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Nothing but silence over Malema’s defining appeal hearing

By on January 24, 2012

When the appeal hearing of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema begun on Monday morning there was not much heard but silence. Oral arguments were reported to be underway at the hearing, which takes place at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

Media is strictly kept out of the proceedings and ANC members have been instructed by ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza to remain silent until the hearing is completed.

Malema was suspended in November 2011 as he was found guilty of creating divisions within the ANC as well as and disregarding the party. In addition, Malema’s controversial comments regarding regime change in Botswana fuelled the tensions.

As the panel meet again on Tuesday morning the technical arguments have been dealt with during late Monday night. In Malema’s next presentation on Tuesday it seems advocate Patrick Mtshaulana will argue that the disciplinary committee members, with chairperson Derek Hanekom and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, should be recused from the disciplinary committee due to their earlier disagreement with ANCYL’s stand on nationalisation of mines and land reform.

At the time of writing not much has yet been revealed regarding the proceedings besides reports that the disciplinary appeals committee seem to face marathon proceedings, the hearing might be dragged out for a considerable period of time.

(Source: SABC)

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