Carl Niehaus, an ANC rogue, has finally pushed his comrades too far. The Zuma supporter, who was heavily active in the party’s now-disbanded MKMVA branch, spent the last week kicking a hornet’s nest outside of Nkandla, leading illegal rallies outside of the former president’s home. His behaviour, on the other hand, has resulted in his expulsion from the party.
The ANC NEC stated in a letter to Niehaus that he was guilty of “bringing the party into discredit” due to his alleged provocative speech delivered to thousands of supporters. After the 61-year-old called on loyalists to form a human shield around Zuma on Tuesday, Jessie Duarte equated his language to that of terrorists.
“The NEC has noted with concern your inflammatory speeches made outside of Nkandla this week. They were broadcast on live TV, and have brought the ANC into disrepute. We have resolved that this conduct was a contravention of the party’s Constitution, and warrants disciplinary action. The NEC has also decided to temporarily suspend you from the ANC”
“It is reasonable to believe that you will continue with your acts of misconduct and cause further damage to the name and reputation of the ANC. The suspension comes into effect immediately and justified the removal of a 48-hour period for you to respond to the allegations. You can, however, appeal against this decision,” the letter read.
Carl Niehaus, who is known for his fiery retorts, responded to the suspension on Twitter with a fairly meek response. In a brief statement, he stated that he intends to appeal the verdict and described himself as a “committed liberation fighter.
I will appeal this suspension by @MYANC with immediate effect.
I remain a dedicated liberation fighter. pic.twitter.com/8Sy78fOkna
— Carl Niehaus (@niehaus_carl) July 7, 2021
Earlier in the day, Niehaus defended his usage of the term “human shield,” rejecting any terrorist overtones. The RET proponent contends that these phrases have a more tranquil meaning. His Tweets, however, had little effect on the NEC’s final judgment, as they overlooked Carl’s last-ditch attempt to explain himself.
“The description of a ‘human shield’ as a ‘terrorist phrase’ is totally wrong. The use of human shields was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi as a weapon of peace. In SA our people often used human shields to peacefully resist, and protect leaders against apartheid security forces aggression.”