Suspended ANCYL leaders 'misread' constitution - NDCA

2012-02-04 22:48

Johannesburg - Suspended ANC Youth League leaders had "misread" a provision of the ruling party's constitution, the National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA) said on Saturday.

NDCA chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa said: "The NDCA examined this argument carefully and is of the view that the appellants argument is based on a misreading of a provision in our ANC constitution."  

He was referring to an argument by ANC Youth league leader Julius Malema and his executive that the national officials of the ANC did not have the power to institute disciplinary proceedings against them in terms of the ANC constitution.

Ramaphosa was delivering the outcome of an appeal against the suspensions of the youth league's leadership at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

Malema and his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu were suspended with immediate effect and stripped of their titles.

However, the embattled leadership was granted leave to argue in mitigation of their suspensions.

The NDC last year found Malema guilty of provoking serious divisions in the league's parent body, the ANC, and bringing that organisation into disrepute.

Malema had said the league would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change.

The others who were suspended were deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Meanwhile ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the ANC welcomed and respected the NDCA announcement.

He said the NDCA process and outcome was again an example that the ANC was a firm, just and transparent organisation in dealing with matters before it - particularly matters of discipline.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2012-02-04 22:58

    My children will read about them in the history books

      Whitty - 2012-02-04 23:02

      Unfortunately history includes even the useless sheroes.

      Elton - 2012-02-05 07:42

      Alongside Idi Amin, Adlof Hitler, PW Botha, Verwoerd, Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe...

      Sean - 2012-02-05 14:53

      I doubt fatboy will be in any history book ! He is nothing , but a criminal !

  • Sally Lewitt - 2012-02-04 23:09

    "Misreading" can prove to be a dangerous past time in ANY situation,from politician "misreading" the constitution, to a Doctor "misreading" a diagnosis, to a pharmacist "misreading" a prescription.. Some may say "life threatening, or am I "misreading" Juju or "missing" this rocking boat entirely?? Just "miswondering..

  • Francois - 2012-02-04 23:13

    "the ANC was a firm, just and transparent organisation" and very sloooow!

  • johang.maritz - 2012-02-04 23:35


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  • Chien-Teng - 2012-02-04 23:42

    Jackson Mthembu said "he ANC was a firm, just and transparent organisation in dealing with matters before it - particularly matters of discipline"... and might I add, only in matters of selective discipline... The ANC is never transparent in dealing with corrupt law enforcement officials, corrupt public office bearers and all the other functions and arms of the ANC. I know you can argue the police works for the state and not the ANC party but I tend to see the police working for the ANC and the ANC alone. I dislike Malema and his cronies and how they always played the race card instead of motivating young South Africans to better themselves and to ready themselves to take over governing the country one day. Instead, the occupancy of ANCYL by these so-called young lions was marred by colossally retarded pronouncement, corruption allegations and charges and playing sympathy cards. The list of my dislike for them goes one, however, having said that, the ANC itself is the biggest retard of all. They can stomach criticism, they allowed the ANCYL to go rogue and then hack them off at the knees. Whatever happened to open and constructive debate? Whatever happened taking in advice and suggestions? A ministers with or without portfolio are just a bunch of ignorant retards trying to run their departments without knowing the ass end of things. The ANC is just going things backward and they expect the ANCYL not to imitate their elders?

  • sean - 2012-02-04 23:48

    Let me get this right: What is the ANC constitution exactly anyway? Misreading and misunderstanding something are completely different scenarios from trying to pervert the course of justice. And honestly that's what fat boy Malema and his youth league cadres were trying to do! Fat boy Malema is out to look for loopholes within this "ANC constitution" whatever you want to call it,and to slyly work his way back into political office via the backdoor,but it ain't working for the fool. It's called the backfire effect. The ANC soap opera continues and the "actors in this play" claims they've misread their lines and got horribly wrong. The self proclaimed & appointed spokesman for the poor distorted and outrages leftwing credentials can't save his fat **** right now. All this time he,Malema,had only been interested in enriching himself using the poor and unemployed as cover for his underhanded,troubling & disruptive agenda in our country. Get over it fat boy, "Julius Malema show" has been taken off the air for the next 5 years at least and thank goodness for that. For someone who embodies and articulates the confusions and contradictions of the African continent,he has become to loud and needs to be shut down completely

  • Neil - 2012-02-05 00:14

    more like " cant read "

  • Harold - 2012-02-05 05:45

    Yes and when the current ANCYL cadres get to power they will misread the constitution and institute nationalisation and restrict the press and imprison the opposition and say it is correct and the rest of us are wrong. There is no more dangerous a fool than the fool who does not know he is a fool.

  • GregAddo - 2012-02-05 06:35

    They can read????

  • MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-02-05 08:53

    Lack of understanding accompanied with egotism of Malema [thinking he owns the whole country with its citizens] leads to such tongue-tied outcome. How can he lead and represent successfully our children if he fails to understand a simple line of the constitution. However, if he was not rebellious and arrogant he might have just also employ common sense to obtain a best positive interpretation :- •ANCYL being a child of ANC is definitely obliged to listen to the parent body. •Would look at ANC as parent then understand the role of a parent within a family, enforcement of discipline where necessary [this needs no book as its a cultural norm]. •Might have avoided acts of harassing leaders of ANC using press and media thereby giving a negative picture within his so called 'own party'. •Understand the role Madiba played for the benefit of all South Africans. Never compare brainless actions with Madiba who remains parent for all nations, peace advocate, non-selfish, worldwide figure and a humbled intelligent educated man. •Might have thought that his actions and omissions were seen as authorised by the country [in this case a leading party]. •Might have set on internal discussions with my parents irrespectively. Malema's word might had been final in ANCYL, no discussions, no arguments only dictatorship. I just fail to understand why the youth cannot also consider a knowledgeable candidate for their leadership, youth is our tomorrow.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-02-05 12:07

    It's hard at the top Malema...politics is not for the stupid...step out of line just once, or enrich yourself while the poor are suffering...and YOU ARE OUT!!!!! GONE. You might have made it if you had lived an average lifestyle, and if you had taken your own personal cash and built a wing for a local hospital, or put 100 young teens through matric or college.... this would have had such a different ending....SORRY MY IS ABOUT CHOICES.

  • Frank - 2012-02-05 12:41

    It would appear that they have been misreading all the rules from day one.Forty years in the wilderness for those thieves.

  • Zion - 2012-02-05 13:11

    Hey diddle diddle Juliarse played the fiddle And Winnie jumped over the moon The white boys laughed to see such sport While some fool ran away with the spoon

  • Zion - 2012-02-05 13:17

    Hey diddle diddle Juliarse played the fiddle And Winnie jumped over the moon The white boys laughed to see such sport While some fool ran away with the spoon

  • mashavha - 2012-02-05 13:29

    Can he read?

      MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-02-06 07:33

      good question, I just doubt his ability now.

  • Craig - 2012-02-05 15:04

    If they cant read, why are they in politics in the 21st century???

  • Darryl - 2012-02-05 15:14

    Fat boy cant read.

  • Terry - 2012-02-05 15:42

    "misread" - that would imply that they are capable of reading! I suspect that is where the problem lies with Mr "failed woodwork"!

  • sue.da.nim - 2012-02-05 15:58

    what a bunch of stupid c*unts!!! they think they can run the country but they cant even run across a road!!!

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