Youth League e-mail bombshell

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Julius Malema. Photo: Sizwe Ndingane

Julius Malema tried unsuccessfully to prove that his disciplinary hearing was unjustly railroaded to prevent him from “disrupting” and “undermining” President Jacob Zuma at the recent ANC celebrations.

However, this argument was dismissed by the disciplinary appeals committee this week.

Malema’s defence team presented the appeals committee, chaired by ANC heavyweight Cyril Ramaphosa, with an e-mail from the party’s prosecution leader, or chief national presenter, Uriel Abrahamse, to his deputy, Nomazotsho Memani.

In the e-mail, Abrahamse wants Malema’s matter to be heard four days before the ANC’s centenary celebrations on January 8.

He also turned down a proposal to meet the Malema team to discuss the appeal.

“I don’t think it is a good idea to engage the other side, unless they initiate it. Our experience is that they will use every opportunity to create delays. They do this in order to have the appellants (Malema and his co-accused) (to be) part of the January 8 programme.

“We have received information that they are busy with all sorts of shenanigans. The Mopani regional chairman and secretary had organised a meeting two weeks ago, where they invited (Malema) to address them.

“(Limpopo premier) Comrade Cassel (Mathale) was also present, according to the reports we have received. The agenda was basically to discuss their plans for mass mobilisations and to undermine the ANC president.

“They are busy printing t-shirts for January 8, which carry the slogan “Kgalema (Motlanthe) for president”… They are trying to mobilise ANC (Youth League) structures throughout the country in support of his campaign related to January 8,” Abrahamse wrote.

It is not clear how the e-mail landed in the hands of Malema’s defence team.

He added that “we therefore adhere as strictly as possible to what we are told by the (national disciplinary committee of appeals)”.

The league wrote to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday, demanding that Abrahamse be charged for using the disciplinary process to “settle political scores”, “stifle debates” and “sow divisions”.

The letter said: “We believe that the conduct of comrade Uriel disqualifies him to continue being the national presenter of the ANC, not only for the case in question, but for all disciplinary proceedings of the ANC.”

Mantashe said he was not aware of a letter from the league complaining about Abrahamse.

“Even if I knew, it would not be for public consumption. If they choose to write a letter to me and give another copy to you, it is clearly their choice,” he added.

In an SMS, Abrahamse said: “How do you know about it?”

After he was told this was leaked by sources in Luthuli House, he said: “Surely then you should ask those who gave it to you.”

Memani was in a meeting when contacted for comment.

However, the e-mail did not help Malema’s case as the appeals committee refused to entertain it as a basis to show that his trial was not fair.

He could not be reached for comment.

Malema’s fate is still in the hands of Ramaphosa, ANC official Jessie Duarte, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, his predecessor Brigitte Mabandla, and Planning Minister Trevor Manuel.

Ramaphosa could not be reached either.

They will decide next week whether to uphold or overturn the sanctions imposed by the disciplinary committee chaired by Deputy Science Minister Derek Hanekom.

Malema, his deputy Ronald Lamola, league treasurer Pule Mabe, secretary Sindiso Magaqa and his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and league spokesman Floyd Shivambu were charged and found guilty for various offences. - The Star


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Anonymous, wrote

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05:29pm on 27 January 2012
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What a waste of time - wouldn't it be better if somebody would just shoot the b*****d

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Sharp, wrote

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04:31pm on 27 January 2012
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I don't think people representing Juju here has his interest at heart.I mean how do you go to an appeal and produce email that talk about the meeting that was held to hatch a plan to undermine the President on an ANC occassion,this further provide ammunition to appeal panel to upheld the NDC decision as the very same agenda of that meeting was to embarass the ANC.

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Karen, wrote

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03:47pm on 27 January 2012
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@Precious - if only that was the case. I think in the case of South Africa we have a couple of Mad Bob lookalikes and they are all fighting between themselves to be the one that destroys this country. Our only hope is while they fight amongst themselves, they destroy each other rather than destroying the country. They are hellbent on destroying something so let the damage be contained by allowing them to duke it out. Hopefully while they are doing that, the electorate are getting educated and watching and will think with their heads instead of their......well not thinking and vote them out.

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Joel, wrote

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03:33pm on 27 January 2012
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Julius Malema, my boy, you are going to walk this one. ANC processes will not allow a kangaroo court to tie you down. Uriel Abrahamse must have thought his e-mail was not going to be leaked. And here it is clearly showing evidence of conspiracy but the question did any of the members of the NDC led by Hanekom receive e-mails urging them to be harsh regardless of the evidence led? It is important for the ANC NEC to step in and stop this nonsense.

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Precious, wrote

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03:19pm on 27 January 2012
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Just give Malema the boot. Send him to his pal Mad Bob Mugabe. Mad Bob destroyed Zimbabwe and Mad Malema wants to do the same to SA. However, I think the senior leadership is not fooled and realise what Malema is up to. He wants to be President one day. GOD help us all!!!!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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03:15pm on 27 January 2012
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No evidence which was not submitted during the original hearing, may be submitted during the appeal..! That is why it was rejected..I still cannot believe this "boy" was the fastest sperm on the day...he must be the result of a botched artificial insemination...!

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baboona, wrote

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03:14pm on 27 January 2012
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Yawn. What a confusing article. "bomshell" ?! WTF! It sounds more like the noise a mosquito makes when it farts.

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OutofAfrica, wrote

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02:56pm on 27 January 2012
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It is generally not the intelligent people who go into politics. SA is a prime example. History has shown that there is always a psychopath leader with followers who comes to the fore. Malema is in good company - Goodbye the beloved country.

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Karen, wrote

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02:50pm on 27 January 2012
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Hey!! Editor - you've edited my comment to make it look like I want fatboy to be accepted as a leader. Here is the rest of my comment..... Mugabe is the same. In fact all dictators that have created absolute mayhem, death, division and taken or scarred the lives of millions for generations have had support for their actions. Malema is very similar - these types of people are extremely dangerous and we need to stop Malema before he gets a chance to do the damage to our country that we can all see clearly coming. The world has had to suffer the results on many occassions - can we please not learn from the misery of other countries when they have landed up with leader of this type. Nothing goo will ever come of it - for anybody!!!

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Karen, wrote

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02:09pm on 27 January 2012
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Shame fatboy looks quite sad in the pic. I think most people would agree that he is a leader. Whatever hairbrained scheme he cooks up he manages to get people to buy into it and support and follow him. The same is said of Hitler though. Hitler was an extremely charasmatic leader and had millions buy into his scheme of ethnic cleansing and commit the most abhorrant acts ever committed in the world and yet those that liked him, loved him and those that didn't like him hated him.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:06pm on 27 January 2012
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Brainless elctorate majority = Doomed country. Keep voting ANC until everyone is living in shacks, poor Africa, one more country going to the dogs because black africans keep voting for those who rob them of opportunities on a daily basis. Hey chief, they liberated us,right? Wrong, they only took over and continued with what the others had been doing for decades.

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mohammed, wrote

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01:22pm on 27 January 2012
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When all is done and dusted he will be joining the poor as he will no longer be able to take handouts and do corruption. See you at the carwash fatboy. Better wash my car nicely if you want a tip.

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Ally ko Ga-mmabasotho, wrote

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01:20pm on 27 January 2012
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100% Julius Malema. Malema for President

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:57pm on 27 January 2012
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Seems like a weel balanced DC this time arround and hopefully whatever the outcome it will be a very fair one.

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Sello Maswanganye , wrote

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12:49pm on 27 January 2012
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Irrespective of the difficult path that Malema has travelled, He is still regarded as one of the most vibrant leader within the ranks of the youth league. It may appear as if his future is doomed, but the reality is that he is still alive and kicking like never before.

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:41pm on 27 January 2012
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They are all the same. Birds of a feather. Gravitae to an organisation which has no morals; ethics or values and the norm is self enrichment. Is Mandela poor? Is Mbeki poor? Is Zuma poor? Is Ramaphosa poor? Is Sexwale poor? Is Malema poor? Is Vavi poor. Is Nzimande poor? The whole lot of them have conned the nation and the electorate. Disgusting.

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WINIFRED WATSON, wrote

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11:49am on 27 January 2012
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JuJu needs to be taught a lesson. He was initially tapped on the wrist for a wrong doing but still he forged ahead. What the ANC must ask themselves. What has Julius as President of the ANCYL achieved. He professes to fight for the poor and the unemployed. Has he done anything to try and alleviate their plight. The answer has to be NO. What he has done is sow the seed of racism, making believe that the youth are entitled to ill gotten wealth and employment. I suppose this coming from the master himself). He has urged the youth to fight for him, he has stood by and watched as his followers have burned the South African Flag and T shirts with his Presidents face on them. He has made this country unstable for investors, because of talk of Nationalization and again encouraging his followers that they can take over the wealth for themselves and demand whatever they like. He has caused a split in the ANC and frankly they dont know what to do with him. In any other country, this guy would have been dealt very severely. In our Country the ANC seems to treat him like he is sacred therefore they have no where to off load him. Do they really need him and what role do they see for him in the future. We are aware that JuJu's wealth is not anything he has actually gained through sweat and blood but by bribery and corruption. He is steering the ship to close to land and if he is allowed to carry on our beautiful country will end up in a civil war. Does the ANC really, really need this guy. I think its time they squashed him like a fly.

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zale, wrote

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11:17am on 27 January 2012
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SA sinks further as ANCYL and ANC have petty fights

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Mhlangifayo, wrote

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11:13am on 27 January 2012
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ITS TIME TO GO BABA ,YOU FAILED AND FOOLED YOURSELF AND THE YOUTH.GO TO YOUR FARM BECAUSE NOBODY WILL EMPLOY YOU BUT PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU EMPLOY THE CHIVAMBU AND CO .WISH YOU THE BEST .

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haha, wrote

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11:12am on 27 January 2012
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Love it ..what bombshell??? more like a storm in a teacup.... pulling out email as evidence when firstly hardly anything is implied here of an evil nature, and further where email can be forged so easily

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