ANCYL hearing adjourned

2012-02-13 17:32

Johannesburg - A mitigation hearing for ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and two other league members was adjourned on Monday afternoon, the ANC said.

"We can say that the hearing has been adjourned, but we cannot confirm whether it will continue tomorrow," said African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza.

Six hours were set aside on Monday to allow Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, and the league's secretary general Sindiso Magaqa an opportunity to argue in mitigation of their suspension from the ruling party.

Khoza said he could not provide details on the applications brought by ANCYL leadership during the hearing.

Earlier in the day, ANC national disciplinary committee chairperson Derek Hanekom said the ruling party would also be allowed to argue its case during the hearing.

"The sitting will also receive arguments for aggravating circumstances from the ANC as per the decision of the NDCA [national disciplinary committee of appeals]... the ANC's aggravating argument will also be allocated two hours in total," he said in a statement.

Misleading statements

On Sunday, during a closed session of the ANCYL's lekgotla, Malema told delegates he had received a letter from the committee only on Saturday informing him, Shivambu, and Magaqa, that they had to be at the mitigation proceedings.

Hanekom denied this, saying the NDC and the youth league met on Wednesday, February 8, in a pre-hearing conference and agreed on the date for the mitigation and aggravating arguments.

"Secondly, we want to place on record that formal letters were sent to each individual on Thursday, February 9 to confirm the sitting," Hanekom said.

He said the NDC wanted to correct "misleading" statements that the ANCYL leaders were charged for calling for the nationalisation of mines, expropriation of land, and "economic freedom".

"At no stage were these issues a factor in the current cases. Any argument suggesting that the hearings at any stage had anything to do with these issues is devoid of any truth."

Last Saturday, the ANC's appeals committee announced that attempts by Malema, Shivambu, Magaqa, and three other ANCYL officials to have the guilty verdicts against them overturned were dismissed.

They were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party.

This was after they made comments about regime change in Botswana, undermined Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba's authority, insulted a journalist, and compared President Jacob Zuma unfavourably to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.

  • philani.goba - 2012-02-13 18:01

    these guys just never get tired of screwing us around...and of course it will take 100 years for this country to be first world class (if ever), they cant even fire a useless politician timeously!!

      Kim - 2012-02-13 19:28

      @John. please just go drown yourself in the toilet.

      philani.goba - 2012-02-13 20:01

      eish John..I'm with you on the Mapara road rage song..but I think its inaccurate to blame him for Aids, and abortion..look in some cases abortion breaks the cicle of poverty (and saves our tax money)..and its ENTIRELY the couple/woman's decision..what you CAN blame the ANC and Malema..for is misleading black people with manna from the government and dumbing the education system..Black people should wake up..the government of the day is stealing their minds all over again...

      Warren - 2012-02-13 20:06

      @ Mr Kcopah, don't bother reasoning with him...I bet he doesn't even know what he's commenting on, let alone what he's bothered to copy\paste this time. Man it just keeps repeating...kinda like a really bad curry.

      Irene - 2012-02-13 20:06

      John ~ How long will it take you to realise that people don't read your tripe anymore. It gets a bit boring when you continually post the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Get the message yet pal?

      Francois - 2012-02-13 21:17

      John and Bulldozer should be banned permanently and for that matter Mbeki too.

      Francois - 2012-02-13 21:36


  • Siphiwo - 2012-02-13 18:03

    Kusleg, you've got it all wrong. NATO was only interested in the regime change other than, respecting the AU raod map. I think you need to look at your african history as an african.

      Mano-Lee - 2012-02-13 18:35

      Assuming you are correct Siphiwo and NATO did want a regime change. So what? the point Kusleg was making is that the AU is another useless talk shop. Thats all they do, talk talk talk. A perfect example is Zimbabwe. 10 years later and the AU has done nothing to resolve the major issues there. And if Kusleg did look at his african history, he would be forced to draw the same conclusion, because african history speaks for itself. Useless

      Sean - 2012-02-13 19:11

      African way of thinking amuses me , when it suites them or they can benefit from it , the west is good and then the next day they critisize and hate the west !! They must just not forget , if it wasn`t for the west , where would they be ??

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-13 18:08


  • Hermann - 2012-02-13 18:18

    Anybody surprised?

  • Desmond - 2012-02-13 18:40

    Go to jail. Do not pass go.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-13 19:29

    Its over .Now is the time for the Hawks to tell us what they have uncovered so that we can put the useless away forever.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-13 19:33

    J U S T ... P I S S ...O F F ... A L R E A D Y!!!!!!

  • Irene - 2012-02-13 20:02

    The Fatboy is obviously a very lonely little creature. How stupid do you have to be to realise that you are not wanted? Desperate little turd.

  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-02-13 21:15

    Ju Ju wins again.....

  • Paula - 2012-02-14 10:18

    The only time this will end is if someone gives Malema a bells a few bottles I should add.......and then a bullet or maybe two in case he misses that empty vessel he calls a head.

  • Andre - 2012-02-14 10:32

    The only things that a circus has more than the ANC are tents. When it comes to clowns, the ANC has many more! Is it so difficult to discipline disruptive elements? No wonder they are struggling to rule.

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