Zapu in its statement commending the suspension said Malema deserved it.
“While the five-year suspension may seem harsh, Zapu believes Julius Malema deserved it or any other form of sanction because he wilfully and publicly criticised fellow party members.
Malema attempted to poison the cordial relations between the ANC and other its neighbours such as Botswana and Zimbabwe, by issuing ill-advised public statements tantamount to interference in the affairs of other countries”.
Zapu says Malema should take the suspension as a learning curve to mould his character and become a god leader. The Dabengwa-led party commended ANC for bringing Malema down who seemed to be untouchable.
The Movement for the Democratic Change (MDC-T) led by Morgan Tsvangirai also commended Julius Malema’s demise.
“We believe Mr Malema had become a liability not only to the ANC and South Africa but to the region and Africa as a continent. His outbursts and unabated rumblings over sovereign states had stirred anger in this region”, said Tapiwa Shumba, the party’s Secretary for information of the South Africa chapter.
“He is the author of his own demise. the ANCYL should immediately throw away the notes they got from Zanu-PF. They should proceed to renounce Zanu-PF as their coach,” added Shumba.
The Zimbabwe Students Alliance an organisation of Zimbabwean students learning out of the country says the suspension of Malema is a blow to the African youth.
Shepherd Dube, Director general of Zimbabwe Students Alliance says, “If the National Party could arrest and kill Steve Bantu Biko for preaching Black Consciousness and the ANC can fire President Malema for preaching change, what then is the difference between the two?”
The student body added, “ ANC is worse because it purports to be a social democratic party that embraces the values of democracy, freedom of speech and expression President Malema is a true inspiration to African Youths