The appeal process of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is moving at a snail’s pace, which could be due to the high profile of the case against the embattled leader, a political analyst said yesterday.
Susan Booysen, political analyst from Wits University, told The New Age it appeared that the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals (NDCA) panel wanted to make sure there was accuracy in every aspect of the process.
“I don’t like guessing but I think they are still going through all the documents in order to avoid making mistakes,” said Booysen.
Another analyst, Steven Friedman, echoed Booysen’s sentiments, saying that the NDCA panel might be carefully studying every piece of evidence in front of them.
“Malema’s indication to take the matter to court has presumably given them a reason to be more careful.”
Friedman said the ANC was divided on Malema’s expulsion, but could not cite this as one of the reasons for the delay of the appeal hearing.
The ANC yesterday remained silent on the matter, as spokesperson Keith Khoza said they were still waiting for the NDCA to give them the date of the hearing.
“We don’t know anything at the moment as the matter is handled by the NDCA,” said Khoza.
Malema has recently contended through the media that the appeal process dragged on for much longer than required by the ANC constitution.
He said he would contest his dismissal in a court of law should the NDCA uphold the decision of the national disciplinary committee (NDC) to kick him out of the party.
According to Malema, the ANC’s constitution stipulates that the appeal hearing should be concluded within six months. Khoza could not confirm this but referred enquiries to the NDCA.
In spite of all these complaints, Booysen said Malema was unlikely to win the battle to remain ANCYL leader.
“It seems there will be some protests by Malema’s supporters after the appeal process. They might fight for his reinstatement to the ANC,” she said.
The ANC cut all ties with Malema for bringing the movement into disrepute and sowing divisions in its ranks. ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was slapped with a three-year suspension. The duo has since appealed the sanctions.
Despite his expulsion, Malema has persisted with his public outbursts against the ANC leaders and to the surprise of many, he publicly apologised for having offended the ANC leadership with what he called “my contributions”.
ANCYL spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said she was not in a position to comment on Malema’s intentions to take the legal route. “We are waiting for the NDCA verdict before deciding on the way forward.”
• Siyabonga Mkhwanazi reports that Parliament has been urged to prevent the country’s spies from being involved in the ANC’s factional battles ahead of the ruling party’s elective conference in Mangaung.
This was a request made by the Open Democracy Advice Centre to MPs yesterday in its plea that the intelligence agencies must not be used to fight political battles.
Briefing the ad hoc committee on the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill, head of the advice centre Alison Tilley said in view of the allegations that have emerged that intelligence agencies were involved in factional fights in the ruling party Parliament must step in.
The bill is aimed at collapsing all seven intelligence structures into the State Security Agency.
As recently as last week Malema told public protector Thuli Madonsela at the National Press Club that he would soon lodge a complaint with her office about organs of state being used to fight factional battles.
It is not the first time the intelligence agencies have been drawn into the ANC’s factional battles. In the build-up to the party’s 2007 Polokwane conference supporters of the ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma accused then president Thabo Mbeki of using organs of state to fight Zuma.
Tilley said in light of these allegations emerging that intelligence agencies were involved in the factional battles, parliamentarians must take steps. She also raised concern about corruption within the State Security Agency and said it did not appear the problem was being addressed.
But ANC MP Ben Fihla said an integrated agency would be better controlled and thwart attempts aimed at corruption.