ANCYL in Gaut­eng turns against JZ

Sunday Observer - - NEWS -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - As the drama in­ten­si­fies around Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s ex­pected de­par­ture from of­fice, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Gaut­eng has called on its na­tional struc­ture to move on and dis­band its sup­port for him.

ANCYL, the ANC Women’s League and Umkhonto we Sizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion have been Zuma’s staunch­est back­ers over the years and were be­hind Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s failed pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Fol­low­ing the pres­i­dent's re­fusal to vol­un­tar­ily step down when in­structed by the ANC Top Six, which trig­gered a spe­cial meet­ing of the party’s Na­tional Exec- utive Com­mit­tee (NEC) aimed at re­call­ing him, ANCYL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza said they would block the plans.

Nzuza said Zuma’s re­moval would be a purge of those who dis­agreed with the new ANC lead­er­ship. But Gaut­eng ANCYL spokesper­son Matome Chiloane has slammed Zuma’s con­tin­ued de­fence, say­ing the league’s na­tional lead­er­ship need to deal with re­al­ity.

“They must move on, they know there is a new lead­er­ship now and there is a new pres­i­dent and his name is Cyril. We must all fully rally be­hind the new lead­er­ship and al­low Cyril to lead.”

Chiloane added while the league backed Zuma over the years, there was no ba­sis for de­fend­ing him now.

ANC na­tional spokesper­son Mlondi Mkhize has also in­di­cated the league would op­pose moves to re­move Zuma be­fore the end of his term.

But ANCYL Pres­i­dent Collen Maine, who has been elected to the ANC’s NEC has in­di­cated he would rally be­hind the new lead­er­ship.

Af­ter his elec­tion to the NEC, youth league struc­tures were en­gaged in in­tense lob­by­ing for a new Pres­i­dent. The man­date of the cur­rent na­tional lead­er­ship was set to end in Au­gust but some struc­tures were cur­rently push­ing for the na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence to be held as early as May or June.

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