South Africa's ANC suspends its youth leader

November 10, 2011 - 5:50 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's governing African National Congress says its youth leader's membership in the party will be suspended for five years for sowing intolerance and disunity by criticizing the president and his policies.

Thursday's action, announced live on national television, followed months during which the ANC had seemed unwilling to crack down on Julius Malema, who is seen as a kingmaker in South Africa. The ANC also said Malema would no longer serve as the youth league president.

President Jacob Zuma's ability to seek a second term could depend on Malema's support.

Earlier Thursday, Malema received a suspended punishment on other charges.