ANCYL: Four cases, four guilty findings

2011-11-11 00:00

THE cases against Julius Malema, Ronald Lamola, Pule Mabe, Sindiso Magaqa, Kenetswe Mosenogi and Floyd Shivambu.

CASE 1. That they deliberately disrupted a closed meeting of ANC leaders (which included President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe) and undermined party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Finding: Guilty of disobedience in that they endangered the physical safety of ANC leaders and undermined the culture of respect, the value system, efficiency, professionalism, discipline and order within the ANC.

Sentence: Malema, Lamola, Mabe and Magaqa (Shivambu was not involved in this incident) are suspended from the youth league for two years. The sentence is suspended for three years. They must subject themselves to remedial guardianship.

CASE 2. That Magaqa as youth league secretary-general premeditated the undermining of the integrity of Public Works Minister Malusi Gigaba by defaming him, thereby attempting to sow division in the ANC. He accused the minister of wanting to “satisfy imperialists” after Gigaba criticised the youth league in the presence of an audience of businesspeople about their standpoint that mines should be nationalised.

Finding: Guilty, among others, of directly jeopardising both local and foreign investment in South Africa.

Sentence: Magaqa’s youth league membership is conditionally suspended for 18 months. He must apologise in writing to Gigaba within five days.

CASE 3. That youth league spokesperson Shivambu undermined the ANC’s integrity, reputation and activities by causing rifts in party ranks. He did this, among others, by repeatedly swearing at Jacques Dommisse, a journalist of Media24’s investigative team. He was also charged with issuing damaging statements, contrary to ANC and government policy, about Botswana.

Finding: Guilty.

Sentence: Summarily suspended from ANC Youth League membership for three years.

CASE 4. Malema was accused of causing serious division in the ANC by damaging the party’s reputation. The case relates to pronouncements about African unity made by Malema to play off former President Thabo Mbeki against Zuma and Motlanthe. In this case Malema was also accused of jeopardising the international reputation of the ANC government by his statements about Botswana and the youth league’s intention of becoming involved in that country’s domestic politics in order to undermine President Ian Khama’s government. He was also accused of sowing racism, division and political intolerance in the ANC during a public meeting.

Finding: Guilty.

Sentence: Malema’s membership of the ANC youth league is suspended for five years. A previous two-year suspended sentence imposed on him in May last year for misconduct was put into effect and is to be served concurrently with his current sentences. He must vacate his position as leader of the ANC Youth League.

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