Julius Malema will continue to perform his duties as president of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) despite his suspension by the ANC, the ANCYL said on Sunday.
“The NEC agreed that ANC Youth League President should continue participating as a President of the ANC Youth League and perform all his functions as a President, because the decision to temporarily suspend has not been officially communicated to the ANCYL as a structure of the ANC,” the league said in a statement.
A previous meeting of the NEC resulted in a “mandate to protect and defend the autonomy of the ANCYL by not agreeing with the removal or release of any of the elected leaders of the ANC Youth League until 2014.”
The decision was made following a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Sunday to discuss Malema’s April 4 suspension from the ruling party.
The ANC’s national disciplinary committee suspended Malema for calling President Jacob Zuma a dictator. This was a temporary immediate suspension.
The conditions of the suspension prohibits him from exercising any duty as an ANC member, president of the ANCYL or member of the Limpopo provincial executive committee.
According to reports on Saturday Malema’s lawyers had filed papers with the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeal against his suspension from the party.
On Thursday Malema’s appeal hearing on his expulsion from the party was postponed.
Malema was expelled from the ANC in February for “sowing division in the party” and for “bringing it into disrepute”. He remains ANCYL president until all options to overturn his suspension have been exhausted.