Malema disciplinary hearing venue changed

Johannesburg - The African National Congress has changed the venue for the disciplinary hearings against the youth league's leadership, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday evening, after a day of riots by supporters of ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

"We are changing the venue of the hearing to somewhere outside the city," Mantashe said to media at Luthuli House.

He said the ANC was changing the venue not because it thought the situation was out of control, but because of the inconvenience to people who work in the city centre.

"We can't be insensitive to people who must do business in the CBD."

The new venue would not be announced.

Malema, spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, deputy president Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, his deputy Kenetswe Mosenogi, and treasurer general Pule Mabe face charges of bringing the ANC into disrepute and sowing divisions in ANC ranks.

Malema recently said the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change, as it believed the government there was "in full co-operation with imperialists" and was undermining the "African agenda".

Rioters earlier in the day thronged Johannesburg's city centre, hurling broken bricks at police and journalists and burning pictures of President Jacob Zuma in the name of Malema.

Rubber bullets and teargas were fired several times during the day at Malema supporters, who broke off pieces of concrete barriers, cut through yellow tape used to close off streets and set dustbins alight.

Shops shut their doors after rioters banged on windows and threw pieces of glass at them, while several banks in the city closed early.

Windows of some buildings in the area were smashed by stone-throwers.

Lyndatjie 2011-08-30 06:32:13 PM
Ha ha ha... BRILLIANT! Take that Les Infants... the grownups are here!
Shrike 2011-08-30 06:38:23 PM
probably should have had the meeting outside the city in the first place... let them throw stones out in the bush where they can't do so much damage... and away from the KFC.... no food, no rioting.... lol
THE.SRG 2011-08-30 06:38:39 PM
move it to where you want but it wont stop the trash from doing what they know best
Grant 2011-08-30 06:40:07 PM
I'm afraid that I'm still sceptical, too little to late, this was foreseen, at least by the police and should have been preempted. Yet again even more irreparable damage has been done to the SA image and credibility- the video's are already on the UK news sites.
fransvisserdsb 2011-08-30 06:42:08 PM
A sad indictment on the lack of control - when the party leadership cannot control their own members sufficiently to ensure that disciplinary proceedings can be completed without threats or intimidation... and they have to move proceedings to a secret venue, it means they do not have control over their own party, much less the country. the ANCYL tactics are scary - much the same that was followed prior to Zuma's acquittal... the judge in that case had no choice, unless he wanted Maritzburg to burn. I repeat - you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind...
gatvol4corru 2011-08-30 06:43:42 PM
Move the venue to Jacob's mansion! He is never there and there is even a heli-pad for Juju!
frankm 2011-08-30 06:45:13 PM
Put them in the bush thats where they belong anyway
UnproudSA 2011-08-30 06:46:19 PM
What about a pig sty. Malema is the pig, and the sty is easy to find
Coffeeor Me 2011-08-30 06:50:39 PM
I was looking at the pictures posted, of the supporters at Luthuli House, I FAIL to understand the concept YOUTH. Have you seen half the supporters are geriatrics! Clearly rent a crowd to support the boy, was the order of the day. Well! if Julius Malema has a living brain cell in his head he will hang his head in utter shame to think this is what he is the president of. They all want him as president can you imagine the pitty the man will be greeted with when he meets the G8 leaders? Imagine your best horror movie, this will have nothing on it. Mr Malema, you succeeded in making a fool of the ANC and South Africa, how much more damage do you want to do before you STOP!!!!!!!!!!!
Scamatoon 2011-08-30 07:01:42 PM
So what happend in the hearing today then? Nothing?