Magaqa could be reinstated

Suspended ANC Youth League Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa could be reinstated to his position.

ANC Youth League leadership.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended ANC Youth League Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa could be reinstated to his position, with the Sunday Independent reporting that the ANC has succumbed to pressure from its youth wing.

Magaqa was suspended for a year for issuing derogatory and defamatory statements against Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

The youth league claims Magaqa was suspended despite apologising to the minister.

The paper also reports that the ruling party's National Executive Committee has postponed discussing the youth league's petition for it to review the expulsion of Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu.

Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile apparently raised the matter twice during an NEC meeting on Friday.

Following a decision by the ruling party's National Disciplinary Panel Appeals Committee, to uphold Malema's expulsion, his next option is to approach the ANC's highest decision making body.

Magaqa said Gigaba was "pleasing imperialists" when he said the nationalisation debate was hurting foreign investment in the country.

In March, he apologised to Gigaba for his utterances.

However, the ANC found him guilty of prejudicing the integrity of the party and creating divisions by making derogatory remarks about Gigaba, who is also an ANC national executive committee member.

If he had failed to apologised, he would have been suspended for three years.