Magaqa might be reinstated

Sindiso Magaqa might be reinstated giving the African National Congress Youth League a big boost.

Suspended ANCYL Secretary-General, Sindiso Magaqa

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Secretary-General Sindiso Magaqa would not confirm to Eyewitness News on Sunday whether he may or may not be reinstated.

It is understood however that the ANC's top national officials could discuss this issue in their meeting on Monday.

If they agree Magaqa could be reinstated, they'll probably have to table the decision in the next meeting of ANC's National Executive Committee.

If he does return it would be a huge boost to the league, which currently only has two of the five national leaders who were elected at its last conference.

In April, Magaqa was suspended for a year by the African National Congress appeals panel, which also expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

In April, the committee confirmed Malema's expulsion from the party, stating, "In respect of the present disciplinary hearing, the [ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal] NDCA confirms the sanction imposed by the NDC [National Disciplinary Committee] that the appellant be expelled from the ANC."

The sanction was imposed on Malema in November for sowing division in the party and bringing the party into disrepute when he publicly compared the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, while also remarking on bringing about regime change in Botswana.

The NDCA also dismissed the appeal by ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.