Quiet outside ANC's Luthuli House

2012-02-29 16:15

Johannesburg - The ANC's Luthuli House in Johannesburg was quiet on Wednesday ahead of a long-awaited announcement on the fate of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Three policemen were stationed outside the door, but the streets around the building remained open to traffic.

There was no sign of Malema supporters by 15:00.

Media were ordered not to stand near the building and directed to move across the road. Parked at the corner of Sauer Street was a police van and a Nyala police vehicle.

The African National Congress's national disciplinary committee was to release the outcome of a mitigation hearing for Malema and others by statement later in the afternoon.

The party's committee of appeal has upheld the conviction of Malema and five ANCYL officials for bringing the party into disrepute and sowing divisions.

Malema was suspended for five years. league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi were also suspended for periods ranging from 18 months to three years.

Their appeal against their convictions was dismissed, but they were granted leave to present evidence in mitigation.

The sentences were suspended pending the outcome of the hearing.

The ANC Youth League said on Wednesday afternoon it would not comment on the outcome of mitigation hearings.

"Members of the media and all South Africans are advised that the leadership will not take any media enquiry to respond to the outcomes of the ANC disciplinary process," said spokesman Floyd Shivambu in a brief statement.

The ANC's national disciplinary committee chairman Derek Hanekom said in the morning that the panel had applied its "collective mind" and would pronounce on the verdict in the late afternoon.

"Having said we will inform the public of our decision, we will be releasing a statement in the late afternoon today [Wednesday]... after informing all the parties involved and the organisation on the matter, as informed by our constitution," he said.

  • Marion - 2012-02-29 16:21

    I never knew that one could have convictions in a disciplinary hearing outcome...

  • Sam - 2012-02-29 16:30

    I still wonder what's gonna happen to news 24 once Malema is fired?

      Henri - 2012-02-29 16:33

      Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, 'Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?' He ignored us and continued writing the ticket. I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres. My wife then called him an anal moron. He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on for about 20 minutes as the more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote. Personally, we didn't care. We came into town by bus and the car had a Julius Malema supporter sticker on it. Now that we are retired we try to have a little fun each day; it's important at our age...

      John - 2012-02-29 17:50

      @Zoolie Nice Joke and old like the world. It's one of those "universal's" that can be used everywhere with cut and paste. Just to clearify that cop start writing first ticket becouse car had Julius Malema support sticker. In South Africa people that travel with bus don't rent cars. That's more North American style of avoiding long driving...and keep in mind that Seniour citizens there can aford to rent a car...for just shopping. South Africa sticker with Juju Face will allow you to stop everywhere, free parking upfront of Botswana Embassy, free Carwash at SARS, Tire polishing in Syndicates Buildings, Popcorns and Movies in ANC.........where are those stickers? We all want stickers like that, becouse we don't have a cops like "them"

  • Den - 2012-02-29 16:35

    thats strange, as non of his supporters have jobs, where could they be??

      Brett Bruce - 2012-02-29 17:02

      At the nearest shebeen

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