Ill-dis­ci­plined KZN Youth League to be taught po­lit­i­cal les­son by ANC

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IN­TENSE po­lit­i­cal lessons have been ar­ranged for the ANC Youth League in KwaZu­luNatal to stop its ill-dis­ci­plined prac­tice of cam­paign­ing for AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma ahead of the party open­ing the suc­ces­sion de­bate.

ANC provin­cial sec­re­tary Su­per Zuma told a me­dia con­fer­ence in Dur­ban yes­ter­day that the lessons were learnt at the fol­low-up to a meet­ing last year where the youth league’s be­hav­iour was dis­cussed.

“Some­times you ed­u­cate peo­ple through po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion. That is why we want to meet with the lead­er­ship of the ANCYL, par­tic­u­larly the PWC (provin­cial work­ing com­mit­tee) of the ANCYL,” he said.

Zuma was brief­ing jour­nal­ists about ar­range­ments for the KwaZulu-Natal Jan­uary 8 state­ment rally to be ad­dressed by provin­cial chair­man Sihle Zikalala and ANC Trea­surer-General Zweli Mkhize in KwaDukuza Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, on the north coast, on Sun­day.

He said dur­ing last year’s meet­ing be­tween him­self and the league’s provin­cial sec­re­tary Than­dux­olo Sa­belo, he had an un­der­stand­ing that the league had un­der­stood and re­gret­ted its mis­take.

How­ever, this week Sa­belo made it clear that the league did not re­gret hav­ing pre­ma­turely en­dorsed Dlamini Zuma to take over from Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as the leader of the rul­ing party.

The suc­ces­sion de­bate has al­ready started to di­vide the ANC be­tween Dlamini Zuma’s back­ers – ANCYL, MK Vet­er­ans and the ANC Women’s League – and sup­port­ers of deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa – Cosatu-aligned ANC sup­port­ers.

“But whether they are in­sist­ing that there is noth­ing wrong our (pre­vi­ous) dis­cus­sions in­di­cated that we are on one page, that it was wrong to pro­nounce be­fore the ANC says the dis­cus­sions can start,” Zuma said.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa had this week con­demned party struc­tures that had started nom­i­nat­ing can­di­dates for the De­cem­ber con­fer­ence as be­ing di­vi­sive.

Zuma said the prov­ince would abide by the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion to cease all suc­ces­sion dis­cus­sion, and fo­cus on unit­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion and for­mu­lat­ing guide­lines for dis­cus­sions dur­ing the pol­icy con­fer­ence and the elec­tive con­fer­ence.

Zuma said the po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion, which had since been sched­uled for “the next two or three weeks” would help the youth league to toe the line.

“We were try­ing to con­vene a meet­ing for (next) Mon­day where the of­fi­cials of the ANC would be meet­ing with them. The meet­ing has since been post­poned be­cause of some lo­gis­ti­cal ar­range­ments.

“Some of our of­fi­cials would be out of the coun­try,” Zuma said.

He said the se­ri­ous­ness of the en­gage­ment with the ANCYL would re­quire top five mem­bers of the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee from both sides to be in­volved.

“The whole PWC should be there just to dis­cuss po­lit­i­cally what it means to con­duct our­selves within the prin­ci­ples and val­ues of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said Zuma.

How­ever, he had lit­tle hope the meet­ing would im­me­di­ately yield pos­i­tive re­sults.

“Such things won’t be an event, com­rades would have to be en­gaged,” he said.

Sa­belo said the league had ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

He said their de­ci­sion to break the ANC in­struc­tions had not cre­ated ten­sions be­tween the league and its mother body.

“If the ANC thinks we have over­stepped the mark, it is tra­di­tional that they meet with us and ex­plain those things to us and we agree with them.

“We are al­ways happy for strate­gic po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion that the ANC gives.

“We al­ways ac­cept their wis­dom,” said Sa­belo.

ANC chair­man for Greater KwaDukuza Ri­cardo Mthembu said all the branches in his re­gion had agreed on who should be the next party pres­i­dent, but they would make the pro­nounce­ment once the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil opened the suc­ces­sion de­bate.

We are al­ways happy for strate­gic po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion that the ANC gives

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