Kick that boy outta the party!
PROSECUTORS WANT ‘ UNREPENTANT ’ MALEMA EXPELLED
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.
ONCE COMRADES, NOW FOES-IN-ARMS: Suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema, ANC president, Jacob Zuma and ANCYL’S Andile Lungisa, share some hearty laughter.