Malema's home celebrates his fall

The Limpopo Province, home to axed ANC Youth League, has welcomed the five-year ban of the firebrand youth leader saying that it is a relief from violence.

Julius Malema
Julius Malema

According to TimeLive there were large convoys of cars on Thursday that noisily drove through the streets of Seshengo in Limpopo. "It's over with Malema. There will be peace in South Africa," sang a group of residents.

A community member, who did not want to be named, said: "We have had enough of Malema and his group, who had been looking at their own interests rather than those of the masses who voted them into power.

"He should have known that what goes around comes around."

Provoked division

Another said: "We want Sello Moloto back to lead Limpopo because there is a leadership vacuum," in apparent criticism of Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale's leadership style.

The ANC's national disciplinary committee suspended Malema for an effective five years on Thursday and ordered him to vacate his position.

He was found guilty of provoking division within the ruling party and of bringing the organisation into disrepute.

This was after Malema said earlier this year that the ANCYL would send a team to Botswana to consolidate local opposition parties and help bring about regime change there.

Malema later apologised for the remarks, but they were widely believed to have caused serious diplomatic embarrassment for the ANC.

In Zimbabwe news of the firebrand youth were received with mixed feelings with some sympathizing with Malema saying the issues he raised were genuine while others said that he was too radical and dangerous.

At one point Malema said of Zanu PF "Yes, we will support President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF to win the forthcoming general elections in Zimbabwe."

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