Cracks in the ANCYL
’ WITH suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema fighting for his political life, his lieutenants are battling to thwart a looming rebellion as they purge anti-malema groupings from the league.
This week the ANCYL national executive committee (NEC) led by Malema s deputy Ronald Lamola
’ suspended three Mpumalanga youth leaders, which led to the resignation of 12 provincial executive committee members who quit in support of their suspended comrades. And yesterday, the Eastern Cape youth league leadership dissolved and suspended the pro-malema regional leadership of Nelson Mandela Metro region as cracks continued to widen in the wake of Malema s sus
from the region said their executive was dissolved because of its support for Malema and his NEC. They claim the provincial ANCYL leadership
– buoyed by Malema s suspension
’ – has been putting pressure on them to change their support for Malema.
Meanwhile, three ANCYL NEC members who did not wish to be named told Sunday World that the suspension of Thomas Bongo, Nathaniel Mashile and Sindisiwe Mkhumbane, which led to other leaders resigning in Mpumalanga, was not a decision of the league s
’ entire NEC but some individuals close to Malema.
They allege the decision was made by Malema and Lamola and was meant to assert Malema s
’ power in that province. Sibusiso Radebe speaking on
– behalf of the leaders who resigned
says the NEC told them they face – charges of undermining and insulting the elected leadership of Malema.
Radebe says the NEC was angered by the provincial league s
’ move to elect Bongo to serve as a member of the provincial executive committee (PEC). Bongo is seen to be close to Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, who is known to be Malema s foe.
’ Radebe says their crime was
“” to fill Lamola s position with
’ Bongo. Lamola had to vacate his position in the PEC after being elected to national office.
Four days after our decision, “disgruntled PEC members invited NEC members to come and bully us to rescind our decisions,” Radebe says.
He says following their decision, the league s NEC convened a
’ meeting that was attended by Lamola, the league s spokesperson
’ Magdelene Moonsamy, and other NEC members where Mashile, Bongo and Mkhumbane were suspended.
Provincial ANC Youth League chairman Kgotso Motloung confirms that the three were suspended: They were suspended
“with effect from Friday. We further noted that the “structures of the league could not proceed smoothly due to these comrades continued presence and
Motloung says the league further resolved to pass a motion of no confidence in the provincial secretary, Johan Mkhatshwa.
This resolution is based on “the total loss of confidence in the said office resulting in the malfunctioning of the organisation in the province,” Motloung says.
Johan failed dismally to exer“cise duties bestowed upon him by the constitution. His behavioural patterns in office amounted to dereliction of duty and insubordination, among other misdemeanours. He has therefore vacated his “seat immediately as secretary and will remain an ordinary member of the youth league.”
Motloung says the disciplinary committee process will begin with immediate effect as resolved by
“the PEC ”.
Radebe says they will approach the ANC leadership for intervention.
In Kwazulu-natal the dissolved ANCYL provincial structure is pushing for the total dissolution of the national league s leadership.
’ It is understood that Malema s
’ executive is also showing signs of cracks following his suspension.
WEAKENED: Julius Malema’s recent suspension has left the ANCYL in turmoil. Picture byvathiswa Ruselo