ANCYL miffed with Mbalula

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SAMKELO MT­SHALI

THE KwaZulu-Na­tal ANC Youth League yes­ter­day ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment in Fik­ile Mbalula af­ter he pub­licly ex­pressed his dis­ap­proval of Ace Ma­gashule’s en­dorse­ment for the po­si­tion of ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

Mbalula had tweeted that Ma­gashule was a “def­i­nite no” as Gwede Man­tashe’s suc­ces­sor, say­ing the Free State pre­mier would “fin­ish what is re­main­ing of our move­ment, he will kill it”.

Last week, the ANCYL un­veiled a list of its pre­ferred can­di­dates to take over the top ANC lead­er­ship po­si­tions at its elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

This in­cluded Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for pres­i­dent, David Mabuza for deputy pres­i­dent, Nathi Mthethwa as na­tional chair­per­son, Maite Nkoana-Masha­bane as trea­surer-gen­eral and Jessie Duarte as deputy sec­re­tarygen­eral.

The league said it wanted Mbalula to be the first ever sec­ond deputy sec­re­tary- gen­eral – a po­si­tion which does not ex­ist cur­rently.

KZN ANCYL chair­per­son Kwazi Mshengu said they were dis­ap­pointed that Mbalula, a for­mer leader of the ANCYL, had ex­pressed his views on a pub­lic plat­form.

“We are speak­ing about some­one here who has the phone num­bers of the youth league lead­er­ship – from the pres­i­dent and even the ma­jor­ity of us, he has our num­bers.

“If he had par­tic­u­lar views on the mat­ter, he should have called us and let us en­gage rather than en­gag­ing us on so­cial me­dia,” said Mshengu.

He said the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the youth league had agreed at its last meet­ing that an en­gage­ment with for­mer lead­ers on the mat­ter was nec­es­sary.

“Hav­ing said that, we re­spect his views and we think we will get a proper plat­form to en­gage him. And even­tu­ally we will find each other,” Mshengu said.

He also rub­bished claims that the league’s list of pre­ferred lead­ers had been dic­tated to by the so-called pre­mier league, say­ing it was a prod­uct of in­ter­nal dis­cus­sions.

“We think it is just some­thing that is used to dirty what we have come up with as our pre­ferred lead­er­ship,” Mshengu said, adding that they were still open to per­sua­sion.

Mandla Shange, the spokesper­son for the ANCYL in KZN, said all mem­bers of the party had the right to par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions about the lead­er­ship, and that was why they had pro­posed Ma­gashule.

His slat­ing of Ma­gashule raised hack­les

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