Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema. Picture: Gallo Images
Rudzani Makumbe and Sapa
Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's hometown Seshego in Limpopo was quiet on Wednesday, following the confirmation of his expulsion from the ANC.
"Nothing happened, it was quiet, we have our crime prevention unit monitoring the area," said Limpopo police spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
In February, clashes broke out between Malema's security staff and an anti-Malema group outside his grandmother's home in Seshego, when the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) announced his expulsion from the party.
But on Tuesday night, after the National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal (NDCA) announced his expulsion, the streets of Seshego were quiet, with no sign of celebrations or protests.
Malema was originally suspended for five years for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute.
He was found to have done so by unfavourably comparing the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki, and for remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana.
He unsuccessfully appealed, but was granted leave to present evidence in mitigation to the NDC. However, on February 29 it announced that the sanction against him had been changed to an expulsion.
He again appealed and it was this appeal that the NDCA dismissed on Tuesday.
Last night, analyst Steven Friedman said this was the end of the road for Malema, and that the faction in the ANC's national executive committee that had used him in the past would no longer risk fighting for him.
"I doubt that they will continue to fight for Malema any more. Malema was not a problem, but a symptom of what is today a divided ANC.
"He may be gone, but the problems of the ANC being deeply divided by factions will remain to be a problem for the ANC," Friedman said.
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