Heavy blow for ANCYL

2011-09-29 00:00

THE the biggest and most influential region of the ANC Youth League, eThekwini, dealt the league’s national leadership a heavy blow last night when its members sided with the provincial executive committee in the stand-off between the structures that support Julius Malema and President Jacob Zuma.

After a robust debate by leaders of the branches last night, the eThekwini (Durban) region of the ANCYL resolved to side with the embattled leadership of the KwaZulu-Natal league.

This followed Tuesday night’s decision by the league’s national working committee to strip the provincial league all its powers.

After prior denials, the ANCYL secretary-general last night confirmed on SAfm radio that a letter was sent to the KZN leadership, informing them that they had been stripped of all the powers as provincial leaders of the ANCYL.

This comes despite the consensus that the eThekwini region supported the youth league’s national pro-Malema leaders in their stand-off with the province’s pro-Zuma leaders.

 

At last night’s ANCYL eThekwini regional meeting in Durban’s City Hall the branches rejected the national leadership’s decision to take action against the provincial leadership for not sending people to march against the ANC Luthuli House headquarters in support of ANCYL president Julius Malema and other national leaders at their disciplinary hearing.

Regional chairperson Jomo Sibiya said the region would “die where our provincial leaders die”.

In a separate statement yesterday the ANCYL KZN provincial deputy secretary and MPL, Sboniso Duma, said, “The African National Congress Youth League is not a trust fund and it cannot be ruled by individuals but is governed by the rules of the organisation.”

His statement was in reaction to the announcement that the national working committee (NWC) of the ANCYL has stripped the provincial leadership of all their powers pending a meeting between the national and provincial leadership scheduled for Sunday in Durban.

Duma confirmed that a letter informing them that they have been stripped of their powers as provincial leaders was sent to provincial chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane on Tuesday evening. Duma said the letter indicated that they will be told at Sunday’s meeting what the stripping of powers entails.

He said, “The NWC does not have powers to disband or strip powers from any provincial structure. Those powers are vested within the national executive committee of the ANCYL. KZN branches are ready for them, come Sunday.”

In eThekwini last night provincial treasurer Nokuthula Young said that despite talks of divisions in the committee, the provincial executive committee (PEC) “is still quorate and all decisions we take are therefore legitimate”.

The provincial secretary, Bheki Mtolo, and eThekwini regional secretary Vukani Ndlovu were conspicuous by their absence from last night’s meeting.

The meeting was told that some ANCYL PEC members and regional executive committee members were charged in connection with the ANCYL chaos outside Luthuli House during the Malema case three weeks ago.

skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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