S.Africa's Malema verdict due Thursday

9th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

South Africa's ruling ANC will deliver its verdict Thursday after a disciplinary hearing for youth leader Julius Malema which could see him kicked out of the party, a spokesman said Thursday.

"The disciplinary committee of the ANC will on Thursday morning deliver the verdict at Luthuli House, our headquarters," said ANC spokesman Keith Khoza.

Malema is charged with several offences, including "sowing divisions" within the party. If convicted, he could be either suspended or expelled from the African National Congress.

He is charged along with five other senior members of the Youth League, in case that has drawn violent demonstrations in support of the beleaguered leaders.

All the accused are expected to attend proceedings except for Malema, who will be writing exams, his office said.

The hearing had been held at different venues over the last three months, as officials tried to avoid violent protests by his supporters who wanted the charges dropped.

The charge of sowing divisions stems from comments seen as undermining President Jacob Zuma as party leader and calling a for regime change in neighbouring Botswana, whose government he said was "in full cooperation with imperialists".

Malema, who is known for his racially-tinged political rhetoric, has become one of South Africa's most controversial figures since being elected president of the youth league in 2008.

The 30-year-old was last year found guilty of criticising Zuma in another ANC disciplinary hearing.

This year a court also found him guilty of hate speech in a case which included the singing of a liberation song whose lyrics mean "shoot the white farmer".

© 2011 AFP

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