A league of hot klaps, threats, victimisation and guns

2011-06-11 17:41

The road to the ANC Youth League’s elective conference in Midrand this week has been marked by accounts of assault, intimidation, threats, violence and victimisation directed at those opposed to Julius Malema’s bid for a second term as president.

League members in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Gauteng have told of their suffering at the hands of Malema supporters.

“This congress happens under the extreme fence of fear and intimidation in the structures of the league,” an ANCYL leader in KwaZulu-Natal said.

The Lower South Coast (LSC) region in KZN and the Vhembe and Waterberg regions in Limpopo were disbanded and new leaders sympathetic to Malema installed.

These regions had proved to be a thorn Malema’s side in his bid to retain control of the young lions.

It has now emerged that the ANCYL provincial general council (PGC) meeting in KwaZulu-Natal last week was marred by violence directed at Lebogang Maile supporters.

A delegate from the LSC region was allegedly assaulted during the PGC after seconding Wandile Mkhize for the league’s position of treasurer general.

Mkhize is a powerful LSC ­political figure and a Maile ally. He is credited with saving Andile Lungisa’s skin when the league’s inaugural national council last year called for his expulsion.

The league’s KZN leadership stands accused of using ­violence and intimidation in ­installing new leadership in the LSC’s Nzimakwe village in March this year.

Sources said provincial deputy chairperson Sindiso Magaqa, who is contesting the secretary general position, intimidated people by brandishing a gun at a meeting.

But ANCYL secretary in KZN Bheki Mtolo vehemently denied the incidents.

At least 60 police officials had to be called in after the meeting to disperse 270 local people who were preventing them from leaving, he said.

He said police were forced to use teargas when the mob started throwing stones at them.

Sources said some Maile supporters were also beaten up at Tshwane’s regional general council last week.

“We don’t hate Malema. He is a lovely, nice chubby boy who is very reserved and very quiet by nature.

He tends to lose it ­because of the excitement of the microphone,” said an ANCYL insider.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu poured scorn on all the allegations levelled against the league, saying “there is no such a thing”.

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