Sunday 22 April 2018

ANC leader faces chop after 'sowing divisions'

Aislinn Laing in Johannesburg

JULIUS Malema, South Africa's controversial ANC Youth League President, is facing expulsion from the party over accusations that he is "sowing divisions" and bringing Nelson Mandela's liberation movement into disrepute.

Mr Malema (30) infuriated party members after he called for regime change in Botswana, saying Ian Khama, the country's president, was running a "puppet government" controlled by "imperialists".

The ANC said in a statement that Mr Malema had been charged for his Botswana "utterances" as well as for "sowing divisions in the ranks" of the party.

Mr Malema was once tipped by President Jacob Zuma as a future leader of the country and is at present seen as a kingmaker -- able to depose Mr Zuma by backing a rival candidate in forthcoming elections.

He is the only person since the ANC was voted into power in 1994 to face such censure. If found guilty, he could be suspended or even expelled.

Political commentators have warned he will not go without a fight and may "reveal the party's innermost secrets".

The ANC move represents the culmination of several months of woe for Mr Malema, who was recently accused of taking money from businessmen in return for helping to win them public tenders, a claim he denied. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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