ANC spokesper­son on the of­fen­sive

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

ANC na­tional spokesper­son Pule Mabe has lashed out at dif­fer­ent ANC youth league struc­tures re­leas­ing state­ments de­fend­ing for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and in­sult­ing ANC Youth League’s na­tional task team co­or­di­na­tor Si­bongile Be­sani for quit­ting.

The league, which was dis­solved last year, is set to sit for its 26th na­tional con­fer­ence next month.

Dif­fer­ent pro­vin­cial struc­tures of the league – in­clud­ing those in Gaut­eng, Free State, Lim­popo and

Kwa-Zulu Na­tal – as well as the na­tional task team, ex­pressed anger at a war­rant of ar­rest be­ing is­sued against the for­mer pres­i­dent for his fail­ure to at­tend pro­ceed­ings in his cor­rup­tion trial.

They have con­demned the de­ci­sion by the KZN High Court in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg, la­belling it as “vin­dic­tive”.

It threat­ened to mo­bilise in de­fence of the for­mer leader.

The task team’s state­ment, which was is­sued on be­half of both its con­vener Thandi Ma­ham­behlala

and Be­sani, re­sulted in Be­sani re­sign­ing from his role, com­plain­ing that it was done in his name with­out his aware­ness of such a stance.

“It’s never hap­pened that struc­tures of the league that don’t have le­git­i­macy can speak in a man­ner that the youth league is do­ing to­day,” said Mabe.

He was speak­ing at the funeral ser­vice of for­mer ANCYL Peter Mok­aba re­gional chair­per­son Cas­tro Modiba in Lim­popo on Satur­day. – News24 wire

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