Liquidation judgment politically motivated – ANCYL

2013-11-07 13:09

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) will continue as if there was no liquidation judgment against it until proceedings start, league national convenor Mzwandile Masina has said.

He told journalists at a press briefing at Luthuli House this morning that it was a “silly judgment” and that the judge had moved into a “political space” by making it.

He said it was calculated to stop the league from operating, and possibly also campaigning for the ANC, but he didn’t speculate on why the judge would have a political motive.

The league was liquidated last week because of outstanding debts of R17 million for its 2008 conference at the University of the Free State.

In total, the league owes between R50 million and R70 million, but that could rise to R90 million, Masina said. “We get letters of demand in our office every week,” he said.

He said the liquidation judgment was flawed because the league was not a corporation but “a voluntary association which is a political home of young radical and visionary minds, and a preparatory school of the ANC”.

He also said the league was the “home of the majority of youth in South Africa” and “continues to be the body of opinion within the ruling party”.

He said the liquidation was “a political ploy that seeks to erase” the names of leaders such as Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu from history books.

Masina said the league wanted “progressive businesspeople”, “good corporate citizens” and people who understand the history of the organisation to help pay its R70 million debt.

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