ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema believes that he is being treated unfairly. This is after he was told that he will be allowed to argue in mitigation of his sentence for only two hours, he told delegates at an ANCYL Lekgotla in Pretoria at the weekend.
The ANC’s appeals committee, led by Cyril Ramaphosa, last week upheld a decision by ANC’s disciplinary committee to suspend the youth leader from the ANC and ANCYL for five years. The appeals committee however allowed Malema three days to argue in mitigation of his sentence. The mitigation process is scheduled to start today (Monday, 13 Feb. 2012).
Meanwhile, ANC president Jacob Zuma described Malema as “immature” and “weak”. Zuma reportedly warned those leaders who “cross the line” by supporting Malema.
“I don’t think he (Malema) was in a position to understand how the ANC was acting, I think his understanding was that this organisation is weak, you can do whatever you want to do.
“I think that’s why the ANC now needs to act and act resolutely,” Zuma is reported as having said, during an interview with Independent Newspapers.