Malema slow on sanction

2010-06-10 00:00

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is yet to attend a single anger management class, or ANC political school, almost a month after the ANC national disciplinary committee (NDC) ordered him to do so.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu confirmed yesterday that Malema is yet to attend the anger management course as well as a 20-day course at the ANC political school, a sanction handed down to the youth leader by the NDC after he was found guilty of bringing the name of the ANC into disrepute.

Mthembu could also not reveal whether Malema had paid his R10 000 fine to a youth development organisation.

“He is going to attend [the courses] at an appropriate time. No time frames were put as to when he should attend those courses. You can ask him yourself on whether he has paid the R10 000 fine,” Mthembu said.

On May 11 this year, Malema was found guilty of contravening Rule 25.5 (i) of the ANC by behaving in such a way as to provoke serious divisions or a break-down of unity in the party.

He was ordered to attend the ANC political school for at least 20 days within a year from the date of the ruling, and to attend programmes on effective leadership communication and anger management or other appropriate courses at institutions to be determined by the NDC. He was also required to pay R10 000, within three months, to a youth development project.

ANCYL national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said: “Those are internal matters and we don’t discuss them with the media.”

Malema originally faced four charges, but three were withdrawn after his representative Mathews Phosa entered into a plea bargain with the NDC, which saw Malema pleading guilty to one charge.

He pleaded guilty to a charge that in April, during an ANCYL Limpopo provincial congress, he said: “Even [former] president Thabo Mbeki, when he differed with the Youth League, and the Youth League had taken firm radical positions against him, he never did that” — thereby implying that the ANCYL has taken a position against the president of the ANC Jacob Zuma.

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