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Mandela’s Ex-Wife May Defend Malema in ANC Disciplinary Hearings

October 26, 2011

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife may defend Julius Malema, leader of the ruling African National Congress’s youth wing, in party disciplinary hearings today.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Tony Yengeni, both members of the ANC’s highest decision-making body, may testify as witnesses for Malema at the National Disciplinary Committee hearings, ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said in a phone interview.

Malema, 30, has campaigned for the nationalization of South Africa’s mines. He and five other Youth League leaders were charged with undermining the party and bringing it into disrepute after he described the government of neighboring Botswana as a “puppet of the West” and vowed to work with opposition parties to push for its downfall.

Today’s hearings will take place at the Rand Stadium in southern Johannesburg, where the discovery of gold led to the formation of South Africa’s commercial capital in the 1880s.

This is the final day for defense witnesses to testify before closing arguments will be heard on Nov. 3, Khoza said. A ruling will be made “a few days” after that, he said.

--Editors: Karl Maier, Antony Sguazzin

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