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Malema, a vocal Zuma opponent and leader of the partyâ€™s powerful youth wing, appears to have exhausted all his options after months of appeals since a disciplinary charge last year.
The ANCâ€™s disciplinary appeals committee said in a statement it had dismissed Malemaâ€™s latest petition, confirming an earlier decision to expel him from the party.
Two of Malemaâ€™s allies in the ANC Youth League also lost similar appeals, but were suspended from the party, not expelled.
The ANC said in a separate statement it had been a â€œdifficult and painful decisionâ€ to subject Malema to discipline.
Despite the seemingly harsh punishment, the party appeared to leave the open the possibility of his eventual return.
â€œMany of those who have been subjected to the same process and sanction have in turn learnt from their mistakes and have become better members,â€ the ANC said.
â€œWe believe the same is possible for... Julius Malema.â€
Malema, one of the best orators in the ANC, has won wide popularity among poor South African youth with his calls for nationalisation of mines and seizure of white-owned land.â€”Reuters