KZN ANC Youth League urges members not to revolt

2011-09-28 10:52

Beleaguered KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League secretary Bheki Mtolo has urged members not to revolt should the provincial leadership be disbanded.

“If the national leadership decides to disband the provincial executive committee, we must all accept that. It won’t be something new,” Mtolo said today.

It has been widely reported that youth league national leaders intended disbanding the youth wing’s executive in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mtolo denied this. Youth league leaders were reportedly unhappy because the provincial leadership did not support leader Julius Malema when he appeared before an ANC disciplinary committee recently. Malema’s hearing will continue on October 6.

The league was also reportedly unhappy with the provincial structures supporting President Jacob Zuma to be re-elected ANC president next year.

Mtolo, a Malema ally, said he had compiled a report describing the state of the organisation in KwaZulu-Natal and submitted it to the national office.

“I don’t know what will happen,” he said.

“If they decide to disband the provincial executive, that will not be something new. We all know it is the responsibility of the upper structure to do so.”

Mtolo said the provincial executive committee had “defined itself outside the ANC” by rebelling against its national leaders.

“They have insulted our national leaders and that can’t be tolerated.”

Most of the members of the provincial executive committee recently convened a meeting at which they accused Mtolo of trying to divide the organisation and campaigning against Zuma.

“We have noticed that people now use Zuma’s name to attack other people. It is not true that we don’t want Zuma,” Mtolo said.

He criticised those who had called for him to choose between his youth league position and his deputy mayor’s job.

Mtolo is a deputy mayor of the Kokstad municipality in KwaZulu-Natal. The youth league and deputy mayor positions are both full time.

“I don’t understand why this call is made now because this matter was discussed and resolved after the (May 18) elections.”

Mtolo said the ANC provincial executive committee and the ANC national working committee had allowed him and other full-time ANC officials to work as councillors.

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