Hundreds gather at Malema's Limpopo home

2012-02-29 20:55

Johannesburg - About 500 people have gathered outside ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's home in Seshego, near Polokwane on Wednesday night, Limpopo police said.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said they were there to support Malema ahead of an announcement of his fate within the party.

"Police started monitoring the situation around 14:00. By then there were about 200 people. The number has now swelled to about 500 people," he said.

"We have police on the ground, and there have been no incidents."

African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza said the party's national disciplinary committee (NDC) was scheduled to make an announcement on Malema's mitigation hearing on Wednesday.

"As far as I'm concerned, the announcement will still be made today [Wednesday] as announced by the NDC earlier though a statement. We haven't heard anything to the contrary," Khoza told Sapa.

Khoza said the committee was still inside ANC headquarters Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.

"We are also still waiting," he said.

According to a statement issued by NDC chairperson Derek Hanekom on Wednesday morning, Malema's mitigation hearing announcement would be made in the "late afternoon".

Nothing had been heard by 8pm. By this time, many journalists who had been waiting outside Luthuli House from as early as 14:00 started leaving.

Malema was reportedly in his hometown of Seshego, Limpopo. His legal team had also reportedly not formally received the decision, raising doubts that the NDC would release its findings on Wednesday.

The ANC's constitution requires the NDC to first inform Malema of its decision before handing over formal documentation to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Only then it may announce the findings to the public.

Malema's lawyers, Patrick Mtshaulana and Dali Mpofu, refused to comment on matter. Mtshaulana said he "was at court the entire day" and heard about the expected announcement on radio news on his way home.

Policemen were earlier stationed at the door to the ruling party's headquarters. The streets surrounding Luthuli House remained open to traffic, and there was no sign of Malema supporters. Journalists were ordered not to stand near the building and told to go across the road. Parked at the corner of the building, on Sauer Street, was a police van and a Nyala.

On February 4 the African National Congress's national disciplinary committee of appeals announced it had upheld the conviction of Malema and five ANCYL officials for bringing the party into disrepute and sowing divisions in its ranks.

Malema was suspended for five years. League spokespersonFloyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi were suspended for periods ranging from 18 months to three years.

Their appeal against their sentences was dismissed. They were then allowed to present evidence in mitigation. The sentences were suspended pending the outcome of this hearing.

  • Koos - 2012-02-29 20:59

    Waiting to hear if there is some more free chicken and T-Shirts in their future?

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-29 21:21

      Mind yr language, that man is not very popular in that area at all, dont be suprised that some people are there to celebrate his demise. The idea of chicken & food is an insult at worst.

      Kolobe - 2012-02-29 21:29

      malema the majority of this country is behind you

      Anthony - 2012-02-29 21:37

      julius where,s malema

      Wesley - 2012-02-29 21:40

      Kolobe, the only way the majority will be behind Malemmer is with a Nashau copier, copy vote byeeeeee

      Putin the " - 2012-02-29 21:41

      Truth be told, he has guts. unlike most of you racists can't even stand up to your own women!

      Nicola Erasmus - 2012-02-29 21:42

      Which country are you from Kolobe? I seriously suggest you re-check your statistics...

      Kolobe - 2012-02-29 21:45

      you people confuse this country with the white minority

      Tony - 2012-02-29 22:09

      @kolobe ..... Ummm er I don't think so..... But you are the ex spurt so you tell us...

      John - 2012-02-29 22:21

      Don't you all think that Chris Hani's gravestone was vandalised becouse Malema was wearing his face on the t-shirt?

  • Comrade - 2012-02-29 21:01

    FREE KFC ???

  • wernervh - 2012-02-29 21:02

    Just get it over with already! Yawn!

  • paul.coetzee1 - 2012-02-29 21:03

    You are going dowm poophol. At last. See you next Tuesday

  • Kim - 2012-02-29 21:08

    Hope they have petrol and matches

  • Anthony - 2012-02-29 21:12

    a hanging or necklessing hope both

  • Michael - 2012-02-29 21:15

    For what??? Stupid ... +*+/** =-- --- /** ods!

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-29 21:16

    Another blunder & perverse tactics

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-02-29 21:24

    It is ANC time which is worse than AFRICA time.... they did not say which Wednesday, could be next week or month...

      Ashen - 2012-03-01 07:00

      even worse than indian time

  • IAnon - 2012-02-29 21:30

    Party Time ...

  • 01ndivhu - 2012-02-29 21:30

    These guys are sick, not long ago they were happy to hear that he was suspended, and now this (support)

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-29 21:31

    The weakness of this govnerment, gives power to Malema....Malema will surely be thinking ...the Anc are afraid of him, thats why they are delaying their announcement of the decision they have made. How can one man who has little education and intelligence hold the power of the Anc govnerment to ransom. Get rid of Malema now, or your problems with him will multiply.

  • Renier - 2012-02-29 21:54

    Only 500? Where is his thousands of followers?

      claudia.thackeray - 2012-02-29 22:05

      Striking at Impala Rustenburg

      Tony - 2012-02-29 22:13

      Ask kolobe ... He seems to think Snotkop has plenty of sheep to support him? But then maybe these guys can't count so after running out of fingers and toes, 500 seems like a lot.;-)

  • Michael - 2012-02-29 22:09

    come to get there money back

  • Tony - 2012-02-29 22:11

    Geee, I am going to miss Juliass, NOT !!!

  • Patrick - 2012-02-29 23:00

    Hi Malemas, hey hav had that DA is looking for young black politician. submit yo cv to attention madam Godzilla. they won't ask you about woodwork.

  • Matanje - 2012-03-01 00:19

    Watch out the rules of the universe. What goes down will come up!

      Vinesh - 2012-03-01 06:41

      he WILL rise like the Phoenix! he will fight them on the beaches, he will fight them in the showers, he will fight them in woodwork classrooms....why the hell does he not want to SURRENDER?

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