Julius Malema, South Africa’s outspoken ANC youth league president, has been cast into the political wilderness after he was suspended from the party for five years over charges of misconduct.
Mr Malema was found guilty by a disciplinary committee of the party for seeking to sow divisions by criticising President Jacob Zuma and bringing it into disrepute by calling for regime change in neighbouringBotswana.
The move will come as a major blow for Mr Malema, who joined the ANC when he was eight years old.
Brought up by his mother, a domestic worker, in ruralLimpopoprovince, he once said that the party was the “father figure” in his life.
He has suggested that the disciplinary action was motivated by “capitalists” within the organisation who want to silence his calls for Zimbabwe-style land seizures and mine nationalisation.
The Youth League President was sitting exams for a politics degree yesterday so not at the ANC headquarters in centralJohannesburgto hear the verdict. He will remain in his position as pending an appeal.