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‘Disrepute probe’ of ANC’s Malema

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The youth leader of South Africa’s ruling ANC, Julius Malema, will face a disciplinary hearing for bringing the party into disrepute, reports say.

The reports in South African media say the charges are believed to include promoting racism and intolerance.

Mr Malema recently embarrassed the ANC by ejecting a BBC reporter from a news briefing.

He has also defied a party order to stop singing a song inciting hatred against white farmers.

Mr Malema has also ignored ANC policy by publicly supporting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

‘Colourful insults’

Reports in South African media say the ANC Secretary-General, Gwede Mantashe, has already written to Mr Malema informing him about the charges.

A disciplinary action against the youth leader is expected to be discussed at an ANC meeting on Monday and measures could reportedly range from a reprimand to expulsion.

Last month, a judge convicted Julius Malema of hate speech for his comments about the woman who had accused President Jacob Zuma of rape.

The Equality Court judge ordered him to make an unconditional apology and pay 50,000 rand ($6,700; £4,500) to a centre for abused women.

The ANC Youth League leader had said the woman must have had a “nice time”. Mr Zuma was acquitted of rape.

Mr Malema, a close ally of Mr Zuma, is a controversial figure known for using colourful insults against anyone who crosses him.

He recently said he was the victim of a smear campaign after he was accused of living a lavish lifestyle while posing as a champion of the poor.

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