JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Factional fighting is turning the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, into a “shambles” ahead of a leadership election next year, senior ANC officials said on Wednesday.
The ANC, which helped liberate South Africa after decades of white minority rule but has failed to lift millions out of poverty, is embroiled in an internal struggle fronted by Youth League leader Julius Malema who appears to be seeking to oust President Jacob Zuma.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 16 (Reuters) – South African firebrand
Julius Malema won a small victory in a hearing that could derail
his political career when a disciplinary panel on Friday
provisionally withdrew a charge against him for inflaming
factionalism in the ruling party.
But African National Congress Youth League leader Malema,
named this week by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful
men in Africa, still faces suspension or expulsion from the ANC
if found guilty of other charges including bringing the ruling
party into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s firebrand ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was found guilty on Monday of hate speech for singing an apartheid-era song that called for the killing of white farmers.
The verdict against Malema, one of the country’s most prominent politicians, comes as he is fighting for his political survival in a separate disciplinary case brought by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which has charged him with bringing the party into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African court on Monday ruled that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema was guilty of uttering hate speech for singing an apartheid-era song that called for the killing of white farmers.
The verdict against Malema, one of the country’s most prominent politicians, comes as he is fighting for his political survival in a separate disciplinary case brought by the ruling African National Congress, which has charged him with bringing the party into disrepute.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The disciplinary hearing of
firebrand ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been
postponed from Monday to the following week so that all the
relevant parties can attend, the movement said in statement on
Malema, 30, on Friday lost his bid to have the charges
against him quashed and, if found guilty of bringing the African
National Congress into disrepute, faces suspension and even
possible expulsion from South Africa’s ruling party.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Firebrand ANC Youth League
leader Julius Malema, facing suspension from South Africa’s
ruling party, said on Monday he is ready to step down if it will
bring unity to a political group increasingly divided over his
calls to take over mines.
Malema, 30, faces a disciplinary hearing from Tuesday on
charges he has brought the ruling African National Congress into
disrepute and for sowing discord in the ranks — which could
bring suspension for several years if found guilty. Five other
top Youth League officials also face charges.
JOHANNESBURG, Aug 17 (Reuters) – South Africa’s proposed
National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, aimed at curing a broken
health system, is shaping up to be the most expensive government
programme since the end of apartheid and could push Africa’s
biggest economy into recession.
Plans to finance NHI will be worked out over the next
several months but one thing economists agree on is that tax
payers will be hard squeezed to fund the ambitious programme
that comes as jobs are being shed in a stagnant economy.
JOHANNESBURG, July 25 (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC
on said on Monday it will give its Youth League leader and
political powerbroker Julius Malema a chance to explain charges
made in a newspaper that he had a slush fund to pay for his
Malema’s call to nationalise mines and seize white-owned
land has unnerved investors but has also seen him gain ground
among poor blacks who make up the majority of the country and
envision him as a future leader of Africa’s most powerful
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The person regarded as the most credible alternative to replace South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma as the head of the ruling ANC has denied claims he will seek the party’s top job when it elects leaders next year.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, seen as a respected consensus builder, has been pushed by groups within the fractious African National Congress who want to oust an ineffectual Zuma seen as doing little to push their left-leaning agenda.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s trade union and party youth supporters are seeking concessions in return for backing him for a second term, fanning investor fears over the future of Africa’s biggest economy.
The COSATU labor federation expressed frustration at a strategy meeting this week at being marginalized by Zuma, despite having helped him win leadership of the African National Congress and the presidency, held by the ANC since 1994.