ANCYL’s Masoga found guilty

2010-07-16 15:53

Former ANCYL Limpopo chairperson Lehlogonolo Masoga has been found

guilty of “grave and serious” offences by the Youth League’s national

disciplinary committee, which could see him expelled, his backers said

today.

Masoga applied for an urgent interdict last month to stop the

league from proceeding with the disciplinary hearing, a process he felt was

flawed.

On Tuesday he and the league agreed to have the case struck off the

court roll to allow the ANC, the league’s motherbody, time to intervene.

Yesterday he received an SMS requesting that he again appear before

the disciplinary committee. He condemned the move, saying the league’s leaders

had not given the ANC time to mediate.

Floyd Shivambu, spokesperson for the Youth League, said today that

Masoga then attempted, for a second time, to haul league bosses to court over

the disciplinary proceedings, but failed.

The Johannesburg South High Court dismissed Masoga’s second attempt

at obtaining an interdict with costs.

Shivambu said the court found Masoga’s approach “unbecoming” and

urged him to deal with the matter internally.

In a fax detailing the findings of the disciplinary committee in

the Masoga matter, committee chair Doctor Tshwale detailed Masoga’s offences.

The fax was distributed by the faction in Limpopo supporting the former

chairperson.

He was charged and found guilty of “creating divisions”, “impeding

the proper functioning of the organisation” and undermining the effectiveness of

the ANCYL. These were “grave offences”.

He was further found guilty of “serious offences”, including:

“behaving in such a way as to provoke serious divisions and breakdown of unity

in the organisation” and “engaging in organised factional activity that goes

outside the recognised norms of free debate inside the organisation and

therefore threatens unity”.

Masoga’s punishment would be decided on Monday. He was asked to be

present.

In April, Masoga was ousted as Limpopo chairperson at a chaotic

ANCYL conference in Makhado. 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 proceedings. Masoga then tried to reconvene

the conference.

He was accused of disobeying an ANCYL national executive committee

instruction not to reconvene a second elective conference.

Meanwhile, The Star newspaper today reported that Moswane was

drawing a salary of R35 000 per month, despite not having reported for duty

since June last year.

He is employed as a communications officer responsible for research

at the Sekhukhune municipality, which is currently probing the matter.

The ANCYL’s national leaders were meeting today to “reflect on all

important organisational matters”, said Shivambu.

The battle to lead the various provinces in the league was a

precursor to a race to head the organisation at its national elective conference

in 2011.

 

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