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ANC suspends Malema

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 01:24

Nov. 10 - South Africa's ruling ANC party suspends its Youth League leader Julius Malema for five years after finding him guilty of sowing division. Simon Hanna

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE**~ Julius Malema, Youth League Leader of South Africa's ruling ANC party, attending a rally in October. But an ANC ruling on Thursday means that Malema will no longer play an important role in the party, after he was suspended for five years. Supporters gathered outside the ANC headquarters where the verdict was announced after Malema was found guilty of sowing division. Some Johannesburg residents felt that the suspension was more than he deserved. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHANNESBURG RESIDENT PHILLIP ZWANE: "I think the sentence is too harsh for him you see, because he was vocal you understand, and I do no think there will be someone else who will be like Malema. Maybe someone else will come but I do not think so." Although it can be appealed, the decision dealt a major blow to the political career of Malema and his push to nationalise South Africa's mines. One of the ANC's most popular politicians, Malema won the admiration of millions of poor South Africans but alarmed investors. His suspension could help pave the way for incumbent President Jacob Zuma to secure a second term as ANC leader, and therefore his second term as the country's president. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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ANC suspends Malema

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 01:24