Mzwandile Masina meant to say ‘fork off’, says youth league

2013-12-20 17:39

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) national convener Mzwandile Masina meant to say “fork off” at a media briefing when referring to Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim, says the ANC Youth League.

At a media briefing hosted by the Progressive Youth Alliance at Luthuli House in Johannesburg today, Masina criticised Jim’s stance on the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA Community Party and the ANC alliance.

“Look, you see, our view is very clear. Irvin Jim must f**k off if need be, as a person, because he can’t want to drag structures of the movement, including Numsa, in his nonsense,” he said.

“Because this is one person who’s got [a] personal vendetta against the president [Jacob Zuma] and he continues to embarrass us every day. It is time for him to f**k off. He’s free to do so.”

The youth alliance consists of the ANC Youth League, the Young Communist League, the SA Students’ Congress and the Congress of SA Students.

The ANCYL later attempted to clarify Masina’s comments in a statement.

“The ANC Youth League notes the public discomfort and outcry with regards to the pronouncement of ‘fork off’ by ANCYL convener, comrade Mzwandile Masina,” it said.

“What comrade Masina said means Jim must ‘go a separate way; leave’. It is not vulgar language or a swear word.”

The ANCYL assured South African society and the international community that the league’s leadership was respectful and constructively engaged in political discussions with both friend and foe.

“Comrade Mzwandile Masina used an English word, ‘fork off’.”

According to the league it meant “to divide in branches, go separate ways” and has been used as early as the 14th century in the English language.

Jim said today that the union would not support the ANC in next year’s elections and would stop paying contributions to Cosatu and the SACP. He was speaking to delegates at the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s special national congress in Boksburg on the East Rand.

“Numsa will neither endorse nor support the ANC or any other political party in 2014,” he said.

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