Malema appeal to continue

2012-01-24 13:44

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's appeal hearing was scheduled to continue at the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

African National Congress officials and Malema's lawyers could not be reached to comment on the progress of the hearing.

The start of the hearing on Monday was marked by an information blackout, with party spokespeople saying they had been instructed not to comment.

"The media have been kept out and we don't know anything about it. The media might receive information once the hearing is completed," spokesperson Keith Khoza said on Monday.

ANC appeals committee chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa would hear oral arguments at the hearing. Malema's lawyers submitted heads of argument to the ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeals last week.

Advocate Patrick Mtshaulana said these detailed why Malema's five-year suspension should be overturned.

Malema and other senior ANCYL leaders were suspended in November last year after being found guilty of sowing division within the ANC and of bringing the party into disrepute. This was due to, among other things, comments about bringing regime change in Botswana.

Heads of argument were also filed for league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Mtshaulana said they would try to convince Ramaphosa that they had not been given a chance to argue in mitigation of their sentences.

They would also argue that disciplinary committee members, including chairperson Derek Hanekom and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, should have recused themselves from the disciplinary committee which dealt with the matter.

This was because they had previously publicly disagreed with the ANCYL's positions on land reform and the nationalisation of mines.

They would further submit that the verdict and sanctions relied on an outdated section of the ANCYL constitution.

  • procold2 - 2012-01-24 13:51

    not worth commenting on,

      tbooze - 2012-01-24 14:24

      YAAAWWWWN !!!!! This is getting boring , tell us about how we almost died and you never warned us

      thapelo.mafu - 2012-01-24 14:28

      then why are u commenting

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 14:44

      to pi@@ you off,and give you some reading practice

      Gerhard - 2012-01-24 15:24

      And tomorrow's headline "Malema's appeal to go ahead"

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 13:57

    Tell us the outcome-wether they had the b@lls to hold firm or not! People are being murdered,starving,living in poverty and the world is focussed on a two bit gangster who isnt worth the price of a taxi ride to court!

  • Eduard - 2012-01-24 13:57

    moving on....this is past tense

  • Hennie - 2012-01-24 14:06

    yet another way they are going to give the idiot another pass on his sentences.... which the solar flares were more direct and controllable... could have been good fortune.

  • Daemon - 2012-01-24 14:13

    Give the guy a break, after all he comes from a province with a brilliant financial record worthy of any other African Country, like Somalia or Equatorial Guinea or even Zim.

  • lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 14:23

    just burn the idiot publicly and redestrebute his stole wealth, or better yet use his stolen wealth to build shelters and lets get on with our lives

      Shirley - 2012-01-24 14:29

      The smoke would completely destroy the ozone layer-hes FULL of toxic gas!

  • thabiso.motsoeneng1 - 2012-01-24 14:50

    we need to understatnd that the charges are not based on nationalisation or land reforms but on disciplinary policies of the anc,for me this arguemnt does not hold water, let us not forget that Malema is charged according to the ANC Constitution not the Youth leageu one.

      lindz.kok - 2012-01-24 15:00

      the thing is he is a moron, i am greatfull for him creating devition with in the facist anc goverment how ever. but hey this is africa what need is good old vidulanty justice and give him a nice necklace for all his sins, and i dont mean a nice piece of jewelary either lol

      Henri James Christie - 2012-01-24 17:23

      Ummm, he is charged by the ANC for bringing the ANC into disrepute. What more do you want?

  • Archie - 2012-01-24 15:08

    Oscars all around. best liar,best thief,best instigator of farm of all ,he is a poepall.

      Trent Hodges - 2012-01-24 15:13

      And the award for punctuation goes to...

  • Ambi - 2012-01-24 16:05

    blah blah blah malema who?

  • Yandicer - 2012-03-13 07:59

    bt anc needs malema, if malema dnt campagne, the youth wnt vote nd dat can bring a negative effect

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