Youth league calls press conference after tumultuous meeting

2012-05-07 07:54

The ANC Youth League is expected to give more details on the way forward this morning following a tumultuous weekend meeting over the expulsion of its leader, Julius Malema, and the suspension of two others.

Sources from within the meeting said the Metro Police had to be called in and private security guards had to spring into action as tempers flared over a vote of no confidence against league treasurer Pule Mabe.

League spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy in a press statement last night said the league would be holding a press briefing at Luthuli House at 11am today.

She has also confirmed Mabe has been sacked through a vote of no confidence.

Sources from within the meeting said nine national executive committee (NEC) members voted in favour of Mabe while 13 voted against, and three abstained. The officials didn’t vote.

Supporters of Mabe also claimed Malema’s supporters wanted provincial chairmen and secretaries, who sit on the NEC as ex officio members, to vote, but they raised objections against this because they said it’s against the league’s constitution.

Provincial leaders have previously declared their support for Malema.

Members of the NEC threatened to resign en masse late on Saturday night out of protest against Mabe’s suspension, but according to the league’s official Twitter page, there were no resignations.

The league’s constitution is silent on whether it could continue running with only two officials and part of the NEC.

League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa was suspended by the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA) for a year, which now leaves only deputy president Ronald Lamola and deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenegi.

According to a source who attended the weekend meeting, the NEC has resolved to petition the ANC’s NEC on Malema’s expulsion and the suspension of two others.

They also again resolve to take it to the party’s elective conference in Mangaung in December, should the NEC petition not succeed.

The fact that neither Malema nor Magaqa attended the weekend meeting seems to suggest that they are still hoping to come to some kind of an agreement with the ANC about the matter.

Spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who had been suspended for three years, and who had argued that he was a mere employee and could do his work regardless of whether he was an ANC member or not, has apparently given over his duties to Moonsamy.

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