Respect Malema decision, says ANC

2012-03-01 09:00

Johannesburg - The ANC welcomes and respects the findings of its national disciplinary committee against its youth league leaders, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

"We call on our members and those of our leagues to respect this decision," spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.

The party's national disciplinary committee (NDC) expelled youth league president Julius Malema from the ANC and the league. Malema could appeal to the NDC of appeals against this sanction within 14 days.

He was found guilty of portraying the ANC government and its leadership under President Jacob Zuma in a negative light, and for making statements on bringing about regime change in Botswana, at an ANC Youth League press conference on July 31, 2011.


"In the view of the NDC, comrade Malema's misconduct of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division within its ranks is very serious.

"The ANC constitution demands that discipline be enforced without exception. The cumulative effect of comrade Malema's past and present offences, coupled with his own evidence of lack of remorse and disrespect for the ANC constitution and its structures, particularly the NDCA, has left no room for the NDC to consider his misconduct as anything but extremely serious."

The ANC believed Malema was not prepared to accept the findings of the disciplinary process.

"With regard to comrade Malema's plea not to have his membership taken away, the NDC believes that any period of suspension imposed as a sanction would not, as the complainant's representative submitted, achieve the purpose of rehabilitating the comrade," the NDC said.

ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa's membership was suspended for three years. Magaqa accused Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, who is also an ANC national executive committee member, of "pleasing imperialists" when he said the nationalisation debate was hurting foreign investment in South Africa.

This sanction was suspended for three years, but would come into effect if he didn't apologise to Gigaba.

League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu's membership was suspended for three years. He was found guilty of swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement on bringing about regime change in Botswana.

"This sanction is applicable to cde Shivambu's membership of the ANC Youth League. Consequently, he shall vacate his position as a member of the national executive committee of the ANC Youth League."

He could appeal this sanction within 14 days.

  • Erna - 2012-03-01 09:07

    I am going to appeal against Malema's appeal.... how long is this going to go on?

      Ja - 2012-03-01 10:14

      Yup .. Malema is a peel ..

      PB - 2012-03-01 10:20

      Is this now "last of last..." ?

  • Gichumz - 2012-03-01 09:15

    Here it starts again

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-03-01 09:22

    Dear President- Even though you have lost, in the years you 've been in the office you have achieve a lot. I have just seen a picture of your gran house, I must say I am jeolous, as in 18 years I have been working I have not built even my mother such a niece house. Can you find it in your heart to share a recipe of this success with other South African. I heard also your are building a niece house in Sandton, kanti where do you get all the money while we are struggling even to find job? Could you advise that we should run for your office?

      richard.mullin - 2012-03-01 09:25

      And people say satire is dead - funny stuff

      Moss - 2012-03-01 09:51

      Join politics, sing mshini wam and declare the poor are in your thoughts all the time!!

      Peter - 2012-03-01 10:05

      I laaik, niece piece!

      De - 2012-03-01 10:53

      yes a house of 1,6 mil euro

      Vasa - 2012-03-01 11:06

      Brilliant stuff! Very well put comrade. We ask the same questions day and night. Where does political conspiracies and Mangaung come into this? Fact is Dear Leader is rich!!Finish and Klaar!

  • guyt1 - 2012-03-01 09:27

    Appeal an appeals appeal ..... wtf

  • David - 2012-03-01 09:28

    Will this appeal process ever end? He should accept the decision of the parent body and move on.

      Bogoshi - 2012-03-01 11:58

      Apparently the DA welcomed the ANC's decision, and they are ready to welcome him if he want to change his political home.

  • danny.kangausaru - 2012-03-01 09:29

    long live comrade.

  • Gedoemde - 2012-03-01 09:33


  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-01 09:51

    They must just go away now

  • Dennis - 2012-03-01 09:56

    JZ has spoken and the sheeple have done the deed !! Beware the child scorned !!

  • Mano-Lee - 2012-03-01 10:30

    @pb - No no no... you almost got it right. It will be the final final first as Alicia pointed out then the last of the last. Actually, there might be a last final... or a final last

  • damonfreemanza - 2012-03-01 10:36

    It's ok Julius. I'm not an ANC or youth league member either. It's fine.

  • samdanguru - 2012-03-01 10:52

    The decision of NDC has just pleased the ANC enemies, it's not over until it's over, Malema will come back & the enemy will be shame again. Viva Youth League

      Fanie - 2012-03-01 11:14

      It is not the youth league that is in trouble but the people running it. Get people who can do the job and bring something positive to the country and you may be surprised to see what it can do.

  • Fanie - 2012-03-01 11:07

    I want to congratulate the ANC for what they have done. Although I am not a ANC supporter I see that there is still hope for all people in this country of ours. I just hope The ANC keeps to its resolve.

      Mtizozo - 2012-03-01 12:06

      You are welcome to come a vote for it my man,, ANC needs your votes,,

  • Clive - 2012-03-01 12:19

    While I am not going to get too excited about Malema's expulsion - after all, it was a no-brainer once he turned against Zzzzuma, and thus largely political - I am very slightly encouraged by other recent events in government. The admission by the ministers in charge of public works and land reform that their respective departments are in a shambles is something new. And the instruction by the health minister that all state hospital CEOs must reapply for their jobs is a long-overdue admission - though no one will say it out loud - that cadre deployment has failed. We need other government ministers to rise to the occasion and take similar steps. It's perhaps too soon to say that there is perhaps a tiny sliver of light at the end of the ANC's dark tunnel, but just maybe ......? I won't be holding my breath, however, as there's only one thing on Zzzzuma's mind for the rest of the year: getting re-elected. So he's not going to tread on any toes by suddenly becoming a decisive and pro-active leader.

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