ANCYL march is ‘opportunistic’, says ANC region

2011-10-27 15:43

The ANC in Mpumalanga’s Ehlanzeni region is not supporting the youth league’s march on economic freedom because it is “opportunistic”.

Reading a statement of the region’s newly-elected leadership at a press conference, Ehlanzeni secretary Pat Ngomane said the region viewed the march, which started today, “as a means of exploiting genuine concerns of our people on matters of unemployment, poverty and inequality to pursue narrow self-interests.

“To the organisers of this march, we wish to remind them as Amilcar Cabral has said: ‘Tell no lies. Claim no easy victory. Mask no difficulties,’” Ngomane said.

“The Regional General Council (RGC) has directed all ANC members in the region not to participate in this march,” he added.

The region’s new leadership comprises Premier David Mabuza’s allies and its statement confirms tension between Mabuza and ANCYL president Julius Malema.

Mabuza did not want Malema re-elected for a second term and tried to convince the league in Mpumalanga to support Gauteng ANCYL league chairperson Lebohang Maile.

This he did to show his support for President Jacob Zuma’s second term in 2012.

The league, however, defied him and his former spokesperson, Ronald Lamola, was elected Malema’s deputy.

Lamola resigned last month.

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