ANCYL lam­basts Kgalema Mot­lanthe’s BBC re­marks

The New Age (Free State) - - POLITICS - BONOLO SELEBANO bono­los@the­newage.co.za

FOR­MER pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe’s re­marks that the ANC should lose the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions was yes­ter­day met with de­ri­sion from the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) who said he had yet to emerge from his 2012 elec­tion de­feat “hang­over”.

ANCYL pres­i­dent Collen Maine did not mince words when he ad­dressed Mot­lanthe’s re­marks to BBC’s Hardtalk that it would be good for the ANC to lose the 2019 poll on the grounds of ram­pant cor­rup­tion.

Maines said this was in­dica­tive of the for­mer pres­i­dent’s po­lit­i­cal bank­ruptcy.

“He is part of a crop of com­rades say­ing that should Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma emerge as party pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber, the ANC will not win elec­tions. It’s a con­certed ap­proach of want­ing to con­fuse South Africans,” Maine said.

“Our ap­peal to them is that when they raise is­sues, those is­sues must be raised within the struc­tures of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Mot­lanthe also stirred up a hor­net’s nest among the ANC faith­ful sev­eral years ago, when he sounded the death knell for the ANC-led tri­par­tite al­liance, say­ing it was no longer rel­e­vant.

Maine said Mot­lanthe should have known bet­ter, as a for­mer sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the ANC, not to air the party’s dirty linen in pub­lic.

“Com­rade Kgalema knows where Luthuli House is so he can en­gage with the ANC as well as other com­rades who have told them­selves the ANC will not be there if they are not at the helm of its lead­er­ship.”

Maine also re­ferred to the talks be­tween the ANC top six and its KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee to­day, over a re­cent Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court rul­ing which an­nulled the elec­tion re­sults of the party’s 2015 pro­vin­cial congress.

He said he was less than pleased with the trend of ANC in­ter­nal bat­tles be­ing re­solved in court.

“It’s strange and un­for­tu­nate. We have to deal with our is­sues in­ter­nally. Com­rades should not take is­sues to court over the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence,” Maine said.

He said there also rum­blings of other ANC PEC struc­tures be­ing threat­ened with sim­i­lar ac­tion over fac­tional pol­i­tics re­lated to the ANC’s De­cem­ber con­fer­ence.

“There’s a threat of a court case in the Free State be­cause the prov­ince will sup­port Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, there’s also one in the North West and then there’s this one of KZN.”

Kgalema Mot­lanthe

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