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Sun Nov 23 19:10:09 SAST 2014

Malema hearing: Latest

Amukelani Chauke, Sapa and Reuters | 30 August, 2011 13:1728 Comments

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema urged his supporters on Tuesday not to attack journalists or the police, and to respect ruling party leaders.

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"You cannot throw stones at journalists because journalists are just messengers," he told a crowd at Beyers Naude square in central Johannesburg.

He lectured his supporters that African National Congress alliance leaders needed to be respected, after a day of violent protests which saw the burning of t-shirts bearing President Jacob Zuma's face and ANC flags.

"You are here because you love the ANC. We must exercise restraint," he said.

SACP condemns violence

The SA Communist Party has condemned attempts to "invade Luthuli House" and to create a "sense of siege" ahead of ANCYL president Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"We should not confuse militancy for anarchy or disorder for democracy," the SACP said, after at least one policeman and five journalists were injured as police tried to control groups of youths out in support of Malema in the Johannesburg CBD.

"We hope the ANC will act decisively to quell this and restore the authority of the organisation as opposed to individual and personality cult."

The SACP also condemned the burning of pictures of SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The SACP's statement rounded off condemnation by the tripartite alliance -- the SACP, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the ANC -- of Tuesday morning's events.

The ANC blamed its youth league for the "hooligan behaviour" in Johannesburg.

"It is our view that those who have taken the responsibility to mobilise the crowds to gather outside Luthuli House -- the leadership of the ANC Youth League -- should also take full responsibility for the violence, criminality and ill-discipline that has accompanied these crowds," the ANC said.

The league itself also issued a statement condemning the scenes, broadcast live on eNews before parts of their camera crew's equipment were believed to have been stolen.

The league said it would never be associated with "unruly, disruptive elements and agents provocateurs".

Contacted for comment on being blamed by the ANC for the incidents, spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who has his own disciplinary on Wednesday, said the league had no further comment outside of that statement.

He would also not elaborate on the disciplinary itself.

Malema, Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe face disciplinary charges which included bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division in ANC ranks.

Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Gauteng DA MPL Khume Ramulifho wanted to know why school children were present, saying they should not be pawns in political battles.

The African Christian Democratic Party called on police to protect lives and property and make sure shops were not looted, while the DA Youth felt that if Tuesday's behaviour characterised the behaviour of ANCYL leaders, South Africans should be concerned about the quality of leadership emerging from the ANC's 2012 elective conference.

Police fire rubber bullets against ANCYL rioters

Police again fired rubber bullets at ANCYL supporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday afternoon when rioters attacked a police Nyala.

A group of about 25 people had climbed on top of a nyala, singing and dancing with sticks in their hands.

Rubber bullets were fired to get them off the armoured vehicle.

Some school children were shouting that they were not scared to fight for African National Congress Youth League leader Julius Malema, who was facing a disciplinary hearing alongside several other top youth leaders at Luthuli House on Tuesday.

A man, who said he was one of Malema's lawyers but did not want to give his name to journalists, arrived at Beyers Naude square and was seen cheering on the rioters.

The crowd continued to grow in numbers and police on the scene said all the main streets in the city had come to a standstill.

Police members were standing lined up on President street, opposite rioters who had lined up on the other side and who were throwing rocks and fruit, such as oranges, at the law enforcement officials.

Some were seen breaking bricks into halves and throwing them.

Photographers were trying to sneak pictures while hiding behind pillars, while some ANCYL supporters had clambered into trees for a better view.

SANDF won't intervene in ANCYL unrest

The army will not intervene in the violence outside the ANC's headquarters in central Johannesburg, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"That is a matter for the police," Sisulu told journalists.

"We defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the country. That matter we will not entertain at the moment.

"If it is the burning of t-shirts, that is a police matter. And I am certain the police are perfectly competent to will deal with it."

Supporters of ANCYL leader Julius Malema pelted the police and journalists with rocks and burned t-shirts with the image of president Jacob Zuma outside Luthuli House on Tuesday morning, where Malema and other ANCYL leaders were due to face a disciplinary hearing.

Sisulu said that had plans for a national youth service gone ahead, the riots outside of Luthuli House would "not be happening".

"No it (the national youth service) didn't happen sadly. What we did was try and solicit the support of national executives of various political parties and churches, so we could get the buy-in of the youth into this programme.

"We had anticipated that by now we would have trained about 2000, and I could assure you this would not be happening if this had gone forward."

The plan was for the service to train young men and women in among others, personal discipline, civic education, patriotism and the necessity of volunteering.

The department, Sisulu said, was "unfortunately" interdicted from going ahead with the plan by civil rights group Afriforum.

"We had to stop until the case was over. The case was thrown out of court and sadly the country has lost out on the opportunity which we could have utilised. However, we still want to appeal to all youth to respond to this.

"It is not a political programme. It is across the board. It is not a boot camp. It works. It is a hard slop, but it works."

Afriforum had argued the SA National Defence Force wanted to use the service to train ANCYL Youth League and Young Communist League members.

Banks in Joburg CBD closing doors

Banks in Johannesburg's central business district were forced to shut their doors due to the violence that flared up ahead of ANCYL president Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Standard Bank's Library Gardens branch had been closed as a precaution, said spokesman Ross Linstrom.

"We've deployed our staff from the Library Gardens to other branches. Its business as usual, we've just asked our staff to use caution when moving through the CBD," he said.

Standard Bank had a sign outside saying: "Closed due to emergency circumstances".

First National Bank said it had closed three of its branches on Tuesday morning.

"All branches are open this morning. We've closed the Johannesburg CBD branch, the Main Street branch and President Street west branch," said spokeswoman Busisiwe Mngomezulu.

ABSA was not able to comment immediately.

Supporters of Malema ran riot in downtown Johannesburg on Tuesday, throwing rocks and broken bricks.

They were also burning ANC flags and T-shirts with the face of President Jacob Zuma printed on them.

Malema and his spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe were all facing charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

This was after Malema said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and undermining the "African agenda".

Malema is facing the ANC disciplinary committee on Tuesday.

Cosas condemns protests by pupils

The Congress of SA Students has accused ANC Youth League leaders of pulling children out of schools and busing them into Johannesburg's city centre to show support for Julius Malema on Tuesday.

"They were kicked out of their own schools by people who wanted to disrupt the proceedings, people who have their agenda," Cosas president Bongani Mani said outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House, where Malema and several other youth league leaders were facing a disciplinary hearing.

Hundreds of school children, in different school uniforms, some as young as 10, started arriving in town via bus before noon.

Mani denied Cosas had brought the children in, saying it was the "ANCYL leadership".

He criticised the action and called on school governing bodies not to allow children into town.

"We condemn this... We need to defend the right to learn. They [the ANCYL] shouldn't get hooligans to disrupt our schools."

MK vets call for additional charges against Malema

Additional charges should be brought against the ANC Youth League leadership following the violence on Johannesburg streets, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) says.

Spokesman Ike Moroe said more charges should be laid against Julius Malema and his colleagues for bringing the ANC into disrepute.

"What happened in the Johannesburg city centre was done in the youth league's name and they should take responsibility," he said.

Crossing the line, enemies of the ANC

MKMVA chairman Kebby Maphatsoe said ANCYL supporters crossed the line by burning a ruling party flag and a t-shirt bearing the face of President Jacob Zuma.

"We are left with no doubt in our mind that those who are involved in this process and burned the ANC flag are carrying out the orders of their masters, who are bent on creating chaos and mayhem, not only within the ANC, but also in our country," Maphatsoe said outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House, in Johannesburg.

"Their actions are clearly meant to divide our community and ultimately the South African society. Their deliberate actions are clearly meant to plant the seeds of a civil war in our country."

The association was gravely concerned and believed the ANCYL leadership was to blame.

Maphatsoe said the processes in the ANC were fair and did not favour anyone.

"The [party's] constitution is made for all its members and no one member or a cohort of membership enjoys exclusion from its rules and regulations... we shall never allow the ANC to be intimidated."

It called on members of the ANC and its alliance partners to rally in defence of the party and its leaders.

"We believe that these public displays of anarchy, orchestrated by the ANC Youth League supporters of Julius Malema and his leadership collectively, have crossed the line."

Policeman hospitalised, journalists stoned by ANCYL supporters

At least five journalists were hit by rocks and a policeman had to be hospitalised when ANC Youth League members, including some schoolchildren, ran riot in downtown Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Johannesburg metro police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said one rioter was arrested for public violence.

He said it was unclear how many people had been injured, but Sapa journalists on the scene said at least five members of the media -including Sapa photographer Werner Beukes, two eNews journalists Belinda Moses and Cathy Mohlahlana, The Star photographer Boxer Ngwenya and Citizen photographer Michel Bega - were hit by rocks thrown by supporters of youth league leader Julius Malema.

Sapa editor Mark van der Velden confirmed that Beukes had been hit in the back by a rock thrown by unruly elements in the crowd. Beukes was not badly injured.

"This is clearly a case of assault. I will be following this matter up through the appropriate channels," said Van der Velden.

The window of an eNews broadcast van was broken when protesters hurled objects at it.

Gauteng police spokesman Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that a policeman was injured, but said he did not know of any other injuries.

"He [the policeman] was hit on the head with a rock and has been taken to hospital. I'm not sure of his condition," said Dlamini.

He insisted that "everything was under control".

The crowds grew in their numbers as the day progressed, with a group of scholars, accompanied by a band in school uniform, arrived on the scene.

The crowds alternated between standing behind the barbed wire fencing, running around and marching around the city, singing songs like, "Jacob Zuma you are a coward".

Malema's supporters carried mostly colour printed placards stating, "Hands off Malema, our leader".

A handwritten one addressed to the disciplinary committee read: "You are trying to please your master - AfriForum. You have declared war!".

Two others said: "Mugabe/Gaddafi are supporting ANCYL" and "Zuma must fire Bheki Cele or resign".

Cele, the national police commissioner, who was recently criticised by the public protector for the "unlawful" signing of a lease agreement, arrived at Luthuli House earlier in the day.

Several businesses closed their doors as Malema supporters caused chaos.

Standard Bank had a sign outside saying: "Closed due to emergency circumstances".

Malema was facing a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday alongside league spokesman Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe.

The charges include bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing division in ANC ranks.

Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Last year, Malema pleaded guilty in an ANC disciplinary hearing after he publicly criticised ANC president Jacob Zuma.

The national disciplinary committee at the time said that should Malema be found guilty of provoking serious divisions or a break-down of unity in the organisation within the next two years, his membership of the ANC would be suspended.

DA Youth statement

DA Youth condemns ANC YL violence; concerned about the future if Malema is not held to account

The DA Youth supports the right of ANC YL members to protest; however, any action must be conducted within the confines of the law. If the law is broken and damage inflicted on either people or property in Johannesburg today, the perpetrators must be arrested and held to account. The  leadership of the Youth League needs to take all steps necessary to ensure that its members act within the law, and the authorities should take swift action against those who are caught breaking it.

This is a very significant day for South Africa. Behaviour such as this not only impacts negatively on economic investment, but gives cause for concern on the direction in which the ANC is headed. If the violence witnessed in Johannesburg’s city centre today characterises the kind of behaviour that leaders such as Julius Malema represent, and if he is not held to account by the ANC, South Africans should be very concerned about the quality of potential leaders who might emerge from the ANC’s 2012 congress.

Cosatu joins condemnation of ANCYL supporters violence

Union federation Cosatu has joined its alliance partner the ANC and the ANC Youth League in condemning the behaviour of supporters of league president Julius Malema in Johannesburg.

"The burning of symbols of the ANC on t-shirts, and pictures of ANC President Jacob Zuma and SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande demonstrates their utter contempt for the organisation they claim to be members of, and will alienate any support they may already have within the movement," Cosatu said in a statement.

"The [ANC] must be free to conduct its disciplinary hearings without being intimidated by such disloyal and provocative acts."

Malema supporters stone journalists

Earlier, Malema supporters threw rocks at Sapa photographer Werner Beukes, two eNews journalists Belinda Moses and Cathy Mohlahlana, a Citizen photographer and The Star photographer Boxer Ngwenya.

The violence that erupted in the Johannesburg CBD ahead of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing today was "totally unacceptable" and tarnished the name of the ANC, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said.

ANCYL statement on violence

The ANCYL has released a statement in which it "strongly condemns and dissociate itself from the burning of ANC T-Shirts with the face of President Zuma."

"We reiterate our statement and call on those who are here to support the leadership to exercise maximum discipline and do so in a peaceful manner, regard and respect to the ANC process."

The league says it wants to  reaffirm that it "respects the internal process of the ANC and will at all times submit itself to the organisational discipline, directives and guidelines of the ANC Leadership collective, its policies and constitution."

"The ANCYL will never be associated with unruly, disruptive elements and agents provocateurs who want to portray genuine support and solidarity gathering in a bad light we are calling for a restrain from supports and the security service."

Earlier

ANC Youth League supporters were burning T-shirts with President Jacob Zuma's face printed on them before ANCYL president Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing this morning. Police fired rubber bullets at the unruly crowd trying to force its way through the barriers and gain access to ANC offices where the hearing is taking place.

"We totally condemn such violence. It is totally unacceptable," Mthembu said, as groups of people gathered to support the league's leadership were filmed throwing stones and bottles at reporters and photographers in the city centre.

A Sapa photographer, Werner Beukes, and two eNews journalists Belinda Moses and Cathy Mohlahlana were pelted with stones.

"It flies in the face of what the leadership has called for --disciplined behaviour," said Mthembu as groups tried to push towards ANC headquarters Luthuli House.

"It is not disciplined, and criminal," he said.

"We have seen journalists being pelted. We have also seen even our police being pelted with stones, and all types of things."

"We are therefore saying this is unacceptable and we put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the ANCYL."

"We are very concerned."

The ANC appreciated the role the police were playing and called on them not to become violent in the face of provocation. "They must ensure the safety and security of everyone within the city."

Gauteng police spokesman Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said that even though the groups were throwing objects and burning posters, they felt they had the situation contained.

"We have got enough members on the ground to contain the situation," he said.

Earlier police used water canons to control the crowd and three helicopters were seen hovering over the region of Beyers Naude Square and Luthuli House which is situated on the corner of Sauer street.

By mid-morning he said no arrests had been made, and no injuries reported.

Asked whether the ANC leadership planned to go outside and address the crowds, he said: "We believe those that are responsible for bringing the people here should be responsible for that. The ball is in the court of the ANCYL leadership."

"The insults that are being thrown, the burning of posters, faces of our leadership that are on some posters, generally the unruly behaviour, cars being damaged ... that is totally un-ANC, you will not expect members of the ANC to do that. We cannot be quiet. They are tarnishing the image of the ANC."

Malema and his spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe face disciplinary charges which include bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

This was after Malema said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and undermining the "African agenda".

ANCYL supporters believed there was a smear campaign against iMalema to "shut his mouth" about succession debates and nationalisation, a supporter said ahead of his disciplinary hearing.

"Malema is our brother," read a placard being held up by one of African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema's supporters, who had gathered outside Luthuli House ahead of a disciplinary hearing against its top leaders.

Several streets were closed while groups of supporters, whistling and blowing on vuvuzelas, ran up and down, signalling to motorists to stop and make U-turns.

Malema will cut a lonely yet defiant figure this morning as he enters day one of his make-or-break disciplinary hearing. Streets near Luthuli House have been closed in anticipation of the ANC Youth League members gathering ahead of Julius Malema and his colleagues' disciplinary hearing.

The roads that are closed are Sauer, Market, Harrison, Simmonds, President, Pritchard and Diagonal streets.

Johannesburg Metro Police Chief superintendent Wayne Minnaar advised motorists travelling south of Johannesburg to use the M1 highway. Those travelling north were advised to use Ntemi Piliso or Rissik streets.

New reports are that the other members of the youth league executive will appear tomorrow.

Malema faces charges alongside league spokesman, Floyd Shivambu, league deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy, Kenetswe Mosenogi and treasurer general Pule Mabe.

Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Malema is one of the country's most influential politicians, whose support can boost candidates in the fractious ruling African National Congress, and seen as a kingmaker ahead of a party meeting next year where the ANC elects its leaders.

He has also ignited firestorms by playing the race card in a country scarred by apartheid, defying ANC top brass and calling for the takeover of mines and white-owned land.

He has been branded as a demagogue, a reckless populist and a future leader of Africa's biggest economy. To many in South Africa, he is simply known by his nickname "Juju".

Facts about Malema:

* Malema, 30, has been the president of the ANC Youth League since April 2008. The league was founded decades ago by political giants including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.

* He hails from Limpopo province, to the northeast of Johannesburg, and was born into poverty to a single mother who was a domestic worker.

* Malema rose through the local ranks of the ANC, using his Limpopo base as a springboard to national Youth League office.

* Malema flexed his muscles to join a group of power brokers who in late 2007 who ousted then President Thabo Mbkei from his leadership of the party and replaced him with Jacob Zuma, who became the country's president a little over a year later. Malema declared he was ready to kill for Zuma.

* Malema angered many in a January 2009 speech when he said a woman who had accused Zuma of rape had a "nice time".

* In 2010, Malema was found guilty by an ANC disciplinary committee of trying to undermine Zuma. He stayed in his post, but the ANC said in its May 2010 decision that should he again be found guilty of contravening rules in the next two years, "his membership of the ANC shall be summarily suspended".

* His stature suffered even more at a major ANC meeting in September of that year when Zuma chastised the youth leader.

* But he slowly regained support as he pressed for a takeover of the country's mines and expropriating white-owned farmland.

* The country's impoverished youth were increasingly drawn to his radical economic plans and his flamboyant lifestyle that included sushi parties with bikini-clad women, fancy cars and free-flowing champagne.

* He used a court trial this year where he was accused of fanning racial strife by singing the song "Shoot the Boer", or white farmer, at rallies as a platform for greater publicity. He entered court flanked by assault rifle-toting guards and rallied supporters after hearings.

* The wheels started to come off in July when the newspaper City Press, in an article vetted by a judge before publication, wrote Malema had a slush fund for bribes used to finance his lavish lifestyle. More reports of questionable finances followed with the Youth League denying wrongdoing and saying Malema was the victim of a conspiracy launched by white capitalists.

* A few weeks after that, the ANC criticised the Youth League for its calls to help in a military struggle to oust the democratically elected leader of Botswana.

* The ANC charged Malema in August with undermining the party and plans a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday

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