Man­tashe cau­tions league on vi­o­lence

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THE ANC has urged its youth­wing mem­bers to de­sist from acts of vi­o­lence dur­ing the ANC Youth League na­tional con­fer­ence, which starts to­day in Soweto.

“Our mes­sage is that young peo­ple must be able to en­gage with­out fight­ing. They must en­gage ro­bustly and not fight,” ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe said yes­ter­day.

He was speak­ing at a post-ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing me­dia brief­ing in Joburg.

The road to the ANCYL con­fer­ence, to be held at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Soweto cam­pus, has been marred by acts of vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion be­cause of dis­putes over branch mem­ber­ship au­dits, among oth­ers.

Such has been the level of vi­o­lence that most prov­inces have not been able to hold their re­gional con­fer­ences or provin­cial gen­eral coun­cils to fi­nalise their pol­icy mat­ters.

Man­tashe said while the ANCYL must be a vi­brant or­gan­i­sa­tion, it must do so within the guide­lines of the ANC.

“The league must mo­bilise young peo­ple and it must al­ways gen­er­ate ideas and push the ANC to the limit in terms of dis­cus­sions of is­sues. (But that must be done) within the norms of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is nor­mal,” he said.

Man­tashe was asked about re­ports that the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion had re­quested the league’s for­mer trea­surer-gen­eral, Pule Mabe, to with­draw from the pres­i­den­tial race be­cause of his pend­ing court case for fraud, money laun­der­ing and theft for al­legedly de­fraud­ing the SA So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency. Man­tashe was non­com­mit­tal.

“I choose not to dis­cuss that in pub­lic, be­cause the in­tegrity com­mis­sion is deal­ing with many is­sues and it will be irre-

We en­cour­age them to en­gage but not to fight

spon­si­ble for me to dis­cuss that. So I don’t want to get into the de­tails of the Mabe case and say this is what the ANC says,” Man­tashe said.

When asked whether the ANC was sat­is­fied with the work of the ANCYL na­tional task team to re­build the league, he said: “The ANCYL task team have over 40 re­gional con­fer­ences of the 53 re­gions. That is good work from where I am seated.”

PIC­TURE: DU­MISANI SIBEKO

‘BE­HAVE’: ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe and spokesman Zizi Kodwa at the ANCYL con­fer­ence.

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