League to pay Malema's fine
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema will not pay the R10000 fine imposed on him from his own pocket.
Instead, the ANC Youth League will set up a bank account for its members to donate the money "very soon".
Briefing journalists yesterday after the league's executive committee meeting in Muldersdrift, west of Johannesburg, secretary general Vuyelwa Tulelo said the league's members would donate money into an account because Malema acted on its behalf and "not as an individual".
Malema, however, did not attend the press conference as he was meeting with the minister of defence and military veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu, at the time.
Tulelo said the youth league would meet with the ruling party's National Executive Committee today to ask why ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe did not follow the party's constitution when he drafted a charge sheet against Malema.
The league will ask the leadership to scrap the 12-month suspension threat now hanging over Malema's head.
"We are of the firm belief that procedures were not followed, and that is the matter that we would like to bring to the leadership of the ANC and find clarity around those," she said.
"We want to inherit the correct principles and procedures from the ANC, not procedures that change on the will of an individual," she said.
Malema was hauled before an ANC disciplinary hearing last week. After the disciplinary committee realised that the party had bungled the case, it quickly withdrew charges against Malema for publicly supporting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party, swearing at a BBC journalist, and singing "shoot the boer" after it was banned by a high court.
However, Malema was found guilty of charges relating to his public attack on Zuma.
Malema was ordered to attend anger management classes, make a public apology to Zuma, the ANC and the public in general and to pay a fine of R10000 to a youth development project.