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Juju team continues with mitigation plea

By Moipone Malefane | Feb 16, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 4 ]

THE ANC Youth League's defence team will today continue with its mitigation argument against the five-year suspension sentence imposed on Julius Malema.

The team also represents ANCYL secretary Sindiso Magaqa and spokesman Floyd Shivambu, whose sentences were also upheld by the ANC national disciplinary committee of appeals two weeks ago.

The ANC will present its case for aggravating circumstances soon afterwards.

The appeals committee, chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa, granted the league leaders a chance to plead for a lesser sentence after dismissing their appeals against their original sentences.

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

Both said the charge against Malema's remarks on Botswana and the African Renaissance were resolutions 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 nor called them in for discussion.

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.

Malema, Shivambu and Magaqa were found guilty in November last year of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party.

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I understand that the ANC Youth League is trying to abide by disciplinary processes of the ANC even though it is patently clear that they are biased and unfair. Nobody would claim the Youth League is not disciplined and does not subject itself to ANC processes. The Youth League has done everything by the book and only to be rewarded with insults. Ther comes a time when the Youth League has to decide whether it still wants to subject itself to a process which is so unfair that it guarantees an unfair outcome. There are ANC senior people who want to make sure that the Youth League is kept in disciplinary processes so that it is not able to mobilise its constituency around its resolutions. The way I see it even these mitigation pleas are a waste of time, the outcome is already published in the ANC newspaper The New Age. Julius Malema is going to be expelled and the onlyn response to this is defiance. That is it!

Feb 16, 2012 1:35 | 0 replies

Good people in South Africa you like to waste time with unnessery thing. Why we have to sheid people that they do not have respect ANC stop stop suspension is need to prove that all card must behave not misbehave like now

Feb 16, 2012 8:12 | 0 replies

let hin go ( Juju )

Feb 17, 2012 8:23 | 0 replies

What goes around comes around. My former pres, hounarable Mbeki was recalled by this uneducated young man without mitigations and all that, and he thought he was bigger than the party and he could do as he wished.Now this is his turn to taste the same medicine. Hauweng banna.

Feb 17, 2012 10:0 | 0 replies