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Sexwale: Don’t use Malema hearing to settle scores

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has warned that the disciplinary hearing of ANC Youth League leaders should not be used to settle political scores, Business Day reported on Wednesday.

“No disciplinary action should be taken for political or personal reasons. It is not a court process, not a persecution, not a prosecution — it’s a last opportunity given to anyone to solve their issues,” Sexwale said.

ANC officials, including President Jacob Zuma, needed to be made aware of the possibility that they were wrong in charging Malema, he said.

“There is always a possibility the complainant is wrong.”

Youth League leader Julius Malema, spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi face several charges before an ANC disciplinary committee.

This came after comments that the ANCYL would help bring about regime change in Botswana. The six were also accused of sowing divisions within the party.

Sexwale said he had been asked to testify at the hearing when it resumes on Thursday.

He said although he had been asked by Malema to testify, he was not taking sides.

It has been widely reported that Malema was campaigning for President Jacob Zuma not to get a second term when the ruling party elects leaders next year. It was also reported that Sexwale and other ANC leaders were plotting to oust Zuma. — Sapa

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