Malema has got away too easily

I BELIEVE that you don't throw the baby out with the bath water, but you take the baby out of the dirty water, then chuck out the water.

I BELIEVE that you don't throw the baby out with the bath water, but you take the baby out of the dirty water, then chuck out the water.

While I respect the authority of the ANC to deal with internal matters, I disagree with the outcome of its disciplinary hearing against Julius Malema.

The issues over which he was charged not only had a negative bearing on the party, but also had far-reaching implications for the unity of the nation and the integrity of the country.

It undermined years of hard work in bringing Zanu-PF and the MDC together in Zimbabwe. Surely the outcome of the hearing does not reflect the serious nature of the offences.

Without dictating to the ANC how to deal with its members, a strong message should have been sent out that bigheaded and ill-tempered individuals do not deserve to lead. Malema should have been relieved of his responsibilities as ANCYL leader.

Political school and anger management does not atone for the pain he caused. He should apologise to President Jacob Zuma and the nation.

The ANC should have removed him from the youth leadership and set a precedent that the unity of the party and nation cannot be held to ransom .

Malema has repeatedly threatened people with fire and brimstone and on many occasions refused to apologise for singing racist songs.

These are not the hallmarks of a leader, but show symptoms of a rebel in the making who, if not stopped, will paralyse the nation's integrity.

Mambush Mokgotho, Embalenhle

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