Motion for disbandment of youth league mooted

2012-12-19 18:03

The ANC Youth League is today expected to pull the last card to try to convince the ANC to reinstall its former president, Julius Malema.

At the same time the league’s detractors in the ANC are planning to hit back by dissolving the league’s entire structure.

The conference is Malema’s last hope for reinstatement, but after the overwhelming re-election of President Jacob Zuma, Malema’s arch-enemy, the chances of sympathy from a majority of the delegates are slim.

League national executive committee member Abner Mosaase confirmed this morning that the league would raise the issue from the floor during a plenary session of the ANC’s national conference in Mangaung later today.

“We haven’t identified anyone to speak yet, but we will raise it,” he said.

Malema and suspended league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu wrote a letter to conference this week asking to be reinstated and hinted at court action if this didn’t happen.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe today confirmed that the conference’s steering committee received the letter on Sunday, but said it came too late to be included in the conference programme.

It is unclear when Malema’s allies plan to raise it.

Two sources with knowledge of the motion against the league said it would be introduced during a discussion on organisational renewal when the plenary resumes, probably later tonight, following the suspension of activities because of a storm.

The motion will be that the league should be disbanded because only two of its top five leaders are left after Malema was expelled, secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa was suspended by the ANC’s disciplinary committee and treasurer-general Pule Mabe was suspended following a vote of no confidence by the league.

Another reason for its disbandment that will be advanced is the deterioration of the league’s relations with the motherbody.

“We will push for a committee of young people to be appointed to build the organisation again,” the source said.

“The motion is likely to be carried because you only need 25% of the plenary to support it.”

A source with knowledge of the motion said the lobby was still deciding which individual would table the motion.

Mosaase said if the league’s appeal to the ANC’s conference was unsuccessful they would elect new leaders. This would require a special conference but the point would be moot should the league be disbanded.

The league’s leaders felt the motion to disband it would not carry.

Acting league secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi said it was unlikely that the ANC would disband the league as had been threatened in the past. “We have a good understanding now.

“KwaZulu-Natal rejected a motion to disband the league,” she said.

When Malema was expelled in April this year, the league said it would defy the ANC and not appoint an acting president, but a few weeks ago ANC deputy president Ronald Lamola had a public fall-out with Malema.

Lamola has since labelled himself acting league president.

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