ANC closes Malema chapter

The ANC has announced that it will not review Julius Malema's expulsion.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday decided not to review Julius Malema's expulsion from the party.

General Secretary Gwede Mantashe said the decision was a robust, open and dispassionate one.

He said the expulsion would not be discussed at the ANC national policy conference later this month or at its elective conference in December.

He added that Malema's ANC membership will not be renewed.

The NEC met on Monday to discuss Malema's expulsion as well as the suspensions of league secretary Sindiso Magaqa and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

The ANCYL insisted the mother body wanted to remove its members because they were outspoken about issues such as the nationalisation of mines and the redistribution of land.

In 2011, Malema and other ANCYL leaders were found guilty of sowing division within the ANC and bringing the party into disrepute.

Malema was subsequently suspended for five years, but appealed the suspension.

The party's National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) then opted to expel Malema in April, after comments he made during a speech at Wits University.

Malema said Zuma had turned the ANC into an unbearable dictatorship.

The NDCA also announced that Magaqa's ANC membership would be suspended for twelve months and Shivambu for three years.

Malema failed to convince the party's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA) to turn the expulsion around in May.