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Malema kicked out for 5 yrs

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema had to “vacate his position”, the party's national disciplinary committee said on Thursday.

“The respondent shall vacate his position as the president of the ANC Youth League,” said chairman Derek Hanekom in Johannesburg.

Suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema. Photo: Chris Collingridge. Credit: INLSA

Malema was suspended for an effective five years.

“Malema damaged the standing of the ANC and South Africa's international reputation,” said Hanekom.

The ANC has kicked Youth League leader, Julius Malema, out of the party for five yearsafter finding him guilty of sowing division.

Julius Malema was found guilty of provoking divisions within the ruling party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute on Thursday.

His statements on Botswana were “reckless” , the party's national disciplinary committee chairman Derek Hanekom said.

This was after Malema said earlier this year the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change there.

Malema later apologised for the remarks, but they were widely believed to have caused serious diplomatic embarrassment for the ANC.

He was earlier on Thursday found guilty of interrupting a meeting of national ruling party officials that included President Jacob Zuma.

That guilty finding related to Malema, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi.

On that charge, the group was suspended from the ruling party for two years on Thursday. The sanction was suspended for three years.

Malema, who was busy writing exams in Limpopo on Thursday, had 14 days to appeal against the ruling.

He would remain on full pay until all the appeal processes were completed, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said. - Sapa

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