Mpumalanga ANCYL wants Mabuza out

2012-02-06 15:02

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Mpumalanga has declared its support for its embattled national president Julius Malema and rescinded its last conference resolution for Premier David Mabuza to serve a second term as provincial ANC chairperson.

Mabuza has been at loggerheads with the provincial youth league at national and provincial level for backing President Jacob Zuma’s second term and trying to influence the province not to support Malema for a second term at the league’s elective conference in June.

The provincial league’s pronouncement means that they are not supporting Zuma’s re-election in Mangaung in December and also want Mabuza replaced when the provincial ANC conference takes place later this month.

Acting provincial league secretary Clarence Maseko said the sentences that the ANC national disciplinary committee meted out to Malema, league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and four others were too harsh.

The party’s committee of appeals upheld the national disciplinary committee’s guilty finding in the case of three of the league leaders and gave them 14 days to approach the national disciplinary committee to argue for mitigation of sentence.

“The sentence is too harsh. Julius should have been given a lighter sentence considering that the ANCYL is a preparatory school for the ANC,” Maseko said.

“We stand by all our leaders because they’re going through this because of our resolutions in the last national conference.

“The ANCYL has international friends, for example, so our remarks on the Botswana issue were motivated by the presentation from leaders of that country,” he said.

As for the provincial league’s original resolution to support Mabuza’s second term, ANCYL chairperson Kgotso Motloung said the resolution was “premature”.

“A horse must run and reach the finishing line before making a decision about it.

“The provincial conference resolution was premature because as you can see now, the moral fibre of the ANC is at its lowest,” Motloung said.

The youth league said it wanted a new line-up of provincial ANC leaders as follows: Health MEC and ANC provincial treasurer Clifford Mkasi as chairperson, Charles Makola (deputy chairperson), Lucky Ndinisa (secretary), Boy Nobunga (deputy secretary), agriculture MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini (treasurer).

The league accused Mabuza of threatening to fire party members from their government positions for not supporting him.

The “threatened” members include:
» Provincial ANC deputy chairperson and Nkangala district municipal manager Makola who was suspended last week after an audit report pointed out that a blacklisted service provider had been appointed.

The youth league and Makola argue that Nkangala has been among the best-performing government institutions countrywide since he has been at the helm for the past 12 years and has been receiving unqualified reports.

» A vote of no confidence was passed by councillors aligned to the Mabuza camp against Motloung, who is also the mayor of Gert Sibande district municipality, for organising a youth and women’s assembly.

The matter has been referred to the ANC’s provincial executive committee for deliberation.

» Thuba Dakile, a councillor in Pixley ka Seme municipality (Volksrust) and youth league provincial executive committee member, was allegedly forced to resign from the league in fear of losing his job.

“These comrades are victims. Mabuza is behind all these threats,” Maseko said.

Mpumalanga ANC spokesperson Paul Mbenyane said the leadership debate has not yet started in the province.

“The national audit team is still busy trying to determine which branches are in good standing.

“Once it has finished its job it will then give a go-ahead to those branches to convene branch general meetings and talk about leadership,” Mbenyane said.

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