Appeals Committee Deliberates Julius Malema’s Fate, But Will the Outcome Matter?
Oral submissions in Julius Malema’s appeal application, following his suspension last year from the ANC, were concluded yesterday. Malema’s fate now rests in the hands of the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals, consisting of Trevor Manuel, Jeff Radebe, Jessie Duarte, Brigitte Mabandla, and Cyril Ramaphosa, who will make their decision “in due course”.
However, even if the five year suspension is upheld, Fiona Forde, author of An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘New’ ANC, is quoted by News24 as saying that it will not eliminate the threat Malema poses:
Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals now holds ANC Youth League President Julius Malema’s future in his hands.
Ramaphosa is chairman of the committee of appeals, which on Tuesday concluded the oral hearing in Malema’s appeal application.
A lone protester wearing an ANC shirt and cap and chains around his neck, waist, wrists and ankles urged Ramaphosa to be harsh.
The man held a placard with the words: “Comrade Cyril, do the right thing, there’s no case here, just shackles.”