No-one bigger than organisation - ANC

2012-04-04 20:31

Johannesburg - No ANC member is bigger than the organisation's constitution, the party said on Wednesday in welcoming Julius Malema's latest suspension.

"We welcome and respect the decision as we do with all decisions arrived at by constitutional structures of the ANC," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

The African National Congress's national disciplinary committee (NDC) announced on Wednesday that it had temporarily suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema from the party, to investigate charges relating to comments he made on Friday.

Mthembu said: "The decision of the NDC derives from the constitution of the ANC, section 25.12 (c), which empowers the NDC and the national working committee under extraordinary circumstances, to temporarily suspend any member of the ANC with a view to investigate possible charges."

Malema's ANC membership was suspended with immediate effect.

Malema on Friday called President Jacob Zuma a dictator and accused him of suppressing the ANCYL.

NDC chairperson Derek Hanekom said in a statement: "After due consideration, the NDC was satisfied that this utterance constitutes a very serious violation of the ANC constitution and that the institution of disciplinary action... as outlined in the ANC constitution is warranted."

"[The NDC] concluded that such utterance could bring the ANC into disrepute."

Malema was informed on Wednesday morning of his immediate temporary suspension and that disciplinary proceedings would be instituted against him.

Consequently Malema would not be allowed to exercise his duties as an ANC member; as president of the ANCYL or member of the Limpopo ANC's provincial executive committee, said Hanekom.

"He will not attend any meeting of the ANC or any of its structures, including the leagues, except for the purpose of the NDCA [national disciplinary committee of appeal] hearing and the pending disciplinary proceedings to be instituted against him."

Malema would also not be allowed to address any ANC or ANCYL meeting.

"He will not make any public statement on any matter pertaining to the ANC," said Hanekom.

Malema is appealing his expulsion from the ANC for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute.

The appeal hearing is scheduled to take place on April 12.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-04 20:37

    Can he appeal against this too?

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-04 20:47


      lawrence.smally - 2012-04-04 20:49

      This is not even the last chance. Juju will back.

      Nigel - 2012-04-04 21:17

      i hear you...hectic!

      Thabang - 2012-04-04 22:22

      malema is now a free man,no more calling him out of order,he can freely form the masakhane youth movement he onced joked about.

      grant.hide - 2012-04-05 05:57

      Good one! :D The people of South Africa is way bigger than any Organisation, something i think they forget.

  • Jacob - 2012-04-04 20:47

    And Don't you guys ever forget this! This is a Warning to all

      Sboniswa - 2012-04-04 23:08

      a warning? stop making fatty boom boom the invicible no one is scared of him infact we do not care, except his supporters the scavenging hyenas

  • Mandla Innersoul Ramolahloane - 2012-04-04 20:49

    When capitalists are running ANC 2 its death nothing is not done,when Juju speak truth publicly cowards who are being remote are harshing 2 show him the door,this war that is taking place within ANC will end when new leadership is elected at mangaung.

      Bongani - 2012-04-04 20:58

      dream on mandla, cde malema must go and form his own party if he isn't happy with anc. Finish n klaar

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-04 20:59

      Last time I looked, Malema was living a capitalist lifestyle. Breitling watches, Range Rovers, Gucci suits and 20 million rand homes are all the trappings of a capitalist. I don't see him sharing his wealth with his followers!

      Crracker - 2012-04-04 21:31

      @ FerretGee Absolutely! Who is bluffing who in all this? The forfeiture asset unit may just start kicking into operation sooner than expected. Will they also take away expensive watches? Let's see.

      Blip - 2012-04-05 03:05

      Please write in English.

  • maongera - 2012-04-04 20:51

    What a show of lack of intelligence by the ANC why suspend someone for what they say the most obvious thing to do will be to engage the person and let them explain why and how they come to such conclusion

      Nigel - 2012-04-04 21:04

      now that was not an intelligent comment by you...seems to go in circles then?

      Godfrey - 2012-04-04 21:38

      Could it be that they know the truth and are afraid to face it?

      hloniphilemadela - 2012-04-05 08:11

      Maongera: I get where u're coming from but Juju is beyond that.His doing all this to cause disruption in the party.What conclusion has he reached that is constructive...his rude and now he supports Kgalema plsss he jumps around too often for me to take him serious now.

  • PieterWolf Lombard - 2012-04-04 20:52

    Best news in a long time..

  • Tendy Nedombs - 2012-04-04 20:52

    Julius is not bigger than ANC but have got a big head in ANC.

  • Bongani - 2012-04-04 20:54

    Malema yadda yadda blah blah. When will this end? Terminate his membership finish n klaar.

  • Kolobe - 2012-04-04 20:56

    he will speak from churches, courts etc plus media is now more ready than ever to publish every single word he spits

      Crracker - 2012-04-04 21:33

      He will also speak from behind bars. He took on the wrong people.

  • tobydt - 2012-04-04 21:00

    Who cares? Wheres the criminal charges? And then Jacobs criminal charges? Luthuli house needs to burn before South Africa realises what democracy truly means.

  • - 2012-04-04 21:02

    We appeal to Juju to check his suspensions as his growing chassis is becoming dangerous to the public vehicles.

      EricksonTL - 2012-04-04 23:00

      Lol! The tellytubby DOES look every inch the capitalist doesn't he? Not exactly a starving martyr at the very least!

  • Ngaka - 2012-04-04 21:04

    Zuma's in the business of silencing anyone standing on his, the judiciary and now Malema.This guy's a real dictator!!!We need put an end to this tendency.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-04-04 21:06

      And you think Malema wouldn't do the same? He's already used strong arm tactics to keep his own position during elections for YL leader. Pot, kettle!!!

      Ben - 2012-04-04 21:19

      Ngaka, you got that right, but who will do it. It will not be done unless the voters decide. Not Malema and nobody else in the A.N.C. Remember he is still the president of the A.N.C. as well.

      Bianca - 2012-04-04 21:30

      I remind you of the incident where the heads of the KZN ANCYL were forced to step down from their position by the National YL, just because KZN decided to back Zuma (since he is from KZN) instead of whatever Malema wanted. Of course the National YL tried to hush the whole thing up and gave some excuse as to why they did it. Please open your eyes - Malema silences people who are in his way, a massive hypocrite with no integrity who feeds ill-thought through promises (which he cannot follow through) to the masses. If you look at his statements he changes his belief system to follow whatever will get him the most support and personal gain at the time.

      Godfrey - 2012-04-04 21:49

      So true, pity the voters does not see how quickly SA is becoming 'another African state' where the freedom fighters becomes the oppressors.

      hloniphilemadela - 2012-04-05 08:15

      Zuma is sliding on thin ice now...he wants to ensure that he controls eveyrthing look at the secrecy bill.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-04 21:04

    What about a permanent suspension

      tobydt - 2012-04-04 21:12

      Nah, Jacob only needs Julius suspended for 5 years, then his potensial second term is over and he can retire.

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  • Michael - 2012-04-04 21:21

    It is useless to join the anc if they are going to deny u a freedom of speech

      Crracker - 2012-04-04 21:36

      You have a valid point there. But who cares as long as the results are to our collective South African benefit. That's reality.

  • Crracker - 2012-04-04 21:37

    Perhaps the ANC can go a bit further and assure us all that NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW! That would be the cherry on top.

      grant.hide - 2012-04-05 06:04

      There would be no heads of state then. Problem solved, so it looks like they will have special rights indefinitely. They can destroy a mansion to build a new one in it's place, but you can't. Now that's a promise they could actually keep.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-04 21:38

    Article number 4 today about ugly fat face malema's suspension. I expect another 5 articles 2moro and on and on.

  • Scouter - 2012-04-04 21:56

    It seems to me that Malema, realising his future in the ANC was becoming increasingly bleak and with the prospect of criminal investigation hanging over his head, has for sometime now been trying to establish himself as a martyr for the cause of 'free speech and open criticism' in the party. Last ditch desperate effort to claw back some kind of support and credibility in the eyes of the masses. Might possibly explain his bizarre behaviour(even by his standards) over the past several months.

  • Sboniswa - 2012-04-04 22:03

    we are tired of the hippo now

  • Raj - 2012-04-04 22:05

    Was Malema's UTTERANCE against the ANC the only thing that brought the ANC into disrepute?

  • mac.lesibana - 2012-04-04 22:09

    Anc ke mokgahlo wa batho esego wa motho o tee/digongoana.Malema o tla khutsa.

      Colin - 2012-04-04 23:00

      Kwenda na kuzika kichwa chako kwenye mchanga mdogo wenzake - kwamba ni nini zaidi ya wapiga kura katika nchi hii ni kufanya hivi sasa.

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-04-04 22:14

    It doesn't rain it pours in the Anc. The battle is not over from here the court is next stop. The current leadership is to blame as they allowed malema when he was calling people names especially those who were aligned to former president Mbeki. They way you get to top is the way you will come down.

  • presley.makhethakhetha - 2012-04-04 22:25

    malema is a great with full confident to deal with any problem comes his way. He always speaks his mind under tension and never run away from truth. ANC leaders are cowards and afraid of court againgst whites.

  • mochabelamochabela - 2012-04-04 22:27

    Still can't understand why I voted for Zuma. First was him sleeping with his daughter's friend who visited them,2nd corruption charges,marrying three wives at a go,impregnating his friend(Khosa)'s daughter. All these warranted expulsion,but guess who backed him YL. In africa we must learn to elect credible leaders not the ones who thinks of sex all the time. If it were in America Zuma doesn't even qualify to be a ward councillor, in SA a prez. PHEW ALAS.

      Themba - 2012-04-04 22:37

      You are confused. Do you know the ANC constitution? Does ANC constitution prohibit any of those acts? The answer is NO!

      Sboniswa - 2012-04-04 22:58

      @Moche...(whatever) stop defending the HIPPO he thinks this is banana republic, he must go and vomits the trash that he can't stop somewhere, don't tell us the history we are not interested in, with you leader who failed woodwork in matric and beret on that fat face, HE MUST GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN HOW TO RESPECT (also he must look out for his father)...VOETSEK

  • presley.makhethakhetha - 2012-04-04 22:35

    i wonder who' going take south afrika through red sea. where is afro forum now, they are jolly now though malema stil says this bombastic word they dont understand. Malema is strong coming president. Love you our country president.

  • presley.makhethakhetha - 2012-04-04 22:35

    i wonder who' going take south afrika through red sea. where is afro forum now, they are jolly now though malema stil says this bombastic word they dont understand. Malema is strong coming president. Love you our country president.

  • presley.makhethakhetha - 2012-04-04 22:36

    i wonder who' going take south afrika through red sea. where is afro forum now, they are jolly now though malema stil says this bombastic word they dont understand. Malema is strong coming president. Love you our country president.

  • Blip - 2012-04-05 03:04

    If only they'd accept the exact same principle as applied to the South African Constitution...

  • Deon - 2012-04-05 03:49

    Happy that Zuma is taking a stand, which other political party could do better, DA ? No dnt think so .

      Adam - 2012-04-05 04:25

      Deon, any d@@s could do better, but only the DA will do it properly.

      Gregory - 2012-04-05 05:35

      Such a big organization feeling threatened by a chubby kid.\r\nIt's laughable.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-05 05:17

    A big pathetic corrupt disorganization .

  • Lisa - 2012-04-05 06:44

    Goodbye dear \Joolius\! I have so enjoyed keeping track of your massive political blunders this last while! Whatever shall I do now? Wait... I know...laugh my ass off!

  • Bertus - 2012-04-05 07:38

    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. Isn't that how you started to run this country anyway, ANC?

  • Sean - 2012-04-05 09:37

    I think that maybe Julius should be allowed to change the ANC's constiitution if he thinks there are parts of it that do not suit his agenda. After all, are'nt Constitutions living documents that need to be changed to suit the current political and social climate. JZ seems to think so with regards to the National Constitution.

  • Mark - 2012-04-05 13:06

    really Mthembu? Do you believe what you say or you're just doing your job? I, for one, know someone who is bigger than anc. His name is SHOWERHEAD

  • Keith - 2012-04-07 10:32

    Nothing is bigger than the ANC organisation. South Africa itself pales into insignificance beside the ANC. We should all get down on our knees to pay homage to such a great organisation. Unlike South Africa, the ANC has a glorious tradition and it is only right that South Africa should be subservient to it.

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