Information blackout on Malema appeal

2012-01-24 07:44

Johannesburg - There was an information blackout on the appeal hearing of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema as it started in Johannesburg on Monday.

It was not known whether the proceedings would continue on Tuesday.

Earlier, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said party members had been instructed not to comment on the hearing at Luthuli House.

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


Malema's appeal began at Luthuli House on Monday. A handful of his supporters were outside the ANC's head office.

Prisoner rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu stood on a nearby wall, holding up a placard in support of Malema.

"Cde Cyril [Ramaphosa] do the right thing. There is no case here, only shackles," it read.

Ramaphosa, in his capacity as ANC appeals committee chairperson, was expected to hear oral arguments at Malema's hearing.

At noon on Monday, a police convoy escorted several vehicles out of the building. Officials nearby refused to confirm whether Malema was one of the passengers.

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 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 about regime change in Botswana.

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

  • Felix - 2012-01-24 07:54

    They didn't want to share the Johnny Blue with the reporters...

      Archie - 2012-01-24 08:09

      Maybee black label Limpopo is bankrupt

      rupick - 2012-01-24 08:38

      Or Kentucky

      Squeegee - 2012-01-24 08:38

      "Prisoner rights activist Golden Miles Bhudu stood on a nearby wall, holding up a placard in support of Malema." He was just out to welcome the new inmate - soon to be anyway!

      Janice - 2012-01-24 09:14

      Isnt this just absolutely amazing!!!!!

      Dave - 2012-01-24 16:56

      Practice run for the secrecy bill.

  • Andrew - 2012-01-24 07:55


      procold2 - 2012-01-24 08:32

      and clowns are the only act

  • jostheron - 2012-01-24 08:05

    new news please!

  • Archie - 2012-01-24 08:07

    Oscars for all these actors,the rest of us have to work for our daily bread.Now the gov, can feel what its like trying to dismiss a union member.Julius and Cassel should rather be charged with corruption in Limpoopoo and if found guilty (us a DA forensic investigator)these theatrical shows at Lootfreely house will stop

  • Max - 2012-01-24 08:09

    This whole thing is a farce, he is going to come out of this even more militant then before.

  • Twolips - 2012-01-24 08:12

    What's the bet Julius will come out of this debacle smelling of roses! Why else the secrecy?

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-01-24 08:19

    They are so in love with playing, eating, dreaming and fantasising about politics. Would be so nice to hear about them WORKING to produce something tangible - like JOBS for our people.

      Maitseo - 2012-01-24 08:55

      when a man is given power, self-interest and greed takes the lead....totally blinding him from his initial plans

  • simo.blose - 2012-01-24 08:43

    After this stunt they will spend our(tax payers) money renaming roads.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-24 08:45

    I'm not interested about how Anc conduct it's internal affairs. However, my gripe about the story is continued misuse of state resources by the ruling party. You wonder what is police business with Anc internal disciplinary inquiry and when there is no threat of public disruption within the area and the organisation has its own security to look after its own affairs? It's about time that the Anc must know that police and similar departments are state resources solely at the disposal of the general public. As it is, there is shortage of resources to combat crime in our townships yet they are used to escort Anc officials and civil servants not on official duties.

  • Maitseo - 2012-01-24 08:53

    why would the case of a political leader go private? it affects the country wether they overturn his suspension or not. A lot of people had said his "discipline" from the ANC was a front because he had gone too far,poked people in the wrong places. The case being handled privately i must say.... fumes those allegations.

  • chemwela - 2012-01-24 09:06

    i like cde Ramaphosa's style and strong, cool man..............

  • Santapola - 2012-01-24 09:10

    I like the way you dream and gron. It shows how u love your future president...well for now u can dream but just know that we behind him...Malema my future, my president.

      Jacqui - 2012-01-24 11:15

      Santapola, Always behind him, never by his side.The rightful place for the non-thinkers.

  • Geraldv - 2012-01-24 09:27

    At noon on Monday, a police convoy escorted several vehicles out of the building. They went to the pub for a Johnny & Coke and took a shower afterwards just incase.

  • Jacqui - 2012-01-24 11:12

    Maybe they think we care.

  • Phillip - 2012-01-24 15:38

    Mr Ramaphosa do the right thing please do not allow Zuma,Mantashe to tell you what you must do.Malema is our future President nomatter what happened at the appeal.there's no case here is only Zuma who want the second term.Zuma said thar he is going to serve one term but now H echanged the tune.

  • Yandicer - 2012-03-13 08:18

    rise malema rise. almost 90% of the youth lyks malema, he let us knw wat we want 2 knw. ppl hv no fear malema told u that when some1 says u look lyk a criminal it dznt mean dat u going 2 pull out a gun nd shoot sum1. if u say he is racist y dznt he shoot whites as they did bck there

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