ANC's Young Turk gets boot for dividing party
South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) kicked out its firebrand Youth League leader, Julius Malema, from the party for five years yesterday after finding him guilty of dividing and bringing the 99-year-old liberation movement into disrepute.
The decision to send him into the political wilderness dealt a major blow to the career of Mr Malema (30) whose push to nationalise mines in the world's biggest platinum producer has unnerved investors.
Derek Hanekom, head of the ANC disciplinary panel, said Mr Malema had been found guilty of causing party divisions.
"(His) careless pronouncements were a deviation of established and ongoing ANC policy and had the effect of embarrassing and bringing the organisation into disrepute," he said.