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No stopping ANC’s Malema verdict

The disciplinary process unfolding against Julius Malema and other ANC Youth Leauge leaders has reached an impasse.

The ANC national disciplinary committee (NDC) remained adamant Malema will hear his fate on Wednesday in spite of the controversial youth leader’s formal complaint he was given too short notice to receive the verdict.

The ANC’s constitution requires the NDC to first inform Malema of its decision before handing over formal documentation to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and only then it may announce the findings to the public.

But the ANC insists the process will draw to a close today.

“They will be informed and the process will be finalised today,” ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza told the Mail & Guardian.

Malema and several other leaders are facing suspension and possibly expulsion from the ruling party.

Malema, along with league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, have argued in mitigation of their sentences, which were handed down to them by the ANC’s NDC in November last year.

The league’s legal representative Dali Mpofu said the process will be flawed if neither the youth leader nor his legal representatives are present to formally receive the NDC’s decision.

“If they decide to violate that process then so be it. It is something we would certainly raise in an appeal if we decide to go that route,” Mpofu told the M&G.

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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.

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