THE Democratic Alliance has called on the Independent Complaints Directorate to investigate why police obeyed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's orders to control a crowd at the party's Limpopo conference.
"In video footage posted online by The Times, Malema orders police to remove rival delegates from the provincial conference," DA MP Dianne Kholer-Barnard said in a statement yesterday.
She accused the police, who removed unruly members of the league during the April conference in Makhado outside Thohoyandou, of breaching the SA Police Service Act.
The act, she said, stipulated that the police should not undertake political activities, display support for a particular political body or act to further any party-political interests.
An anti-Malema faction led by Lehlogonono Masoga walked out of the conference. They accused the Malema-supporting faction of having hijacked the conference.
Masoga, who is ANCYL Limpopo's former provincial chairperson, was ousted during the disputed conference. His faction does not recognise the provincial leadership elected at the conference.
Masoga and provincial secretary Goodman Mitileni, provincial executive members Papiki Tjebane and Musa Chabane are facing charges of bringing the ANCYL into disrepute.
They appeared before the ANCYL disciplinary committee at Luthuli House on Thursday. But their supporters have come out against the move to discipline them.