ANC Youth League to appeal suspensions

Lawyers representing ANC Youth League leaders will submit appeals applications to the ANC national appeals committee, the Sowetan reported on Thursday.

Youth league president Julius Malema, league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, treasurer general Pule Mabe, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa and deputy secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi were found guilty and sanctioned by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) two weeks ago.

At a press conference, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema responds to the ANC’s national disciplinary committee’s rulings. He emphasised that he, and the youth league, remain unshaken and would continue to fight for economic freedom, while retaining their membership and loyalty to the ANC.

Malema was given a five-year suspension and told to vacate his position as president and Shivambu was suspended for three years and also told to vacate.

The other four leaders all had their youth league membership suspended for two years. This sanction was suspended for three years.

In its appeal, the league was expected to argue that it is independent from the ANC and that the NDC relied on the league’s “old” constitution when it handed down its sentences. — Sapa

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