South Africa's outspoken Julius Malema was fined $1,300 and ordered to attend anger management class for fomenting dissent within the African National Congress (ANC) party, and ejecting a BBC reporter from a press conference.
Mr. Malema – who had broken with the ANC by embracing Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s land-reform program, ejected a BBC reporter from a press conference, and continuing to sing a struggle-era song that urged ANC members to “shoot the boers” – will have to pay a 10,000 rand ($1,300) fine. He has also been ordered to apologize to President Jacob Zuma, andto attend anger management classes.
“The party is deeply divided, but this is not about Malema, and this is not about ideology,” says Mr. Friedman, director of the Democracy and Governance Program at the University of Johannesburg. “The people who find Malema useful, also find it useful to thump the nationalist tub to accumulate personal wealth and power. I think the fact that Malema has been forced to apologize is a setback for these people.”