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Malema chapter not closed - analysts

Analysts say South Africans have not heard the last from expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema laughs during a news briefing in Johannesburg on 5 March, 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say South Africans may have not heard the last of expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema yet.

In his latest swipe at the ANC, Malema on Friday told a gathering in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, that President Jacob Zuma is a tribalistic dictator who is dividing the ruling party.

He warned Zuma's supporters to be careful, saying the ANC leader would turn against them.

The ANC dismissed his comments as false and baseless.

Political analyst Dr. Somadoda Fikeni said Malema may not have a formal political platform, but that some of the issues he is raising may have currency within the formal structures. He said the fiery former ANCYL leader is likely to raise issues that are not debated openly.

On Tuesday, the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to not review Malema's expulsion from the party.

The party's National Disciplinary Committee decided to expel him in April, after he told a gathering at the Wits University in March that Zuma had turned the ANC into an unbearable dictatorship.

Malema then approached the party's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals to overturn the decision, but the NDCA upheld the decision.