ANC: Malema matter a distraction

2012-04-25 09:29

Johannesburg - The disciplinary processes against the ANC Youth League leadership have been a distraction from the core business of the ruling party, the ANC said on Wednesday.

"It's not something nice, we value every member, but our members have to abide by the [party] constitution," said African National Congress spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"With the process reaching finality, the ANC can concentrate on its main business of making life better for South Africans."

On Tuesday the party's national disciplinary committee of appeal expelled Youth League president Julius Malema and suspended the membership of spokesperson Floyd Shivambu for three years.

General secretary of the league Sindiso Magaqa had his sentence of suspension reduced from three years to one year.

Respect ruling

Mthembu said the closure the NDCA decision had brought to the matter left the ANC in a stronger position to tackle issues related to service delivery and improvement of the health and education system.

He called on all ANC, Youth League and alliance members to respect and abide by the decision as it was taken by a party structure within the guidelines of the ANC constitution.

Now that the matter was settled, the ANC would also be able to prepare for the national elective conference to be held in Mangaung, said Mthembu.

Malema was originally suspended for five years for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute.

He was found to have done so by unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana.

On February 29 the NDC announced that the sanction against him was being increased to one of expulsion.

He again appealed and it was this appeal that the NDCA dismissed on Tuesday.

Shivambu was found guilty of sowing division and bringing the ANC into disrepute. He 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 punished for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Initially, his suspension was contingent on him apologising to Gigaba within 15 days. Magaqa apologised to Gigaba in a statement sent to the media on March 10.

  • Sean - 2012-04-25 09:38


  • Piet - 2012-04-25 09:41

    Oh so you did not manage to steal as much money as you would have liked when this process was taking place!

  • Henri - 2012-04-25 09:41

    U raised him, made it South Africa`s problem, best you keep quiet now that you have finally got rid of him !!!!

  • Bennie - 2012-04-25 09:41

    What is the cANCer 's core business?? They can steal more when not tied up in hearings??

      Frank - 2012-04-25 10:35

      That's the Big Question!! Reading the drivel of this idiot spokesperson, the first problem I have is his dumb utterance of the ANC being the "ruling" party! As far as I know, in a democracy you have a "governing" party that can be fired by the voters if they do not govern according to the approved mandate set out by them. With these idiots, they are still under the impression that they won the right to "rule" after we gave our country to them to govern! What a lot of cretins we have masquerading as a government!!

  • Greg - 2012-04-25 09:41

    Yes, it has been a distraction to the entire country, now that it's over and that he's a nobody, it'd be great too if the media would stop fueling the idiot's ego and reporting on him...

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-04-25 10:44

      Yes, the media always like to portray themselves as principled, doing what is good in the genelal interest. It's time they give it some credability and stop fuelling this fat boy's distorted emage.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-25 11:43

      I second that Greg!!!

  • Nigel - 2012-04-25 09:44

    Malema has been a distraction for the last 2 years preventing them from delivering, so what then stopped the ANC from delivering for the 16 years before that?

      Piet - 2012-04-25 09:49

      Anything as an excuse not to work!

      David - 2012-04-25 09:55

      Distraction from what?? Tender fraud, getting married - AGAIN? Wow excuse after excuse from ANC, what next, maybe too busy planning year end meeting to talk about ways of steling more tax payers money.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-25 10:18

      So they admit they have not been doing their jobs.

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-04-25 10:20

      Zuma said last night on the news that service delivery is because of people feeling they are entitled to it, Ijust wonder who have created this entitlement issue with voters they stay in power, he further said that we will not ever have civil unrest and rebellion as we are a functioning democracy.

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-25 09:49

    Corruption and thieving should be your biggest concern of distraction.

  • alenmaleka - 2012-04-25 09:55

    jackson mthembu a self confessed Drunkard. His son just like him(jackson)is a drug addict and lives in noord taxi rank.

      Blessing - 2012-04-25 12:25

      Are here about the personalities of the relatives of politicians? Alen, try to be smart, kindly familiarise with the philosophical phenomenon called "falacy" you might get one or two things about reasoning. What will the status of Mthembu's son help the situation of SA? There are more pressing issues in the country which need attention than the son of a politician. l am happy that you are not a leader, otherwise you will shift the main focus of real issues to no brainer isues. Imagina a country having millions like you, then its hell.

  • Steve - 2012-04-25 10:04

    Sheesh! Maybe Malema should now look to a different vocation. He has kept us all entertained for some time now. Perhaps a career in stand-up comedy?

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-04-25 10:07

    Uhm, correct me if i'm wrong, but since when is the priority of a political party supposed to be business? Oh wait, that is what the ANC is all about, making money

      colin.steyn.5 - 2012-04-25 10:50

      Not MAKING money, stealing other people's money

  • Charlie - 2012-04-25 10:14

    If this relatively minor matter is such a major distraction, this country is in worse trouble than we thought.

  • Smile - 2012-04-25 10:14

    VIVA!!! DA!!! All hard working South Africans must choose carefully who they vote for next time. If you want your country to fail then vote for crap like this.

  • Carry - 2012-04-25 10:30


  • Peter - 2012-04-25 10:41

    "a distraction from the core business of the ruling party" Bull*`1@t!!!! How can they be distracted when they do nothing anyway. Just a bunch of money greedy air thieves.

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-04-25 10:44

    Finally the ANC listened to the DA and Inkatha which said Malema should be fired I think that was 4 or 5 years ago. The DA even said they are happy with the statements that Mr Malema was making at the time becuase they (statements) help the DA voters to grow. For those who think that Malema was/ is victimised ask Holomisa he was also fired for refusing to apologies for his utterances during the TRC.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-25 10:55

    'We can concentrate on our main business, making life better for South Africans'. So Malema kept you from doing what you have been elected for and you expect us to fall for that bit of nonsense?. I wish these people in the ruling party will stop thinking that their brain capacity is shared by us all. Get a life.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-25 10:59

    He is living in fools paradise as to most of them if they think the Malema factor is gone. It is just about to begin!!!

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-04-25 11:12

    Guys guys guys!!!!! Since this Malema issue got into the media last night I have noticed that, it is slowly turning into a battle between the ANC and DA on social media sites and even the race card is being played repeatedly. Now how do you people expect the country to progress when we still hang on to apartheid and what the \white\ government did to us black people. that is history people, and wats even more sad is the fact that the youth of today is the major player in sowing divisions in the country from the Dubul'ibhunu saga to the racially motivated violence in Cape Town schools. What has happened to the philosophy of greats such as Nelson Mandela, Chief Albert Luthuli, O.R Thambo, Goven Mbeki? We need to mobilise as the youth of today and start preparing a great future for the country where black and white can co-exist without the one seeing the other as a potential enemy.

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-25 12:01

      Monde - I like your mindset! Could not agree with you more! If only everyonse else would stop their colour issues once and for all, they don't realise what potential damage they are causing to their kids if they carry on like that! One day we, the older generation, are gone and surely we woud like to see the new generation without colour issues and be able to live in harmony with no conflict and to be able to live like civilisd people!

      Nigel - 2012-04-25 12:32

      Monde, well said, it is not a black & white issue or a ANC DA issue, it is our future & our children's future, the sooner we all realize this the better, I am on the same bus as you.

  • kgabog1 - 2012-04-25 11:23

    Malema was there for needy cause those there they are just running a business with poor people so he was distracting their plans for fighting for what he believed in for the people of mzanzi,the whole system its selt is corrupt and I'm sure one of the reason for the state bill was to cover the tricks they are doing by robing us with our land so I still have hope for julius down with!

  • Collen - 2012-04-25 11:23

    so you mthembus think this is over? watch and learn. the anc might have overcome many challenges but believe me not this one.

      Nigel - 2012-04-25 12:28

      nor is education , or corruption

  • Steven Ngobeni - 2012-04-25 11:58

    Making people's life better by forcing them to pay for for the roads constructed by their own tax money? Voetsek.

  • Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-25 12:17

    Muthembu where was this ANC's constitution and all this NDC's during President Mbeki's persecution ?

      Blessing - 2012-04-25 12:36

      Wiseman, l had long thought that one's name resembles him. The constituotion is still the same. Otherwise back to the main issue: How do you expect the country to stand if the youth leader does not address real issues of the youths, kindly advise if ever l missed this from Malema: Does not focus on education of the youths, has never commented or taken action around education issues in the Eastern Cape, KZN and even commended the education department in the W. Cape for its efforts. His ideology was to create more uneducated people by advising them the looting theory where the focus is on an immediate ownership of a mine. Obviously if youths are told of a swift transition from poverty to mine and big farm ownership they will little the education. Apart from education, there are real issues around youths; drugs, alcohol abuse, youhts being raped etc there is no mention in that. One tends to wonder as to what kind of leadership is that. Mobilises the youths against the president, that is a destruction of our future leaders who will always live without any form of respect. Attack on other people in different political parties, now he has to meet Zille in court for all her actions, then you say youths need to follow all this. Fortunately l am out of the youth age group, however, it remains a concern to all the people who are affected one way or the other by the youths.

  • Aubrey - 2012-04-25 12:21

    Its gat nothing to do with Malama,ANC is trying to move the blame of them failing to provide en guide South Africans to a better life,a bunch of corrupt politicians trying to blind us,with poor governance,That's Bull!!!! Viva Malema true comdrade!

  • Morena - 2012-04-25 16:53

    to ANC may GOD bless you for Making JUJU an excuse in service delivery.JUJU all shall be well soon, like it or not just hang it there for now.....

  • AnthonyZA - 2012-04-28 13:44

    Hmmm can't do two things at once hey?

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