The ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals (NDCA) is today expected to announce the confirmation of youth league leader Julius Malema’s expulsion from the party, highly placed sources have told The New Age.
The NDCA is also expected to rule on the five-year suspension of ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and one-year suspension of its secretary-general Sindiso Maqaqa.
The confirmation of the expulsion of Malema from the ANC will spell the widely predicted death knell of his political future in the party and comes at a time when the Hawks and the taxman are preparing to swoop on the embattled youth leader.
Malema was expelled from the ANC in November last year for sowing division within the party and for bringing it into disrepute. He was also silenced earlier this month when the ANC’s national disciplinary committee suspended him from the party after he called President Jacob Zuma a dictator.
The conditions of the suspension prohibited him from exercising any duty as an ANC member, president of the ANCYL or member of Limpopo province’s executive committee.
Recent public utterances by Malema were that he was expecting his expulsion from the party and that he was preparing to challenge the final decision of the NDCA in court.
The NDCA decision comes at a time when the ANCYL is torn apart on the Malema affair and is expected to spark battles in the race to succeed him and the key positions filled by Shivambu and Maqaqa.
In recent weeks, there has been intense speculation on the front-runners to succeed Malema. Ronald Lamola, ANCYL deputy president, and Pule Mabe, treasurer-general, have emerged as the most likely successors.
Following Malema’s recent suspension from all activities in the ANC and its youth league, Lamola stepped up to the plate and positioned himself as the league’s chief spokesperson and a unifier of sorts.
The NDCA decision is also expected to be the clearest signal yet that the ANC is serious about clamping down on the growing indiscipline within its ranks.