Mantashe cautions league on violence
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.”
‘BEHAVE’: ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and spokesman Zizi Kodwa at the ANCYL conference.