Malema: Cosatu respects ANC decision

2012-04-25 11:01

Johannesburg - The Congress of SA Trade Unions accepts the expulsion of ANCYL president Julius Malema from its alliance partner the ANC, spokesperson Patrick Craven said on Wednesday.

"As we have said before ... we accept and respect the decisions of the ANC disciplinary procedures and we feel it would not be right to comment," said Craven when asked for Cosatu's response on the announcement on Tuesday night of Malema's expulsion.

"Each component of the alliance has its own rules and procedures and we respect those and we would not like to comment on them."

Cosatu, the ANC and the SA Communist Party traditionally support each other on core development issues and usually form a united front ahead of elections.

'Not our business'

Cosatu has previously said "it's not our business" when asked to comment on Malema's troubles with the ANC.

They did however come out last year and say that finding him guilty of hate speech for singing "dubhula ibhunu" (shoot the boer) was a gross insult to the country's past, when the Equality Court in Johannesburg ruled against him.

They have also issued a statement condemning the behaviour of people who burnt ANC T-shirts and rioted in downtown Johannesburg when Malema's disciplinary hearing first began last year.

Malema has often vocalised many of Cosatu's points on protecting the poor, and recently joined Cosatu's massive protest in Johannesburg against e-tolling.

On Tuesday the party's national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA) expelled Malema and suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu's membership for three years.

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

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.

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-25 11:06

    Cosatu, and what say did you have anyway?

  • David - 2012-04-25 11:09

    They respect the decision - Wow like they have say in the matter. Well at least they are fighting the toll issue, that is still going to get nasty.

      rbphiri - 2012-04-25 11:21

      It's best that Cosatu stick to relevant issues at hand, we got rid of the political cholesterol which riddled the heart of SA with constant pain. Now we need to focus on getting rid of this constipation collectively known as E-toll, we need to offload this *sh in order to be free of any financial cr@p.

  • Martin - 2012-04-25 11:13

    Cosatu rules the masses.They have all the say.Like it or not its a fact!!!

      Zambezi - 2012-04-25 11:58

      Ya ..... and its a MAMphiri!

      Smile - 2012-04-25 12:02

      @Martin/ How do you say cosatu in newspeak?

  • Piet - 2012-04-25 11:29

    And the paw-paw hits the fan....

      Marion - 2012-04-25 11:42

      ... and it won't be evenly distributed.

  • James - 2012-04-25 11:43


      Gladstone - 2012-04-25 12:30

      Speaking of parasites, the reason was only Malema for them not to invest, or he was the scapegoat. You'll se what they'll say now.

  • Phumi - 2012-04-25 11:46

    After the dust has settled and the enemy defeated it will be the silence of those we called our freinds that we will remember during these difficult times!

      Smile - 2012-04-25 12:04

      What ever, good riddence to you and your Malema, leave News24, Leave South Africa, Leave the civilised world :)

  • Rudi - 2012-04-25 11:52

    Please! Is there nobody on this forum that recoqnises the absence of comic relief this is going to create! Who will fill the void?! Who can stand in the shoes of Juju now that he has to relinquish the throne?! This guy is the best comedian in SA and you want him out! Who is going to make us laugh now?!

      Gladstone - 2012-04-25 12:23

      You guys were laughing the 'comics' you say he was making. Rudi it is a fact that we the black majority are Starving. To you it's joke and you're gonna miss laughin' at.

      Rudi - 2012-04-25 14:19

      @Gladstone - There you go pulling race into it again. I all else fails, pull the race card. So boring... Yawn... when you wake up and smell the coffe you will realise that if his policies were implemented everyone, including the blacks, would be starving even more. But what can you ecpect from a Juju supporter... you don't think further than the length of you nose. Blame your government for your starvation. Stop using airtime to sit on the internet and go buy a bread. But please, next time have something constructive to say.

  • damonsb - 2012-04-25 12:03

    Suspended ...again...What happened to...YOUR FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vusi - 2012-04-25 12:23

    Sganga, where are you? SGANGA, please has anyone seen SGANGA?

      Vusi - 2012-04-25 12:28

      Or is it Sganja. Come out you piece of $@@t!

      Balan - 2012-04-25 16:21

      Sganja is hiding his head in shame

  • Gladstone - 2012-04-25 12:40

    It is a fact that we are still hungry, and depending on this white minority. Malema if only he can get out of this ANC and countinue fighting for us.

      Phillie - 2012-04-25 14:00

      .....and you will be dependent forever because you gladstone are one of those that just have rights and no responsibilities and just want what is not yours without working for it. You have a overgrown sense of entitlement

      Sthere - 2012-04-27 07:44

      DisciplinE Procedure He broke constitution RulE

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-25 13:42

    \...and we feel it would not be right to comment\ lol we know Cosatu is a divided house esp over the malema issue. There are those like Vavi, who supported for narrow selfish agendas, now vavi is left with an egg all over his let's see what happens during Cosatu's upcoming elective conference. Expect a lot rhetoric from him; fruitless marches, strikes etc. Anyways Cosatu contributes to low employment levels because of their inflexible labor policy stance

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-25 14:06

    Cosatu must know that their minimum wage policy is anti-employment, like right now I want to hire a person, who will take my laundry to town once a month. I can only pay R500, now because of the minimum wage nonsense, this employment opportunity is up in smoke. After six months the employers are forced to register their workers permanently, regardless! Cosatu only cares about those people who are already employed to the detriment of the unemployed, just because they get a guaranteed monthly premium

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  • Tiyisela - 2012-04-25 15:35

    i reckon is a good decision by the rulling movement

  • DanielEwens1 - 2012-04-25 18:48

    Julius Malema is an honest and just politician, who the ANC have not been able to corrupt. The ANCYL must hold their nerve, and reject this dictator Zuma's decision, or they will find next it will be them who are gone! They need to support Malema now, remember the saying from the Holocaust? First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me. Martin Niemöller's words are just as valid for the ANC. The ANC are the face of Apartheid, they support the structures of oppression, and support the continued disenfranchisement of the black population. They support the fact 87% of blacks still live on 15 % of the land, and whites own 80% of the wealth, 94% of mines, and 96% of banks. They support the fact the gap between white and black is even greater than under apartheid. They support the banning of Anti Apartheid struggle songs. Jacob Zuma is the puppet of the New World Order in South Africa, and only seeks to support vested interests and big business. Jacob Zuma does not care about the nearly 1 million poor whites and the tens of millions of poor blacks who still live in rat infected crime ridden slums! He has no intention of pulling down the slums, sharing the wealth of the land!

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