Malema: down to the wire

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malema jan 27 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Julius Malema. Photo: Sizwe Ndingane

THE ANC national disciplinary committee of appeals will today announce whether youth league leader Julius Malema’s appeal against his five-year suspension was successful.

Late yesterday the committee announced it would hold the briefing at the ANC head offices at Luthuli House. It comes in the middle of a five-day ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting, which did not have the matter on its agenda.

If the appeals committee upholds the original verdict of suspension, Malema is immediately out in the political wilderness. At 30, a five-year suspension means he would not be able to return to the helm of the league, which terminates membership at age 35.

The other youth leaders received suspended sentences and so would not lose their membership.

If the appeals committee, headed by businessman and ANC NEC member Cyril Ramaphosa, finds in favour of Malema, the league’s top officials and spin doctor Floyd Shivambu, it cements their position vis a vis the ANC mother body – and could strengthen their push for a leadership change at Mangaung in December.

Should Malema’s suspension kick in, there are still a number of options: he could go to court or organise supporters to approach the NEC to review a disciplinary matter.

With the ANC NEC currently sitting, there may be scope to try to raise the matter in the next two days before it adjourns.

However, there is no guarantee that the NEC would take it up in the first place, or that it may discuss it this weekend.

Malema, his top officials and Shivambu, who faces a three-year suspension, were last year found guilty of bringing the organisation into disrepute and sowing divisions.

The appeal, heard on January 23 and 24, is understood to have focused on: the denial of an opportunity to lead mitigating factors between the verdict and sentence; that the disciplinary committee’s verdict had been predetermined because several senior ANC members, including disciplinary committee members, had made public statements biased against the league; that the charges had been incorrectly filed by the ANC’s top officials when it should have been the NEC as a whole that did so; and that an updated version of the league constitution prevented suspension from the mother body being automatically applicable to the league. - Weekend Argus



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Anonymous, wrote

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04:22pm on 4 February 2012
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Woodwork "skills" aside, given his even more questionable mathematics abilities, I'd say he certainly reflected how he was as a RULER.

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:01pm on 4 February 2012
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enjoy the farmland bra, and plz upgrade ur matric results

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roy, wrote

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03:42pm on 4 February 2012
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@de3cat I dont know where you come from with that comment, that is exactly what im talking about. Now you lot complain about Zuma and we all told you that it is a bad mistake. You fought and made him president and now you wanna get rid of him. That is why I say young uncorruptible educated black people must start taking up the mantle and make this country a paradise for all its people. @ resimate steven hlongoane what do you mean i dont care for the people I come from the trenches in the UDF i was beaten and shot at, had to run for my life during i was just lucky to be alive. Idiots like you and julius retard real progression, just sit back and listen to the intelligent black intellectual's, so keep quite now with Jujju and let the real young leader be heard. THE ANCYL PROVED THEMSELVES USELESS FOR ALL INTENT AND PURPOSES AND THE ANC FINALLY REALIZED IT.

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Thandiwe Mnguni, wrote

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03:18pm on 4 February 2012
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julius must start today to think about respect bcause he is not having morals

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:00pm on 4 February 2012
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Just becasue Malema did some woodwork doesnt mean he can build a cabinet

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@ STEVE, wrote

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02:57pm on 4 February 2012
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Firstly no need to right in caps, your english is not better understood because of it. Secdondly you do know a public servant or cicvil servant is what Malema and Zuma are. Without their positins they would be poor and working in a factory somewhere. The only reason they have made billions is becasue of illegal tenders etc. Yes they allowed to work but they cannot abuse their positions to gain wealth, this is corruption, it is illegal, immoral and shameful. Unfortunately there are still people who think like you this is why the poor are still poor and SA is just about bankrupt, you think because these guys where voted into power because SA in uneducated and blind it makes it ok for them to use my and your money to buy themselves luxuries while the people they are hired to serve get nothing but empty promises?

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Quentin, wrote

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02:24pm on 4 February 2012
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The AFRICAN NATIONAL CIRCUS is in town..VIVA!!!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:11pm on 4 February 2012
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Malema and his allies they were thinking that they are above anc,this is a lesson to others.next is mathale in limpompo second thembisile municipality

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Madiba Standards needed, wrote

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01:24pm on 4 February 2012
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This country needs leaders - at all levels and in all organisations - that reflect Nelson Mandela's ethics, morals, humility, humanity and standards.

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Robert Madiagane, wrote

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12:50pm on 4 February 2012
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Thembi im with you on that.

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STEVE, wrote

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12:34pm on 4 February 2012
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THE WERE CORRUPTION BEFORE MALEMA THE WILL BE MORE CORRUPTION AFTER MALEMA.TENDER WILL REMAIN TENDER.LET THE WEALTH BE SHARE AMONG ALL.THAT WORD ALL MEANS EVERY PERSON IS ENTITLE TO DO BUSINESS INCLUDE MALEMA AND ZUMA.PUT MALEMA'S POSITION IN YOU SHOES WILL YOU REFUSE TO BE GIVEN TENDER IF U HAVE QUALIFIED DOCUMENT.ANSWER NO.

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Jonathan, wrote

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12:31pm on 4 February 2012
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Who is this Julius Malema ? and what is the fuss about him? saw him on tv and he comes across as a brick that's missing some cement in order to build something! duh. The joke doing the rounds is that julius went out drinking with some buddies and when he recieved the bill he looked at it and wanted to know who TOTAL was as he was not part of the drinking clan?? stupid or what. perfectly sums him up

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thembinkosi nonkosi, wrote

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12:18pm on 4 February 2012
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It stands to prove that lies have got short legs,I wonder If president Zuma remembers the day he took to stage holding hands high with Malema and Manamela after his rape trial in PMB calling them future leaders after his acquital. The sad thing about this whole scenario is "pay back time"Malema may be expelled but it does not gurantee a second term, even in the election of stooges. If you solve a problem with another, you sink deeper and deeper. "The beautiful ones are not yet born"

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resimate steven hlongoane, wrote

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11:59am on 4 February 2012
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ROY ONLY INTELLECTUAL LIKE YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE SO MALEMA IS THE VOICE BEHIND YOUTH ECONOMICAL DEVELOPMENT AND WANT HE SAYS IS THE MANDATE THAT REPRESENT YOUNG PEOPLE.DEGREE OR HONORS DOES NOT WORK IN POLITICS BROTHER ONLY NATURAL TALENT CAN DO SO.LOOK AT MANGAUNG CENTENARY THE VOICELESS WOMEN'S LEGUE WERE OMITTED FOR SPEECH, WHAT ABOUT YOUR INTELLECT AND THE YOUTH.

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sunny , wrote

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11:58am on 4 February 2012
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please get that loose mouth with no brains as far as timbactoooooooo .never to find him again

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lamino, wrote

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11:50am on 4 February 2012
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UR Time its Up boy (juju),great ppl make History(Hani,etc. in lyf nt Headlines ( juju dis,juju dat) Go n enjy de millions ( Tenders money wt ur friend Mathale)

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:29am on 4 February 2012
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@ resimate steven hlongoane - The youth league is a pointless organisation who does nothing for the people it is meant to help educate and house. All the youth league does is insight hatred and breed racism, pointless waste of money and just an avenue for tender corruption. Their leader is an uneducated twit who has proven himself to be ill-disciplined, racist and has no understanding of the world or SA. The "mother body" must discipline them and control them as their own leaders cannot.

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roy, wrote

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11:01am on 4 February 2012
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@resimate steven hlongoane you are arguing like an idiot and that is the words coming from my son 23 years old black honors graduate UCT, i just thank god South Africa has many other young black intellectuals that dont share you views. This Country has a very good future you need to decide are you going to be on the side of idiots like Malema or the new black intellectuals, your choice. your time is now dont waist it on people like Malema your are all going down with him that share his vision which is just one long dark black hole.

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de3cat, wrote

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10:57am on 4 February 2012
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M behind julius,the campaign is on, Mr Shower & Gwede the damage is already done ur time up..let lion roar..t`was a mistake 4 u 2be the president go back 2 the taxi rank..beeng a herdman has damage ur brain

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:54am on 4 February 2012
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Away with all racists

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