ANCYL lambasts Kgalema Motlanthe’s BBC remarks
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.”