Disciplinary action looms after SACP-Malema spat

African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema and South African Communist Party (SACP) deputy secretary general Jeremy Cronin face disciplinary steps after an ugly public spat, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday.

“I have no doubt in my mind this will set in motion disciplinary procedures,” Motlanthe told reporters in Johannesburg.

He was briefing the media on the outcome of a national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the ANC that took place on Monday.

Motlanthe said the NEC requested a report from the SACP on why an ANC delegation was booed at a SACP conference last week.

Malema was part of that delegation. He was booed after a recent public war of words with Cronin, whom a called a “white messiah” for disagreeing with the youth league on the nationalisation of mines.

Motlanthe said the NEC would consider the SACP report early next year, after which disciplinary steps would “no doubt” be taken.—Sapa

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