Mabuza’s ‘top 6 plans linked to ANCYL split’

2015-02-16 16:28

The sacking of a Mpumalanga council speaker has split the ANC Youth League into groups supporting Premier David Mabuza’s ambition for national office and those against it.

Nkangala district council speaker, Bafana Nkwanyana, was recalled on January 16 for not supporting the re-election of Mabuza’s ally, Speedy Mashilo, as Nkangala ANC chairperson last October.

Now the ANCYL provincial executive committee (PEC) has decided to disband its Nkangala regional executive committee (REC) for disrupting the council meeting when a vote of no confidence was passed against Nkwanyana.

The league’s Nkangala secretary, Themba Masombuka, has lodged a complaint to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe about the REC’s disbandment.

Masombuka alleges, in the letter seen by City Press, that the PEC’s reasons were motivated by the fact that the REC did not support Mashilo’s campaign and provincial ANCYL chairperson Desmond Moela’s ambition to ascend to the national league’s deputy presidency in the aborted elective conference at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus last November.

Masombuka wrote: “We submit that our disbandment was based on unsubstantiated allegations, gossips and rumour-mongering. Due processes were not followed by the PEC. This is meant to stifle debates in the ANCYL in our region and province.”

“Here we are purged for supporting Cde Ronald Lamola (who stood for ANCYL presidency) and not supporting Cde Desmond Moela. We are purged for supporting Cde Sarel Mtsweni during the ANC Nkangala regional conference. This disbandment is unconstitutional and it’s meant to settle political scores,” he added.

The ANCYL’s disunity mirrors differences on who supports Mabuza for a national top six position – either as deputy president, chairperson or treasurer-general – and Lamola to lead the ANCYL nationally.

Moela, a staunch Mabuza ally, had hoped to be elected Pule Mabe’s deputy against a line-up that wanted Lamola as president.

If he had succeeded, Moela would then assist rally the ANCYL behind Mabuza’s campaign for national office.

On the other hand, Mashilo was the first chairperson from the province’s four ANC regions to declare that Mabuza will be supported to stand for a third term as ANC provincial chairperson in 2016 – a move that would ensure that he had Mpumalanga backing him for the national position in 2019.

Moela denied that the REC was purged for not supporting certain candidates, but for unruly behaviour at the Nkangala ANC conference and the council meeting where Nkwanyana was recalled.

“At an ANC (mother body) conference, they displayed unruly behaviour by wearing T-shirts under the ANCYL banner, which were written: ‘Bring back Nkangala’. They also disrupted the council meeting where the ANC had exercised its prerogative to deploy and redeploy. We never based our decision on myself, Mtshweni and Lamola as those issues can’t be a problem,” Moela said.

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