Youth League expels Shivambu, slates Malema’s party

2013-06-25 15:33

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The ANC Youth League has expelled its former spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, its national task team (NTT) has said.

“Mr Shivambu has made it his full-time job to undermine the organisation and its leadership,” convenor Mzwandile Masina told reporters in Johannesburg today.

“We have a warning to many others who might have ideas to follow the same anarchic line that we are not going to sit on our laurels and become spectators when they are blatantly undermining our organisation.”

He said the decision was made by the African National Congress Youth League NTT and not by the ANC.

The NTT had spoken to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe about its decision.

“We are not speaking for the ANC, we are speaking on the decision we have taken as the ANCYL.”

ANCYL spokesman Bandile Masuku said the NTT would follow up with the ANC.

Last year, Shivambu was suspended from the ANC and the ANCYL for three years.

Recently, the former spokesperson has become vocal in his criticism of the ANC, President Jacob Zuma, and the ANCYL NTT, through statements on behalf of the so-called Economic Freedom Fighters, a political platform recently launched by expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema.

Masina said Shivambu had defined himself outside the ANCYL and its mother body.

Asked on what charges Shivambu had been expelled and whether due process was followed in communicating the decision to him, Masina said he had not adhered to the section on grave offices in the ANCYL code of conduct.

“He is serving a suspension and there is an expectation of how you must behave ... He has defined himself outside that code of conduct.”

How the NTT communicated with Shivambu was an internal matter, said Masina.

NTT national organiser Mawethu Rune said he did not think Shivambu would be “shocked by the decision”.

“He represents everything which is anti-youth league and ANC.

“Mr Shivambu, as for now, is no longer a member of the ANCYL and therefore we would want to close that chapter and focus on rebuilding the organisation,” he said.

In a veiled reference to Malema, Masina said resolutions made at the ANCYL’s last national congress were being “hijacked and vulgarised by self-seeking individuals who are parading themselves as the godfathers of economic freedom”.

“History has proven that our struggle is unique and there is therefore no ready-made template fit enough to espouse the wishes of the people of South Africa.

“This very same economic freedom which these ‘wannabes’ are using to justify their political relevance resides among the priorities of the movement in its persuasion of a national democratic society,” he said.

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