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Apr 25 2012 10:49AM
Cosatu accepts Malema decision
Cosatu’s national spokesperson Patrick Craven. Picture: Gallo Images
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The Congress of the SA Trade Unions has accepted the expulsion of ANCYL president Julius Malema from its alliance partner ANC, spokesman Patrick Craven said on Wednesday.

"As we have said before ... we accept and respect the decisions of the ANC disciplinary procedures and we feel it would not be right to comment," Patrick Craven said.

"Each component of the alliance has its own rules and procedures and we respect those and we would not like to comment on them," Craven said.

Cosatu has previously distanced itself from commenting on Malema citing "it's not our business."

They did however come out last year and say that finding him guilty of hate speech for singing "dubhula ibhunu" (shoot the boer) was a gross insult to the country's past, when the Equality Court in Johannesburg ruled against him.

The ANC National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals on Tuesday upheld the decision of the ANC National Disciplinary Committee to expell the ANCYL leader from the party.

Malema was found guilty of sowing divisions within ANC and bringing the party into disrepute and was requested to vacate his position as President of the party's Youth league.

Malema had been previously suspended for five years in which he appealled.

On February 29 the NDC announced that the sanction against him was being increased to one of expulsion.

He again appealed and it was this appeal that the NDCA dismissed on Tuesday.

The expelled youth league leader recently landed into hot water when he called ANC president Jacob Zuma a "dictator."

General secretary of the league Sindiso Magaqa on Tuesday had his sentence of suspension reduced from three years to one year.

Magaqa was punished for making derogatory remarks about Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. Initially, his suspension was contingent on him apologising to Gigaba within 15 days. Magaqa apologised to Gigaba in a statement sent to the media on March 10.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was also found guilty of sowing division and bringing the ANC into disrepute. He was suspended from the ANC for three years for swearing at a journalist and for issuing a statement calling for a change of government in Botswana.

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