Kick that boy outta the party!

PROSE­CU­TORS WANT ‘ UN­RE­PEN­TANT ’ MALEMA EX­PELLED

Sunday World - - Politics - MOIPONE MALEFANE

ANC prose­cu­tors have called for Julius Malema’s ex­pul­sion from the party as at­ti­tudes har­den against the em­bat­tled youth leader.

ANCYL lead­ers, in­clud­ing Malema, will know their fate this week fol­low­ing ar­gu­ments in mit­i­ga­tion of the sen­tence on one hand and ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances on the other.

Now, it ap­pears, the ANC prose­cut­ing team led by Uriel Abra­hamse has re­quested that Malema be ex­pelled from the ANC and that the league’s spokesman Floyd Shivambu and its se­cere­tary San­diso Ma­gaqa be sus­pended from the ANC for five and two years re­spec­tively.

It took the ANC prose­cut­ing team less than 15 min­utes to present its ar­gu­ment that Malema be ex­pelled.

The ap­peal com­mit­tee, chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, up­held the trio’s sen­tences two weeks ago but re­ferred the mat­ter back to the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee for ar­gu­ments in mit­i­ga­tion and ag­gra­va­tion of sen­tence.

The youth league lead­ers were plead­ing for lesser sen­tences.

In­sid­ers who were present dur­ing the process say the ANC prose­cut­ing team felt Malema, Shivambu and Ma­gaqa did not show re­morse and should there­fore be handed harsher pun­ish­ments.

The prose­cut­ing team wanted to present me­dia re­ports to beef up their ar­gu­ment, but were told they would have to bring the jour­nal­ists who had re­ported on what the youth lead­ers had said for cross ex­am­i­na­tion.

On Mon­day two ANCYL lead­ers, Andile Lungisa and Ab­ner Mosaase, were called to de­fend Malema.

Both said Malema’s re­marks re­lat­ing to a call for regime change in Botswana fol­lowed a res­o­lu­tion adopted at the ANCYL elec­tive congress in July.

They said they gave ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe a copy of all the res­o­lu­tions on Au­gust 2 and that he nei­ther ob­jected to them nor called them in to dis­cuss them.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe told the ANCYL lek­gotla in Pre­to­ria last week that the league could not adopt res­o­lu­tions that were in con­flict with ANC poli­cies and its con­sti­tu­tion.

The three, to­gether with other ANCYL lead­ers, were charged by ANC of­fi­cials last year for sow­ing di­vi­sion in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

They were later found guilty by the ANC na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee but ap­pealed their sen­tences with the ANC na­tional ap­peals’ com­mit­tee which how­ever, up­held the guilty ver­dicts.

Picture by Mlondolozi Mbolo

ONCE COM­RADES, NOW FOES-IN-ARMS: Sus­pended ANCYL pres­i­dent Julius Malema, ANC pres­i­dent, Ja­cob Zuma and ANCYL’S Andile Lungisa, share some hearty laugh­ter.

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