Malema didn't defy suspension - Mantashe

2012-04-07 14:45

Johannesburg - Embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema did not defy the conditions of his suspension from the ANC when he addressed a church congregation, eNews channel reported on Saturday.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the news channel that Malema had every right to attend church.

Malema addressed a congregation at a Good Friday church service at the Last Move Ministries, in Butterworth, in the Eastern Cape.

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said Malema was there in his capacity as ANCYL president.


This was despite being barred from doing so as per the conditions of his temporary suspension from the ANC. However, he did not mention the ANC in his speech.

Malema was gagged and temporarily suspended by the ANC's national disciplinary committee (NDC) earlier this week, a move which forbids him exercising any duty as an ANC member, president of the ANCYL or member of the Limpopo provincial executive committee.

Malema's temporary suspension from the party followed comments he made about President Jacob Zuma at a centenary lecture at the University of the Witwatersrand last Friday.

In a statement on Thursday, Shivambu said: "In celebrating Easter Friday and commemorating the life of Solomon Mahlangu, president Julius Malema will visit the Twelve Apostles' Church in Christ in Butterworth."

Mahlangu was an Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier hanged by the apartheid government in 1979.

Malema attended two church services on Friday. He did not address congregants at the Twelve Apostles' Church in Christ.

  • Mark - 2012-04-07 14:51

    Gwede Mantashe, you've got about as much credibility left as Juju has because you lot are toothless, clueless and unable to curb the disintegration of your party which all are seeing happening. The ANC is going, going.......

      IAnon - 2012-04-07 15:29

      As I have commented before, Julius seems to know more about the ANC rules and regulations than it's leaders do.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-07 15:55

      Of course Malema defied the old men ANC. It was deliberate and he was giving the ANC old boys club the MIDDLE FINGER !!! And because you ANC clowns have NO b@lls, you now say that Malema didn't really do anything wrong, cause you DON'T have the courage to challenge him because he keeps showing the ANC club, whose boss. The ANC are a weak, spineless, toothless organisation. Like like a failing NGO who needs a Lotto bailout.

      Piet - 2012-04-07 19:47

      We will fight themon the beaches we will fight them on land, we will even fight them in church!!!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-07 14:56 are allowed to attend church-however I doubt wether blatantly stating he wont be silenced and talking politics is a religious experience! Manashe is once again putting out fires with a thimble full of water! Church my @ss! He will use anything as a platform to spew the rantings from his pickled brain!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-04-07 14:58

    Of course Mantashe would say that, otherwise someone in the ANCorruption might be pushed into making a decision regarding fatboy, something they appear to be avoiding at all costs. Toothless twits.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-04-07 15:01

    thats why they are called spin doctors...their stories make you nauseous.

  • farmfreund - 2012-04-07 15:03

    I dont know why everybody is so concerned about Malema, he has less folowers than the AWB.

      Klaus - 2012-04-07 15:43

      not to sure about this, "Youth Legue" boasts 350 000 members - AWB ?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-07 15:57

      Klaus, you trust their Maths? They count like they govern. They being the ANC.

      Grant - 2012-04-07 22:53

      Squeegee, I'm not sure about what following Malema has. He certainly pulls in the crowds wherever he goes but whether the majority are supporters or just people wanting a laugh, I don't know. What worries me is that his rhotoric may appeal to the ever number of poor that the ANC is creating in order to stay in power.

  • Adam - 2012-04-07 15:08

    The anc has once again shown how weak they are. They just dont know what to do with Julius who surely must have some serious damning evidence on them, or they would have shut him up. The anc wont rule for two more terms, before they will be ousted.

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-04-07 15:11

    I reckon the ANC will find him guilty of defying suspension, but then be allowed to appeal such for who knows how long...yawn

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-07 15:20

    Hahaha, The ANC Easter Show !!! If the ANC, will not loose half their support by the next election, than there is certainly somerthing wrong in our country !!!!!

      Sboniswa - 2012-04-07 15:34

      ha ha ha @Anthony, you right thou, but this show there is only one character that is annoying 'the fatty boom boom' thug

      Greg - 2012-04-07 15:52

      How can they loose that support the electorate is kept illiterate so that they do not get too clever and vote them out. Just look at how the education system is starting to fail, this is engineered to do so to keep people uneducated and ensure that the ruling party stays in power.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-07 17:29

      It is very sad, been always an ANC supporter, but they are loosing the plot !! If the ANC leadership carries on like this, there will only be one winner : Malema !!

  • jacob.chauke - 2012-04-07 15:27

    take it easy people he is still a human being, the guy might have had a big mouth about things in the anc but he is still have rights to go church, no question about that.

      Bobo - 2012-04-07 15:34

      How funny : The chocolate easter bunny whent to church to pray for his fallen easter eggs.

      Sboniswa - 2012-04-07 15:42

      ha ha ha @Bobo, that is so true,

  • Adam - 2012-04-07 16:14

    A.N.C. 1912 - 2012 R.I.P.

  • acsteyn - 2012-04-07 16:22

    Julius will be ousted from the ANC until it is proven that JZ is re-elected as President to teach the people that individual firebrands like Julius will not be tolerated to try and derail a pre-determined process like this. You see it is linked to the "Koni" syndrome. Survival of the fittist and I will use any means to fight this war.

  • vincent.makhubu1 - 2012-04-07 16:22

    MarkH, Your coment should make you happy untill the next elections. The next political party to take over from the ruling party is still to be

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-04-07 16:24

    This whole \suspension\ story is becoming a farce! I'm gatvol of this; enough already!!!!

  • smiso.gumede - 2012-04-07 17:11

    da comitte shold hv put JUJU on house arrest so he wuldnt attend easter prayers. i mean like da is matured enough 2 knw hs accusations and penalty if he defy da comitte.\r\nVIVA JUJU VIVA!! \r\nand happy easter Mr President of us as da youth.

      Irene - 2012-04-07 18:49

      'da' youth? Is that DA youth?

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-07 17:22

    I am so tired of Julius Malema, you turn on the tv he's there and he seems to have a supporter who writes for News24 because not a day goes by without a Julius Malema article on News24. I have some advice for Malema, Zuma, Mantashe and all the other ANC people, they should just get a huge room and shag each other.

  • Oom - 2012-04-07 17:35

    I wonder how the congregation possibly could have benefitted from this p/hol adressing them

  • Arnold - 2012-04-07 19:08

    These people are an embarrassment to the human race,inept and clueless.

  • Johnnie - 2012-04-07 19:34

    Hell Mr. Mantashe, if Malema did not defy the ANC, what did he do then - praise the ANC?. Seeing the posiotion you have in the ANC, surely you should know what DEFY means.

  • mmoledis - 2012-04-07 19:46

    Some times media can help and some times not as it can destroy someone's image and dignity. Malema did wrongs in his life but he need not be crucified by the media where ever he goes not to say this and say that, he is a South African too and had to enjoy all the rights every one is enjoying even right to freedom of speech and privacy. So comrade Mantashe was right to say that he never defied ANC at all, so media is painting him with another colour in front of the entire nation.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-08 11:38

      You should stop blaming the media. On the other hand soon you won't have to, your ANC government is going to shut their mouths with the Information Bill and you won't have anytihng to write about to News 24.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-07 21:02

    does news24 have a contract with malema? Every day, at least twice a day there's a malema article. Maybe we should stop commenting

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-07 22:50

    Mantashe...of coarse he is entitled to attend church... why even make an article on this....(very childish)'s when he spoke after church, that Malema defied his suspension... you know it's so obvious that of the "6" least 3 are with Malema. your back..there is plotting and behind the scenes planning going on...NO ONE IS TO BE TRUSTED.

  • molokor2 - 2012-04-08 07:43

    Now u r talking mr manthash

  • Rob - 2012-04-08 10:10

    What is this? He attended in his capacity as ancyl president...Shivambu He was suspended from exercising any duty as ancyl president He has every right to attend church...Mantashe It is very obvious that as far as these clowns are concerned words do not have any intrinsic meaning.....they can be shaped to mean anything. Actually, nothing much new in that, politicians have always done it....but the difference is that a veneer of credibility is usually established by even the outside possibiliyt of some consistency. Such contradictions as seen in these statements remove all credibility, let us hope that people's credulity is equaly challenged

      Jacqui - 2012-04-08 11:40

      This is what you get when people don't know it is time to keep quiet. What a lot of fools govern us. We are doomed.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-08 11:30

    This is getting funnier by the hour. Julius, you go, you have them in a twist, that's for sure. Manthashe have no credibility left. I wonder what next we will hear from him.

  • Sifiso - 2012-04-10 16:53

    iyo !, now i know better about politics , is this what we keep voting for ? Should we really vote for the ANC in the next elections, but if we don't who then cause the others are calling us refugees and others started their own parties just to satisfy their own egos. advice, what doe one do when things turn like this ?

  • Letjiela - 2012-04-13 00:46

    dis 70yrs old man is weak,he used ANC to suspend JUJU MALEMA,SINDISO MAGAQA AND FLOYD SHIVAMBU ooh shame poor boys GOD is great one day he will answer our prayers,a rapist will fall

  • Letjiela - 2012-04-13 01:35

    dis 70yrs old man is weak,he used ANC to suspend JUJU,FLOYD AND SINDISO dnt wary boys keep on praying,one day GOD will hear ur prayers and a rapist will fall

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-15 17:20

    Man I am astounded ; I've never seen such an inconsistent handling of a case in my nearby 100 years .The energy and time wasted on this case would be enough to have build a few thousand homes with enough people to spare to prevent would be culprits getting their hands into the cookie jar. They go in at an all time hi speed of about 20 kmh to do their "thing" only to get cold feet and back pedal away at a 200 kmh speed ( I like that tricycle) No wonder this youngster senses a gap(donga?)

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