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

’ pen­sion.

Two lead­ers

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

’ in­ter­fer­ence.”

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

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