Malema's bid to overturn suspension fails

The ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals (NDCA) on Tuesday upheld ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s temporary suspension after he called President Jacob Zuma a dictator.

The NDCA summarily suspended Malema for claiming South Africa’s democracy had been replaced by a dictatorship under Zuma at the University of Witwatersrand on March 30.

To read the full ruling click here.

Malema appealed the suspension, saying it violated his right to freedom of association as enshrined in the country’s Constitution.

“The NDCA found that the NDC did not breach the ANC constitution, the rules of natural justice and the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,” NDCA chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa said.

For more news and multimedia on ANC Youth League president Julius Malema click here.

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Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer

Nickolaus Bauer is the Mail & Guardian's jack of all trades news reporter that chases down stories ranging from politics and sports to big business and social justice. Armed with an iPad, SLR camera, camcorder and dictaphone, he aims to fight ignorance and pessimism through written words, photographs and videos. He believes South Africa could be the greatest country in the world if only her citizens would give her a chance to flourish instead of dwell on the negativity. When he's not begging his sub-editors for an extra twenty minutes after deadline, he's also known to dabble in the occasional poignant column that will leave you mulling around in the depths of your psyche. The quintessential workaholic, you can also catch him doing sports on the weekday breakfast show on SAfm and presenting the SAfm Sports Special over the weekend. Read more from Nickolaus Bauer

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