Suspended ANC Youth League President Julius Malema


The ANC will announce its finding on an appeal against the expulsion of ANCYL president Julius Malema later on Tuesday night, it said in a statement.

It would also make known the outcome of appeals against the suspensions of ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu and secretary general Sindiso Magaqa.

ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal chairman Cyril Ramaphosa said the findings had already been sent to the men's legal representatives.

“The NDCA is currently briefing the ANC's secretary general, Comrade Gwede Mantashe,” he said in a statement.

Malema was expelled from the ANC in November 2011 for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute by unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks about regime change in Botswana.

Despite the expulsion Malema remains ANCYL president until all options to overturn his sentence have been exhausted. Other avenues remain open to him should his appeal fail.

Shivambu was also found guilty of sowing division and bringing the ANC into disrepute. He was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

Earlier on Tuesday, he made an unconditional apology to journalist Carien Du Plessis in settlement of a hate speech case being heard in the Equality Court, in Johannesburg.

He apologised for calling her 'stupid' and 'white bitch' in SMSs.

“Not only was it unprofessional of me to respond in such a way, I also accept that she experienced it as an affront to her dignity as a fellow human being and as a woman.”

Magaqa was suspended for three years for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. This was suspended for three years on condition that he apologise to Gigaba within 15 days. Magaqa apologised to Gigaba in a statement sent to the media on March 10. - Sapa