150612. Thohoyandou Townhall, Limpopo Province. Former ANCYL president Julius Malema address the youth at the youth month lecture organized by friends of the youth league. 299 Picture: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has been advised against speaking at London's Commonwealth Club on Friday night, City Press reported.

“He is not going anywhere out of the country,” said Anda Bici of Friends of the Youth League, which has been organising many events Malema addressed in recent months,

“We have advised him to stay in the country and fight the battles here. No trips abroad.”

The website thesouthafrican.com earlier reported Malema would talk about “his extraordinary life” - at an “exclusive networking event” in London.

He was supposed to have provided insight into his experiences with the African National Congress and his thoughts on South Africa's past, present and future.

The entrance fee for the event was UK20 (about R255) to listen to Malema, who had been billed as the guest of honour.

The initial reasons given for his cancellation of the trip was a “family emergency”.

This was disputed by Bici, who said Malema was advised to stay at home.

Malema was expelled from the ANC in April for unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana. - Sapa