ANCYL to hold Eastern Cape conference in August

2010-07-19 12:07

The ANC Youth League will hold an elective conference in the Eastern Cape at the beginning of next month to re-elect representatives after national leadership disbanded the previous structures, a spokesperson said.

They had also instructed their lawyers to file an appeal against a Grahamstown High Court ruling last week, which reinstated the league’s provincial executive committee, Floyd Shivambu explained.

The judgment was not based on the view that the disbanding of the provincial structure was incorrect, but on the judge’s interpretation of whether the league was a federal or a unitary organisation.

The former is an organisation with self-governing units, while in the latter authority is vested in a centralised structure like a national executive committee.

Shivambu said the league’s highest decision-making body decided to disband instead of dissolve them.

Dissolution meant they would still have a limited role in decision making, but disbandment meant they had no future role in the organisation.

The court also halted a further attempt by the national executive committee to hold a provincial elective conference, unless the gathering was convened “with the participation of the PEC (provincial executive committee)”.

The league was to tell former Limpopo chairperson Lehlogonolo Masoga today what his punishment would be, after he was found guilty of “grave” and “serious” offences by the league’s national disciplinary committee.

This related to developments at a conference the league attempted to hold in Makhado, Limpopo in April, where he was ousted as provincial chairperson at a chaotic conference. He was replaced by Frans Moswane, who is aligned to league president Julius Malema.

Masoga said the conference was unlawful and claimed the new leaders were elected after Malema took over the proceedings.

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