ANCYL: Malema still our president

2012-05-08 00:00

EXPELLED ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and his two suspended allies, Sindiso Magaqa and Floyd Shivambu, will remain in their positions until a “political solution” has been found to their disciplining, the league said yesterday.

It also said the resolutions from its congress, including wanting Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to take over as ANC secretary-general at the party’s elective conference in December, still stood.

League deputy president Ronald Lamola told journalists at a press conference in Luthuli House yesterday that although the league leaders remained in their positions, they would not take part in league activities, in line with the ANC’s national committee of appeals ruling.

He said the league’s remaining top brass were still talking to Malema, Magaqa (the suspended secretary-general) and Shivambu (league spokesperson).

“There is nothing that stops us from speaking to comrades. They are only stopped from speaking on ANC platforms. That order doesn’t preclude us from phoning Julius or talking to Magaqa,” he said.

League communications committee head Khusela Sangoni said, however, that the league had no links with the newly formed Friends of the Youth League, launched by Malema in the Eastern Cape last week.

“But we do appreciate all the support we can get for our policy positions,” she said.

The press conference followed a meeting by the league’s national executive committee (NEC), held at the weekend in Johannesburg to decide on a way forward following Malema’s suspension.

As reported in The Witness yesterday, the league’s NEC resolved to sack treasurer-general Pule Mabe from his leadership position and from the NEC, although he remains an ANCYL member.

ANCYL secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi said official reasons for Mabe’s sacking would be given to the league’s national general council, which would be convened soon.

Reports from inisders at the NEC meeting suggested that Mabe had suspended for “squandering” league money and for behaving in a “factional” manner.

Despite reports of divisions about the vote of no confidence against Mabe, league spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said the sacking was done “by consensus”.

Mabe supporters, however, insisted that there was a vote and that Malema’s supporters had tried to get provincial chairpersons and secretaries to vote too, to increase support for a motion of no confidence in him.

In the end, however, only nine out of the 28 NEC members opposed the motion, 13 voted in favour and three abstained, while the three remaining league officials, Mabe included, had no vote, they said.

The league said it would continue to petition the ANC’s NEC to “intervene and provide a political solution on the unprecedented outcome” of the disciplinary process.

If this didn’t work, the league would try to get the ANC’s December congress in Mangaung to help.

Mabe’s sympathisers in the league NEC confirmed yesterday they would write to the ANC mother body this week to lodge an official complaint against what they called the “unconstitutional procedures” used for the vote of no confidence in Mabe.

An insider said it was not because they were loyal Mabe supporters, but they were simply trying to correct his unconstitutional removal from office.

He warned that the aggrieved members would resign if not satisfied. “We are going to wait for the right time before resigning if we are compelled to do so,” said the insider.

Mabe was not immediately available for comment.

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