‘ANCYL not split over Zuma support’

2011-09-21 00:00

AMID reports that the ANC Youth League leadership in KwaZulu-Natal is divided in its support for ANC president Jacob Zuma beyond 2012, provincial ANCYL chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane has declared that the league and its leadership in the province are behind Zuma.

Dlungwane’s assertion comes in the wake of reports that he is leading a bloc that supports Zuma’s continued leadership.

The KZN provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo, on the other hand, is said to side with the ANCYL national leadership’s view that there should be a change of leadership at the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference next year.

The ANCYL national leadership is believed to back ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the party as it enters its second century of existence.

Dlungwane said, “The resolution to support the president was taken by the last elective conference of the ANCYL last year.

“During the recent provincial executive committee meeting it was also resolved that when the ANC opens the platform to lobby for new leadership, the KZN ANCYL will support Zuma’s leadership.

“Therefore it is incorrect to say that the provincial leadership is divided on the matter as two decision-making bodies of the province pronounced their position on the matter.

“Whoever has a different position will be doing so as an individual, not as the leader of the ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal,”

The division within the ANCYL leadership in KZN and the fact that its views are at variance with the national leadership are said to be behind reports that the national leadership is considering disbanding the pro-Zuma provincial leadership and replacing it with a convenor who supports the ­ANCYL president, Julius Malema.

According to Witness sources, the disbandment of the KZN leadership was discussed at an ANCYL extended national working committee meeting on Sunday

However, the discussion was never concluded and it was decided that the topic will be raised again at its next meeting.

Mtolo denied that he and Dlungwane are leading opposing factions.

“Besides myself and Dlungwane being comrades in the league, we have established a close friendship and brotherhood,” Mtolo said.

He declined to pronounce his stand on supporting Zuma, saying the ANC NEC has issued a directive to its structures not to discuss 2012 leadership issues.

“Once the ANC has opened this issue I will be the first to phone you and inform you about our position as the province regarding this matter, which of course will be subjected to the collective decision of the ANCYL nationally.”

Dlungwane said they decided to support Zuma’s continued leadership because of the order that he brought to a divided ANC in 2007.

“We know the decision to take when the ANC opens the platform to decide on leadership to lead to the new centenary,” he said.

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