ANCYL: Manana stands by his statement

2012-04-18 00:00

CONFUSION reigned among members of the ANC Youth League yesterday as leaders remained divided about the content and context of the decision taken by the body’s executive committee on Julius Malema’s suspension.

Mdu Manana, a member of the league’s national executive committee (NEC) and also a member of Parliament, broke ranks on Monday accusing their secretary-general, Sindiso Magaqa, of having misrepresented the resolution taken at the Sunday meeting.

In a statement, Magaqa said: “The ANCYL NEC resolved that we did not receive an official communication from the ANC with regard to the temporary suspension of the ANCYL president, and we do not have grounds as a structure of the ANC to ground him from performing his duties.”

He said they therefore resolved that Malema should continue to perform his responsibilities as the president of the youth league as they were not aware of anything that barred him from doing so.

At issue is whether the NEC did in fact discuss the decision to support Malema as its president till 2014 regardless of the pending decision of the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA).

Manana said as far as he was concerned, the resolution was to support Malema until a ruling was made on his appeal against his temporary suspension. This was turned down yesterday

Other senior league leaders, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Manana was correct, but they preferred to raise the issue at the NEC’s next meeting and not in the press.

In a statement on their website, the league’s deputy president, Ronald Lamola, criticised Manana for contradicting the body’s official announcement, accusing him of distorting the outcome of the NEC meeting.

“The special NEC reaffirmed earlier decisions with regard to the disciplinary process of the ANC against the president of the ANCYL that he will remain the president of the ANCYL until 2014,” said Lamola.

“Therefore the statement by Mdu Manana … is a distortion of the outcomes of the NEC and does not represent the official position of the ANCYL,” said Lamola.

He said Manana should have raised his concerns directly with Magaqa if he needed clarity on the resolution.

“What Manana did amounts to ill-discipline because what was communicated and being reaffirmed now are decisions of the NEC, which he is a member of,” added Lamola.

Manana said he had no intention of getting into a personal spat with Lamola, but stood by what he said to The Witness.

One of the sources who spoke to The Witness said: “We are going to raise this issue [of the official statement issued by Magaqa] in the next NEC meeting, which should take place this coming weekend”.

The source said they would not be party to any act of defiance against the mother body, the ANC.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said he hoped that the youth league would not follow through their threats to invite Malema to speak at any public platform because that would be “defining themselves outside the ANC constitution”.

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