Motlanthe to attend lekgotla


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will address the ANC Youth League's lekgotla on Friday, his spokesman said.

"They do attend from time to time to discuss political issues," Thabo Masebe said on Thursday of Motlanthe and other leaders expected at the lekgotla.

Motlanthe, who is deputy president of both the country and the African National Congress, would not discuss the disciplinary matters that have placed the league's leadership in limbo, he said.

The lekgotla will be held after the ANCYL's national executive committee meeting. It will run until Sunday and media will be briefed on its outcomes on Monday.

The ANCYL plans to discuss organisational and political developments and its progress since the last ordinary NEC meeting in July 2011.

Its president Julius Malema will open the lekgotla on Friday.

It is expected to be attended by the ANCYL's top-five officials in all provinces and three leaders per region.

The ANC's disciplinary committee of appeals said on Saturday it had dismissed appeals by Malema, his spokesman Floyd Shivambu, and four other ANCYL officials to overturn their suspensions.

The four others are deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

However, their suspensions are on hold while they prepare arguments in mitigation of the

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