‘Hooligans’ disrupt Pietermaritzburg ANCYL meeting

2011-11-07 00:00

VIOLENCE was narrowly averted at an ANC Youth League (ANCYL) meeting at the Professor Nyembezi Centre in central Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

The ANCYL’s Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg) region had called the meeting, which was addressed by Vukani Ndlovu, newly appointed ANCYL convenor of the provincial task team (PTT).

The PTT was established last month after the ANCYL national leadership had disbanded the ANCYL provincial executive committee (PEC).

Sources at the meeting told The Witness that delegates from the region’s different branches were divided on whether to allow Ndlovu to address them.

As the exchanges grew more heated, chaos erupted and a sizeable number of branches abandoned the meeting.

The branches said they do not recognise the PTT because no procedural process was followed when the national leadership disbanded the PEC and established the PTT.

But the PTT delegates insisted that they were the only legitimate ANCYL structure in charge of KwaZulu-Natal following the disbandment of the youth league’s former structure.

The sources say members from both groups threatened to fight each other.

“A large number of branches then decided to leave the hall before Ndlovu could address them,” a source said.

The ANCYL leader in the Moses Mabhida region, Fana Lembede, confirmed that there were disagreements, which eventually led to a majority of delegates leaving the meeting.

Speaking to The Witness in Pietermaritzburg last night, Ndlovu said “a small group of hooligans” attempted to disrupt the ANCYL meeting, but failed and left.

“The comrades in Moses Mabhida endorsed the PTT and said they are still behind the leadership of president Julius Malema.

“Those few hooligans left and the meeting went very well,” Ndlovu said.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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