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ANC charges Malema for sowing divisions

Aug 19 2011 13:04 Reuters

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Johannesburg - The ANC on Friday charged controversial youth leader Julius Malema with "sowing divisions" in its ranks and bringing the party into disrepute.

Malema, president of the ANC Youth League, has been under fire over the youth wing's calls for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of neighbouring Botswana.

The ANC's disciplinary committee said Malema has been charged with violating the principles of the party.

"Comrade Julius Malema has been charged with various violations of the ANC Constitution, including bringing the ANC into disrepute through his utterances and statements on Botswana and sowing divisions in the ranks of the African National Congress," the party said in a statement.

Malema's repeated calls to nationalise mines and seize white-owned land has unnerved investors but he has become a hero among poor blacks who make up the majority of the country and envision him as a future leader of South Africa.

He has been under pressure in recent weeks due to a series of media reports over his finances and the ANC ripping into the Youth League over its comments on Botswana.

The Youth League apologised to the ANC over Botswana.

Malema has no direct policymaking power in the ANC but his ability to influence millions of poor people puts him in an influential position, with senior leaders - including President Jacob Zuma - seeking his support ahead of an ANC meeting next year when the party elects its leaders.

It was also reported on Friday that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela plans a probe into the possible illegal awarding of government contracts to a firm linked to Malema.

Madonsela will look into whether On-Point Engineering, the firm linked to Malema, was able to win contracts through political power, local media reported on Friday.

"(The public protector) will investigate the conduct within the state entities that led to the awarding of the tenders," spokesperson Kgalelelo Masibi told Sapa news agency.

Masibi and the Youth League were not immediately available for comment. 

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