Malema mitigation hearings to continue

2012-02-16 08:04

Johannesburg - The mitigation hearing for ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and two other league members was expected to continue on Thursday.

Six hours were set aside on Monday to allow Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, and the league's secretary general Sindiso Magaqa an opportunity to argue in mitigation of their suspension from the ruling party.

The hearing continued late into the day and was adjourned for Thursday by the ANC national disciplinary committee (NDC).

Despite the hearing continuing, the ANCYL would hold a media briefing on the outcomes of its lekgotla last week, at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on Thursday morning.

Arguments in aggravation of sentencing

On Monday, NDC chairperson Derek Hanekom said the ruling party would also be allowed to argue in aggravation of sentencing.

Hanekom said the NDC wanted to correct "misleading" statements that the ANCYL leaders had been charged for calling for the nationalisation of mines, expropriation of land, and "economic freedom".

"At no stage were these issues a factor in the current cases. Any argument suggesting that the hearings at any stage had anything to do with these issues is devoid of any truth."

On February 4 the ANC's appeals committee announced that attempts by Malema, Shivambu, Magaqa and three other ANCYL officials to have the guilty verdicts against them overturned had been dismissed.

They were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party. This was after they made comments about regime change in Botswana, undermined Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba's authority, insulted a journalist, and compared President Jacob Zuma unfavourably to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki.

  • barrie.swart - 2012-02-16 08:20

    Whatever will we talk about once Juju is kicked out? He is a hit magnet if nothing else...

      Ben Nel - 2012-02-16 08:23

      @barrie. You forgot the "s" in front of "hit"

      Felix - 2012-02-16 08:23

      Maybe how our economy is improving?

      barrie.swart - 2012-02-16 08:51

      He's gonna have to start getting himself banned from Virgin Active to make headlines from here on in.... No danger of him being within 100m of a gym though, I'm sure?

      procold2 - 2012-02-16 09:03

      good one ben,

      Muzi - 2012-02-16 09:16

      Maybe Peter Mulder.... he seems to be the next Juju with his rubbish!!!

      Muzi - 2012-02-16 13:56

      Freedom Front needs a history lesson - DA 16-Feb-2012 | Sapa | 10 comments “If we can [improve the efficiency of the land reform process] there will be no need for anybody — whether it is Julius Malema or Pieter Mulder — to use the emotive issue of land to pander to their own narrow constituencies”

  • Moss - 2012-02-16 08:23

    Hands off our young Lion hands offff!!! just wait for the pathetic comments. funny thing is your statements are never factual

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-16 08:52

      eish jujuj you ma leeda teel dee end buba... no metta what dey say wena! have i phrased it right moziz is that what you where opting to wright? the typical ancyl suporter, turn a blind eye to the facts and follow him of the cliff. cant you see what is happening to our country and economy? no you cant your a jujuvite you still praise dictators like mugabe and facist goverments. truely pathetic.

      Felix - 2012-02-16 09:03

      I think you mean young bush pig. speed of sound at sea level = 340.29 m / s (seeing as you like facts so much)

      Graham - 2012-02-16 09:20

      Here a Fact,your are a retard! There is video evidence on the Times web site make racist comments and attacks on the judiciary and the then there spokesperson is on record saying he never. Are you ANC member capable of thinking for yourselves? I think you are lucky breathing is automatic!

      Nigel - 2012-02-16 09:42

      what a dunce

      J-Man - 2012-02-16 09:59

      Young lion? More like a FAT cat. And a retarded one at that.

      Moss - 2012-02-16 10:43

      Haha, you bloody agents must not come here with those tendencies

  • Polly - 2012-02-16 08:27

    Haven't found in the heart of NO. 1?Let you in here,stdster.,.c0mfind the one with you for life to love each other.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-16 08:34

      WTF are you trying to say?? Learn to speak/write!!!

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-16 08:55

      having tik/crack for breakfast was a bad idea...

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-02-16 08:59

      @Gerhard - That's what happens when you learn your english from a dimwit like Juju. It's not Polly's fault, that's the average IQ of the Youth league's support!

  • mark.p.vrdoljak - 2012-02-16 08:28

    Wonder what injustice "poor" old Julius is going to suffer today? Who's going to be blamed today? Or is he going to pull a to obese to appear at the hearing today or maybe he first going for a psychological examination due to the stress placed on him?

  • Mbulelo - 2012-02-16 08:32

    Get it over with already...

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-02-16 08:33

    just had to laugh... the ANC set aside 6 hours for the hearings on Monday... we are now in day 2... would it be wrong of me to say that this is soooo typical? no respect for deadlines, rules, sticking to a schedule... what more can Julius say in mitigation that has not been said before?

  • Peace - 2012-02-16 08:45

    isn`t he gone yet?

      Hugh - 2012-02-16 11:20

      like a turd that wont flush....I just love that.

  • Avuyile - 2012-02-16 08:47

    Yes white ppl we get it,u dnt like Julius...Give it a break already its gettin old #Yawns

      Bob - 2012-02-16 09:10

      Avuyile, it's not just us whites, it's people of colour and intelligent black people that don't like the racist corrupt pig.

      Archie - 2012-02-16 09:14

      We actually just dont like corrupt thieves and people that instigate farm murders.twit!

      Graham - 2012-02-16 09:26

      Blacks are the racists not whites! If you read the comments race is not mentioned, It’s the corruption hate speech that he spews and his general sense of entitlement that we have a problem with.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-16 08:48

    who cares... empty cans make the most noise...enough said

  • Phillip - 2012-02-16 08:50

    Hanekom is using his racist behaviuor to send Malema out of ANC We the poor people will not allow the narrow interest people to use their colour to expel our president.zuma impregnate khosa's daughter without condom no actions was taken against him.Mr Zuma your days are numbered in ANC Presidency.VIVA JUJU MAN VIVA

      appietrader - 2012-02-16 09:00

      When a white is involved, always racist, so ...who cares??? people with this bad attitude brain size less than a peanut.

      Elle-Black - 2012-02-16 09:19

      @ Phillip come on guy are you really accusing Hannekom of racism? I think you conviniently forgot that there were 3 of them on the panel and he was the only white person there and at the appeal? how many white people were there? It's people like you that devaluate the use of the race card,you only pull that out when its absolutely neccesary you dont just use it randomly

  • lindz.kok - 2012-02-16 08:57

    yip cant delay it forever... funny how it is sowing divition in our facist goverment he is getting the wrap for and not hate speech or coruption.

  • Andre - 2012-02-16 08:58

    This thug sickens everyone. Just lock him up and throw thw keys away. We are not interested in this low scumbag with a primitive peanut brain.

  • Paula - 2012-02-16 09:04

    Can Juju and his supporters please inhale some sleeping gas and be good lil citizens and go lekka slaapies FOREVER.Be a man Juju accept defeat and bow our gracefully you freakin imbecile...Hope this will now be the end or is just wishful hoping for myself and million other South Africans.

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-16 09:08

    This is like pulling teeth. Long, Painful, Unpleasant and not something one wants to do and experience often.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-16 09:36

    we demand economic freedom for all, so please punish this economic terrorist so that our economy can recover & the poor can get their jobs back that they lost for all the disinvestment that this idiot caused.

  • Scouter - 2012-02-16 09:45

    I do hope that the ANC are not in the process of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on this one. It would be about par for the course.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-16 10:19

    why is this still going on? He is guilty of every charge against him not even jail is good enough

      Scouter - 2012-02-16 12:36

      You might well ask! They are quite capable of screwing even this one up though - brace your self ....

  • Graham - 2012-02-16 10:20

    The biggest con job ever! Whites are racists. This is to all the black or coloured people: If hate whites you are a racist! If you hate another tibe you are a racist! If you hate any other race you are a racist Do you get it?

      Mike - 2012-02-16 11:07

      What the hell are you on about?

      Scouter - 2012-02-16 12:23

      Mike, I am glad I am not the only one who didn't quite get it.

      Scouter - 2012-02-16 12:30

      I can't speak for anybody else, but I am finding it increasingly wearisome trying to make sense of the literary skills that manifest on this site. A wonderful testament to the modern education system - I think not.

      Alfred - 2012-02-16 13:17

      I think Graham is trying to explain the concept of hypocrisy to Julius Malema and his minions.

  • diebaba.mmotla - 2012-02-16 12:47

    Phillip u are the last stupid on this planet, how can u defend someone who is wasting our tax, spending lot of money partying maybe u don't come from the north ask me and I will tell u, please go to hell and if is too hot please make me a fever and don't come back

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