Aug. 30 - Supporters of South African ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in violent protest ahead of his Johannesburg disciplinary hearing. Travis Brecher reports.
Supporters of South Africa's ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema attack police ahead of a party disciplinary hearing that could derail his political career. They hurl stones at police, who respond with water cannons and stun grenades - and erect razor wire barricades. The violence erupted in central Johannesburg outside the African National Congress headquarters, where thirty-year-old Malema, along with the top five members of the League, will appear at the hearing scheduled to run all week. Charges leveled against Malema include bringing the ANC into disrepute by calling for a regime change in neighboring Botswana. The hearing is also risky for President Jacob Zuma, who hopes to be reelected ANC leader at a party meeting next year. Zuma rose to power with Malema's backing, but his rivals have since courted Malema to seize control. If Malema is suspended Zuma can likely thwart his rivals, but if the youth leader is exonerated the president could be fighting for his political survival. Travis Brecher, Reuters