ANC Youth League leaderless in seven provinces

2013-06-10 14:37

Seven of the provinces and a number of regions are without ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leaders after the organisation’s national task team wielded the knife over the weekend.

Task team convenor Mzwandile Masina told journalists at a press briefing at Luthuli House today that a weekend meeting resolved to disband the league’s leadership in Limpopo, North West, the Free State and the Northern Cape.

Gauteng was still under consideration and the Eastern Cape is set to be visited by the task team soon.

The league in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape had been disbanded previously.

The youth league’s national leadership was disbanded by the ANC earlier this year.

Masina said the league had positioned itself as an “opposition from within the ANC” before and after the governing party’s conference in Mangaung last year.

“Ill discipline, anarchy, factionalism and circumventing of organisational processes was the order of the day ... as they were service to a particular faction then at the helm of the ANCYL,” he said in a statement.

“Any dissenting voice was viciously dealt with, structures were dissolved and membership was denied or suspension effected.”

In Limpopo, three regions were disbanded, with three still under consideration; in the Free State, five regions were disbanded and one would be launching structures to go to a conference soon; in North West four regions were disbanded; in the Northern Cape three were dissolved, while two would be assisted to launch new structures; in Mpumalanga four regions were dissolved; in the Western Cape the Dullah Omar region was disbanded while two are to be reconstituted and three regions are still to be assessed. In KwaZulu-Natal, four regions were disbanded, while four regions will prepare for conferences while two are still to be assessed.

In Gauteng, four regions were disbanded.

Masina said the league would ask the ANC for special permission for its KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga structures to go to conference later this year, because “this could assist with the elections (next year)”.

The ANC has banned its structures from having conferences after July so that they could concentrate on election campaigning.

Masina also said the league discussed the debts due for its 2008 conference at the University of the Free State, and would be thinking of ways to repay it.

He said the events company ZC Presentations CC had no legal basis for applying to liquidate the league.

“We are working with the ANC to amicably resolve the matter, satisfying all parties involved, as we believe that it is not the University of the Free State’s intention to want to vanquish the ANCYL or play petty politics.”

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