ANCYL mitigation hearing adjourned

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malema feb 13 INLSA ANC Youth League President Julius Malema. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

A mitigation hearing for ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and two other league members was adjourned on Monday afternoon, the ANC said.

“We can say that the hearing has been adjourned, but we cannot confirm whether it will continue tomorrow,” said African National Congress spokesman Keith Khoza.

Six hours were set aside on Monday to allow Malema, his spokesman Floyd Shivambu, and the league's secretary general Sindiso Magaqa an opportunity to argue in mitigation of their suspension from the ruling party.

Khoza said he could not provide details on the applications brought by ANCYL leadership during the hearing.

Earlier in the day, ANC national disciplinary committee chairman Derek Hanekom said the ruling party would also be allowed to argue its case during the hearing.

“The sitting will also receive arguments for aggravating circumstances from the ANC as per the decision of the NDCA (national disciplinary committee of appeals) ... the ANC's aggravating argument will also be allocated two hours in total,” he said in a statement.

On Sunday, during a closed session of the ANCYL's lekgotla, Malema told delegates he had received a letter from the committee only on Saturday informing him, Shivambu, and Magaqa, that they had to be at the mitigation proceedings.

Hanekom denied this, saying the NDC and the youth league met on Wednesday, February 08, in a pre-hearing conference and agreed on the date for the mitigation and aggravating arguments.

“Secondly, we want to place on record that formal letters were sent to each individual on Thursday, February 09 to confirm the sitting,” Hanekom said.

He said the NDC wanted to correct “misleading” statements that the ANCYL leaders were charged for calling for the nationalisation of mines, expropriation of land, and “economic freedom”.

“At no stage were these issues a factor in the current cases. Any argument suggesting that the hearings at any stage had anything to do with these issues is devoid of any truth.”

Last Saturday, the ANC's appeals committee announced that attempts by Malema, Shivambu, Magaqa, and three other ANCYL officials to have the guilty verdicts against them overturned were dismissed.

They were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party.

This was after they made comments about regime change in Botswana, undermined Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba's authority, insulted a journalist, and compared President Jacob Zuma unfavourably to his predecessor Thabo Mbeki. - Sapa



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louis, wrote

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07:43pm on 13 February 2012
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Joel take a hike Malema will give nothing away to anybody he is a user and is on his shelfish way to destroy the ANC. Has anybody got balls in the ANC or they are too old and should be retired

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wayne, wrote

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07:33pm on 13 February 2012
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so when fat boy becomes president does his gay mate fikibu join him as mrs president or mr president.. how does that work? and you are all fooling yourselves if you think he isnt going to be president. its inevitable and coming to a dictatorship near you. its what you get for voting ANC.... or for that matter any party in any country in africa.. all corrupt and all bad.

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patrice, wrote

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07:02pm on 13 February 2012
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Excuse my ignorance but why have they got a picture of an acorn for this article?

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tony, wrote

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06:54pm on 13 February 2012
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joel---'like lambs'---which planet u from or have u been smoking yr socks lol lol

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Benson, wrote

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06:41pm on 13 February 2012
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Someone gets a Nobel Prize and it's not worth 2 cents in SA. The brain-dead antics of someone who barely scraped to get a G in Woodwork in Matric is reported ad nauseum. So much for priorities in SA; it pretty much explains where and what we are.

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Grant P, wrote

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06:28pm on 13 February 2012
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Burn blubba burn................

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Joel, wrote

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06:25pm on 13 February 2012
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I think if this thing does not go the League's way, it is probably time for the ANC Youth League to launch a robust Defiance Campaign against the mother body. It is clear that everything about this disciplinary hearing is contrived and orchestrated by senior ANC leadrs who are afraid of Mangaung. We are told that the ANC Youth League called for regime cange in Botswana but okay, they apologised afterwards. Does not that count for something? We are also told that they compared Jacob Zuma to Thabo Mbeki. Yes, but that cannot be a disciplinary offence. The ANC Youth League has up to now behaved like lambs among a pack of wolves.It is time for the Youth League to launch a non-violent Defiance Campaign.

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James, wrote

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05:58pm on 13 February 2012
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Please, can we get this thing out of the way as soon as possible so that everybody can get on with their normal lives? We are weary of the way things are postponed time and time again, be they court trials or political matters. No amount of argument, claims and counterclaims should be considered at this ultimate stage of the process.

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