ANCYL sanctions painful, says ANC

2012-04-25 17:52

Johannesburg - The decision to discipline the ANC Youth League's leadership had been "difficult" and "painful", the ANC said on Wednesday.

"It has been a difficult and painful decision to subject some of our comrades to a disciplinary process and the resultant sanctions... [but] this had to be done in the defence of the organisation and [in the] affirming of the ANC constitution," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

He said the expulsion of ANCYL president Julius Malema from the party signalled the end of the disciplinary process.

"This outcome brings to finality a matter that has been underway for more than nine months. It is our view that the affected comrades will abide by the decision of the national disciplinary committee of appeals [NDCA]."

Learn from mistakes

Mthembu said ANC members who previously had been subjected to the same processes and sanctions had learnt from their mistakes and had become better members.

"We believe the same is possible for comrades Julius Malema, [general secretary] Sindiso Magaqa and [spokesperson] Floyd Shivambu."

The Limpopo ANC said on Wednesday Malema would no longer be able to serve on its provincial executive committee (PEC).

"We are aware of the decision [to uphold the expulsion]. As to the implications of that decision, there is only one ANC, and if a decision has been made [by the mother body] we have to abide," Limpopo ANC spokesperson Makondelele Mathivha said.

Malema was elected to the Limpopo PEC at the branch's elective conference in December last year.


The Congress of SA Trade Unions and the Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) both accepted the ANC's decision to uphold Malema's expulsion.

YCLSA spokesperson Mangaliso Stalin Khonza said: "We respect other organisations that we are aligned to. We do not want to interfere in the affairs of our alliance partners."

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the union federation respected the decision, but declined to comment further.

Political party Azanian People's Organisation (Azapo) said it was not surprised at Malema's expulsion.

"Surely, Malema struck a sensitive cord in an organisation that refuses to live with contradictions. So, he had to go," Azapo spokesperson Funani ka Ntontela said.

"We are convinced as Azapo that if things were to go the ANC’s way, Malema would have long [ago] faced the firing squad. He is lucky that he can go home to take care of his cattle donated to him by [Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe."

He said South Africans should brace themselves for a "modernised version of dictatorship" from the ANC.

Giggling president with a nice suit

"This dictatorship will rely largely on the use of state machinery [rather] than laws and policies. This dictatorship may not have the typical [former Ugandan president] Idi Amin leadership, but a giggling president with a nice suit."

On Tuesday, the ANC's NDCA announced it had expelled Malema from the party. It also suspended Shivambu's membership for three years. Magaqa had his suspension reduced from three years to one year.

Malema was originally suspended in November last year 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 national disciplinary committee announced the sanction against him was being increased to expulsion. He again appealed and it was this appeal that the NDCA dismissed on Tuesday.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-25 18:03

    It has been as painful as giving birth to a porcupine for the whole country. Thank goodness it's over...hopefully!!!

      Hadebe - 2012-04-25 18:11

      Andrew! Its not over, n 1 day u will pray n regret they attempted to silence malema

      Morrone - 2012-04-25 18:15

      Ignore JM at your own peril!!

      Andrew - 2012-04-25 18:16


      mastersvoice - 2012-04-25 18:17

      I found the whole thing rather amusing! Malema crying about the ANC being his family, ANC saying he's just a rough diamond, then he said a few nasty things about our beloved president and now finds himself resembling a piece of coal without a family!

      rbphiri - 2012-04-25 18:23

      ok Hadebe mr tinker bell enough with the fairy tales, do you think by merely clicking your heels 3 times together, malema will come back? what school of thought are you basing ur woodwork comment on?

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-04-25 18:24

      Dream on. He will be applying to court to overturn the NDCA's decision.

      melusito - 2012-04-25 18:47

      it is painful bt it wl cum 2 an end.

      deabreu - 2012-04-25 18:48

      Unfortunately there will always be racists who will support him! Racism is a something that cannot be removed from bad people.

      Sean - 2012-04-25 18:59

      @Hadebe - Suppose you can`t help it that you don`t have a brain nor a mentality !

      levi.moleme - 2012-04-25 19:03

      I dnt understand y ppl r bashing Hadebe for his/her least Andrew asked for elaboration...smell the coffee people. ANC's problem is actually bigger than Malema least Malema was brave enuf 2 stand against Zuma, unlike ppl jst sit bak nd hurl insults at him (Malema)...and for the record; I dnt support either Zuma, Malema or the ANC

      Nigel - 2012-04-25 19:05

      @Hadebe, at first I thought you were a reasonable person, but reading your latest post, you seem to be a racist & full of hate, you should really give peace a chance & don't be so hateful.

      Tanie - 2012-04-25 19:11

      Andrew, I DO NOT FEEL YOUR PAIN AT ALL. It could have been anyone else being expelled,I would still feel disgusted by to whom the decision lies. The annoying thing if that, the decision support the minorities of this country who are point-blankly refusing to change. The decision taken was to satisfy them not to discipline an astray member. But we are used to struggling,this is who the minorities made us to be, A BUNCH OF STRUGGLES.The end of Malema saga marks the beginning of a huge opposition to the minority tendencies.We have to go back to a drawing board and start where Malema ended.

      Andrew - 2012-04-25 19:46

      @Hadebe...all you are doing in your comment to my reasonable question is showing your racism towards me (the same form of racism that Malema has been breeding). I just say as I see it!! Yesterday I commented on Helen Zille, in my opinion, being insincere in her apology and I had almost 300 thumb downs to my comment. Today I’m being told by you that all I know about Africa is “save for what verwoed told u about”. How do you expect South Africa to mature as a democracy when we have leaders like Zuma and Malema. Now this does not mean that I’m necessarily a supporter of the DA. Stop stereotyping and take those racist glasses off!!

      Andrew - 2012-04-25 19:55

      @thecock...You have quite a good point, if I understand you correctly. But I think that Malema and his supporters are a minority. If they think they have the suport of the majority of South Africans then they should form a new party and put it to the democratic test of an election. Or are you saying that the majority of ANC members support Malema?

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-25 18:04

    Who cares. Shut down the dysfunctional ANCYL !!! They are a waste to South Africa and add NO value

      rbphiri - 2012-04-25 18:19

      And we all know that waste belongs down the toilet, but no00 they had to keep it in the ANC butth0le youth league.

  • John - 2012-04-25 18:04

    Now to see if the ANC can count to five.... Or are we going to see the re-emergence of the lap dog in 2 or 3 years time again??

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-25 18:04

    The sanctions are fit, keep on talking and the rest of you will also start packing your belongings at the Luthuli house.

  • Sello Jacky Majadibodu - 2012-04-25 18:09

    The ANC of today is a joke

      rbphiri - 2012-04-25 18:16

      I hear the head quarters of circus de soleil will now be at Luthuli house.

  • Viwe - 2012-04-25 18:16

    Julius Julius Julius Julius confess with your mouth and believe with your heart that Jesus died and rose again with that prayer you will be saved and have brand new life.

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-25 18:16

    Over? I doubt it. Fatboy will apologise behind closed doors, offer Showerhead his support at Mangaung and Fatboy will be forgiven and allowed to come in from the wilderness. Why? He knows too much

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-25 18:17

    Today is Malema Day for news 24! They can't report on anything but malema. They must this day holiday for their staff, so that they can mourn the death of their fallen newsmaker

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-25 18:17

    Today is Malema Day for news 24! They can't report on anything but malema. They must this day holiday for their staff, so that they can mourn the death of their fallen newsmaker

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-04-25 18:20

    'We believe that comrade Julius Malema will learn from his mistakes and become a better member' I'd rather not comment!

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-25 18:20

    Today is Malema Day for news 24! They can't report on anything but malema. They must make this day holiday for their staff, so that they can mourn the death of their fallen newsmaker. Their job has been made difficult, because from now on, they must get off their lazy bùms and look for relevant stories.

  • Hadebe - 2012-04-25 18:20

    In the defence of the organisation...twaak twaaak twaak, WTF!! who do u try to fool you double tongued piece of nothing? The only thing ure defending here is your corruption, the fleecing u have subjected all of us to and the cowboy whos marrying wives like the millions of rands who are just dissappearing in your leacky back pockets, aw! shut up n continue with what ure best at, raising up the petrol price.

  • mbulelo.luthi - 2012-04-25 18:26

    This government is so obsessed with showing the world a united multiracial front by spending billions in organising events whilst neglecting the poor.Black people wil not enjoy economic freedom anytime soon as long as this current generation of ANC leadership is still around.Now its up to the poor people of this country to get rid of these greedy leaders in the ANC.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-25 18:42

      But what about the greedy ANCYL ??? Who will get rid of them for us?

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 23:12

      Someone who talks sense! I agree 100%

  • George Krillen - 2012-04-25 18:33

    but we will keep on voting the dictator in power, so they can keep robbing the citizens. stupidity is infinite therefor i conclude tht its possible tht ANC will rule forever

  • Simphiwe - 2012-04-25 18:42

    Hope Malema will come to his senses and abide, make up his mind

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-25 18:43

    This might be a painfull decission for the ANC, But ther is a lot more pain comming for tha ANC. Now that Malema is not part of the ANC anymore, he can say what he want about the ANC and Zuma. Nothing to loose. Whatch him now, he will do everything to get rid of Zuma, even join the opposition. Now the pain will start getting more painfull.

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-25 18:48

    I believe as we were constantly told in the old days if you spare the rod you spoil the child.This delinquent "youngster" with his defiant ways was trying to be a prangster and became short of a gangster

  • Nigel - 2012-04-25 19:02

    sure, they will lose many votes, that is the ultimate pain for the ANC!!

  • Ted - 2012-04-25 19:10

    Malema has always been in opposition to the ANC of today. There is no opposition party worth its salt that can embrace him especially 'Gozille's party as he always wanted to say. There are a number of reasons why his expulsion should not be a shock to the politically mature. Malema believed that leaders like Mandela crafted their names through reckless disregard of leadership, protocol and general decency. They were educated people who knew what they were doing. The fundamental difference is that at that time the ANC was an underground organisation fighting a sitting regime. Julius forgot that the politics of an opposition party or an underground political movement and a sitting govt are fundamentally different. The ANC is at pains to transform itself into a government of all people. Most of its cadres are still locked in the politics of opposition and underground activism. That is misplaced and it manifests itself in people still talking of the liberation struggle when they are the ones who are ruling the country.

      nkululeko.gcwensa - 2012-04-27 16:49

      100% correct

  • Francois - 2012-04-25 19:31

    I am disgraced at the racist comments being thrown back and forth here among fellow countrymen. It is a lose lose situation cultivating an attitude of hatred among people. What ever happened to encouraging and building up your peers, being friendly, supportive and interested in each other to make this great country a better place for all? Is this how we want our children or even great grand children to be acting one day? Each one of us has the responsibility to not only teach our children to be better than this, but also to lead by example.

      Ted - 2012-04-25 21:01

      Tell them brother, tell them. In the words of Mandela: “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness\.

      Burtfred - 2012-04-25 21:38

      Please pass me the box of kleenex

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 23:10

      Hard to do that with affirmative action and BEE, that in itself is a racist practice. New South Africa? Equality? I think not.

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-25 20:02

    \DEAD\ by \giggling president with a nice suit\ LMAO!

  • petrofect - 2012-04-25 20:02

    Juju a victim of ANC Juju viva!!!

      Nkosana - 2012-04-26 05:18

      Zuma must go cum December to elect the new President nt like showerman Nxh,Viva Cde Malema Viva

      Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 23:08

      Juju is a victim of himself

  • Phuti - 2012-04-25 20:38

    I just hope that at mangaung they vote for a man of integrity not a scandallous somebody like Zuma.I president who is not being dragged to courts like Zuma.

  • Morama - 2012-04-25 20:52

    Division is alive i Anc but because this time around was not in favour of the double header shower man,Malema is silenced which i believe is a temporary measure to Mangaung.This guy ispowerfull than Polygamous double header showerman.

  • jmackiedann - 2012-04-25 22:10

    now i might become a member because its maybe no longer a circus cause the entertainer is gone....thanx riddens

  • Ako - 2012-04-25 23:09

    It's always been so painful to punish your child but for him to be a better person in the near future you have to discpline him as painful as it is. There are those who support Malema but I don't think they'll be proud to have a disrespectful child like him I won't be proud either, trully speaking ANC should have expelled him long time ago, it was long over due

      Ronald - 2012-04-26 19:05

      Child? CHILD?!!! Are you freaking kidding me. He's in his 30's. If he is a child he's that 30 something lazy no for good who had been living in their parents basement using up all their food and utilities and not contributing a cent. He will never be a better leader, because there is no cure for stupid. Well mommy and daddy ANC have had enough and kicked the over grown brat out. I think one of the biggest problems is that they kept on treating a man in his thirty's as a child. Children do not have the same consequences as adults so he thought that he could get away with blue murder. With the type of speech that this man has used he is nothing more than A traitor to our great nation.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 23:07

    Not really, I'm rather enjoying it

  • siphiwom - 2012-05-05 22:22

    mthembu you remember when you were arrested and apologize to the nation and we accepted your apology and your president. why when this young man ask for apology you just fire him.

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