considered the words and the song as part of its history.

Khoza said the ANC would probably appeal it, but details of this would still be decided.

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