Malema, EC youth brigade face off in legal battle

2010-06-30 15:55

ANC Youth League leaders in the Eastern Cape are set to take

the league’s president, Julius Malema, to court tomorrow if the league does not

undertake to reinstate them and to cancel a planned provincial conference.

The legal salvo follows the two disastrous provincial conferences

where Malema followers and those of his deputy and rival Andile Lungisa were

pitted against each other and failed to elect provincial leaders. The league’s

national leadership subsequently dissolved the Eastern Cape ANC provincial

executive committee (PEC) earlier this month.

In a letter sent by the East London-based lawyers of the league’s

Eastern Cape branch to Malema and the league’s secretary-general Vuyiswa Tulelo

yesterday, the sacked provincial leadership demands that Malema and Tulelo

shelve this weekend’s planned provincial conference.

They are also demanding an undertaking that the sacked PEC would be

reinstated.

The litigation threat comes after the PEC, led by chairperson Mlibo

Qoboshiyana, appealed to the ANC secretary-general,

Gwede Mantashe, to resolve the dispute between them and Malema’s faction. It is

not clear whether Mantashe, who faces his own political battles within the

ruling party, has entered the fray yet.

Jackson Mthembu, ANC national spokesperson, refused to be drawn on

whether or not Mantashe had intervened saying the matter was “private

correspondence”.

If the lawsuit goes ahead, it will be the second time that

disgruntled Youth League provincial leaders have taken Malema to court in a bid

to resolve a dispute. Former Limpopo Youth League chairperson Lehlogonolo Masoga

is embroiled in a court bid to stop the league from expelling him over charges

of “misconduct”.

ANCYL national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said the dissolved

Eastern Cape leadership needed to follow internal processes to raise their

gripes. “If they want to go to court, they must go to court. They will lead the

court, not the ANCYL,” he said.

 

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