ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s ANC membership has been suspended with immediate effect, the party’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) said on Wednesday.This followed Malema’s verbal attack on President Jacob Zuma on Friday when he called him a dictator and said he was suppressing the league.
The NDC says it considered the nature and seriousness of Malemaâ€™s address at Wits University in March.
Malema said: â€œâ€¦ It is under President Zuma that we have seen the youth of the ANC being traumatised, being expelled from their own home.
â€œIt is under President Zuma we have seen a critical voice being suppressed We have seen under President Zuma, democracy being
replaced with dictatorshipâ€¦â€
The NDC also took cognisance of the fact that the said utterance received widespread coverage in South Africaâ€™s print and electronic media.
“After due consideration, the NDC was satisfied that this utterance constitutes a very serious violation of the ANC Constitution and that the institution of disciplinary action… of the ANC Constitution is warranted,” NDC chairman Derek Hanekom said in a statement.
Malema was informed on Wednesday morning of his immediate temporary suspension and that disciplinary proceedings would be instituted against him by the NDC.
The conditions that Malema will be required to comply with during his suspension include not exercising any duty in his capacity as an ANC member, not attending any meeting of the ANC or any of its structures, except for the purpose of the NDCA hearing and the pending disciplinary proceedings against him, not addressing any meeting of the ANC or any of its structures and not making any public statement on any matter pertaining to the ANC.