Me­dia and NGOs blamed for cri­sis brew­ing in ANC

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TROU­BLES fac­ing the ANC were a re­sult of out­side in­flu­ences try­ing to desta­bilise the party, ANC Youth League con­vener Mzwandile Masina said yes­ter­day. “We have been talk­ing about the counter-revo­lu­tion that is as­sisted by a range of play­ers in so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing me­dia and in­ter­na­tional NGOs. And you can see how almost ar­ro­gant the op­po­si­tion has be­come in deal­ing with the ANC,” he told re­porters on the side­lines of the ANCYL con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence in Soweto.

“If you look at what’s hap­pen­ing in Par­lia­ment you get a sense that in­deed there are those who are hell bent on want­ing to en­sure that the democ­racy which took place on May 7 is not recog­nised.”

Masina said this was what Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma meant when he said the ANC was in trou­ble. “We are ba­si­cally be­ing held ran­som by those who did not get the majority of the votes.”

In his open­ing ad­dress to ANCYL on Wed­nes­day, Zuma said the party had been shaken and was in trou­ble. “We ad­mit that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is in trou­ble,” he told del­e­gates. “I can guar­an­tee you that if ev­ery­thing goes wrong in the ANC, ev­ery­thing will go wrong in this coun­try.”

The league was hold­ing a con­sul­ta­tive con­fer­ence this week dur­ing which del­e­gates would dis­cuss pol­icy and re­build­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The ANC dis­banded the league’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee last year and re­placed it with a na­tional task team (NTT).

The con­fer­ence was sup­posed to be an elec­tive one, but the NTT on Tues­day an­nounced that vot­ing for new lead­ers would no longer take place.

Lead­er­ship would be elected at a sec­ond con­fer­ence early next year. Some del­e­gates were up­set that they would not be able to vote, with a group from Gaut­eng boo­ing the decision and some ANC lead­ers. They calmed down be­fore Zuma ar­rived. – Sapa

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