Split ANCYL Limpopo holds parallel conferences

2012-04-20 15:23

Fault lines have emerged in the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Limpopo as the Young Lions head into their seventh elective conference.

It has emerged that two conferences will be held – one led by the provincial secretary, Jacob Lebogo, and the other by rival Boy Mamabolo. Lebogo’s conference, which will be officially opened by Premier Cassel Mathale tomorrow, will be held at the Oasis Lodge in Polokwane while the Mamabolo-led faction will host its conference in Seshego.

Mamabolo is the chairperson of the Peter Mokaba region, which the Limpopo youth leadership disbanded in February.

The Waterberg region and the Thulamela, Nzhelele and Makhado sub-regions in Venda were also disbanded by the league for being “rogue”. But Mamabolo said they were disbanded because they didn’t support Lebogo for a second term. “This provincial executive committee didn’t make it conducive for all members to contest this conference.

 We were disbanded because we discussed succession. Normally when we go to conference the delegates are nominated at the branch general meeting. This never happened,” he said.

He dismissed the conference as a picnic organised by the outgoing PEC. “It is a picnic of boyfriends and girlfriends and friends which has the blessing of the leadership of the ANC.”

The conference, he said, will be attended by more than 600 delegates who will elect the province’s top five leaders for the next two years.

ANCYL spokesperson in the province Che Selane hit back at Mamabolo, calling him an attention-seeking Mickey Mouse. “There is only one conference and it is the one happening at Oasis. Mamabolo and his clowns are wasting their time.”

He said more than 800 delegates have been accredited for this conference. Lebogo, a close friend of Mathale and ousted leader Julius Malema, is expected to be elected uncontested.

City Press understands that Malema has been invited as a guest. Other leaders sympathetic to Malema and Mathale are also expected to be elected to the top five.

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