No word on ANCYL appeal

By Drum Digital
19 March 2012

There was no word on Monday about when the ANC Youth League's leaders will meet the ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA).

ANC spokesman Keith Khoza confirmed that embattled ANCYL president Julius Malema, spokesman Floyd Shivambu and secretary general Sindiso Magaqa lodged appeals last week.

"[But] we don't know when the NDCA will meet," said Khoza.

The deadline for the three to lodge their appeals against sanctions meted out against them by the ANC's national disciplinary committee (NDC) was Wednesday.

Malema was expelled from the ANC for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute by unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks about bringing about regime change in Botswana.

He remains ANCYL president until all options to overturn his expulsion have been exhausted.

Shivambu and Magaqa were also found guilty of sowing division and for bringing the ANC into disrepute.

Shivambu was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

Magaqa was suspended for three years for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. This was suspended for three years on condition that he apologise to Gigaba within 15 days.

Magaqa apologised to Gigaba, in a statement sent to the media, on March 10.

On Friday, the ANCYL said it would reconsider its appeal following comments by Zuma at a business breakfast in Port Elizabeth.

He said the youth league had to accept that it needed to appoint a new president and move on.

He said the ANC had no choice but to apply the constitution of the party and "the constitution is very clear".

He acknowledged that Malema's appeal process was still underway.

"[But] I think at the end of the day that has drawn to a conclusion," Zuma said.

The ANCYL lashed out Zuma and questioned whether it should in fact pursue the appeal process considering Zuma had already pronounced on it.

"President Zuma's proclamation that the ANCYL will have to have a new president is a premature expulsion of ANCYL president [Julius Malema] even before the NDCA could listen to evidence on whether the sanction of the NDC is sound," it said.

"In light of the president's utterances, the ANCYL will consult with relevant structures... to determine whether we should go ahead with the ... appeal process when the president of the ANC has already announced its outcomes."

Khoza said on Monday that there had been no talks yet between the ANC and the ANCYL.

The ANCYL was not immediately available for comment.

Despite Malema's expulsion, the ANCYL has remained defiant, with provincial leaders insisting that he will stay leader of the ANCYL.

Should Malema's appeal fail, he can ask the ANC's national executive committee to review the matter.

Should this also fail, he can raise it on the floor of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December, however this would be unprecedented in the party's 100-year history.

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