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South Africa’s Malema to escape ANC discipline

By on April 20, 2010

South Africa’s outspoken ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema will not be disciplined by the party despite defying President Jacob Zuma’s warning to stop inflammatory comments, a youth league source said on Tuesday.

The source said it had been decided after a five hour meeting of the top six officials of the African National Congress, including Zuma, that the Youth League should deal with Malema rather than the ruling party.

“His comments were made on behalf of the Youth League and not the ANC. We are independent and if there needs to be any disciplinary hearing it should be conducted by us,” said the source who attended the meeting.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe declined to comment saying that the party’s position would be revealed at a press conference later on Tuesday.

Malema came under fire from Zuma earlier this month over his support for Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF and his controversial land reform policies.

Zuma also rebuked Malema for continuing to sing apartheid era songs that racially polarised South Africans and embarrassing the ruling party by throwing a foreign journalist out of a news conference.

“Malema’s comments were made on behalf of the Youth League and individuals should not be singled out,” the source said.

Reuters.

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