ANCYL bust for ‘bad behaviour’

2013-03-19 00:00

“IT shows we don’t take any sh*t,” said Jackson Mthembu, ANC spokesperson yesterday, moments after the ANC announced its decision to disband the ANC Youth League.

Bad behaviour was cited as the reason behind the disbanding of the youth league leadership by the party’s bosses at the weekend.

Following the announcement, the ANC yesterday summoned all members of the disbanded ANCYL national executive comittee (NEC)to Luthuli House for a meeting at 10 am today, where members will officially be told of the decision to disband the youth league.

Yesterday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the national executive committee had resolved to dissolve the ANCYL NEC because of its “continued ill-discipline … that brought the organisation into disrepute on numerous occasions”.

Mantashe said the ANC’s national working committee would set up an interim task team to manage the affairs of the youth league.

The ANC Limpopo provincial executive committee was also disbanded for “displaying totally un-ANC behaviour and institutionalised factional conduct”, he said.

The disbandment followed an NEC meeting held at Saint Georges Hotel in Tshwane at the weekend.

The youth league’s disbandment came just three months after the new ANC leadership was mandated by the Mangaung conference to intervene urgently in it running.

Leading up to the conference, the youth body campaigned for former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to unseat Jacob Zuma.

However, after Mangaung the youth league became conciliatory towards the new NEC and was involved in preparations for its national general conference to fill vacancies previously held by its expelled leader, Julius Malema, and suspended secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

Mantashe said the the pending provincial and regional conferences would be stopped immediately.

“The NEC has instructed that they be stopped immediately with a view of the interim committee talking over and directing such processes.”

Mantashe said some within the youth body were trying to rush these conferences so that leaders could be elected.

“We can’t have a leadership that is instant,” said Mantashe. “There is a difference between filter coffee and instant coffee.”

Youth league national spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said they would abide by the decision when it is communicated to them today.

Mantashe denied that exercise was a purge. “The Mangaung conference has come and gone … we don’t go around purging people,” he said.

“You cannot be flat-footed and do nothing when things go wrong.”

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said the league disbandment shows that “someone” had realised it was time to act.

“One would have expected this to happen behind the scenes, with the league told to disband by holding an early conference,” Fikeni said.

“There might have been serious problems when we thought the ANCYL was trying to reach out to the ANC. It would seem the perception gap and communication gap has widened.”

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