[miningmx.com] — ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has to “vacate his position”, the party’s national disciplinary committee said on Thursday.
“The respondent shall vacate his position as the president of the ANC Youth League,” said chairperson Derek Hanekom in Johannesburg.
Malema was suspended for an effective five years.
“Malema damaged the standing of the ANC and South Africa’s international reputation,” said Hanekom.
Malema, who was busy writing exams in Limpopo on Thursday, had 14 days to appeal against the ruling. He would remain on full pay until all the appeal processes were completed, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.
Hanekom said Malema had made himself guilty several times in the past two years of sowing divisions within the ANC.
Malema was found guilty of criticising Zuma in another ANC disciplinary hearing last year.
The national disciplinary committee at the time said should Malema be found guilty of provoking serious divisions or a break-down of unity in the organisation within the next two years, his ANC membership would be suspended.