In trouble for riot no-show?

2011-09-19 00:00

THE ANC Youth League’s extended national working committee (NWC) was last night still locked in a meeting which was believed to be deliberating the future of its KwaZulu-Natal leadership.

This follows rumours that the provincial leadership is about to be disbanded and the province put under curatorship.

Sources within the ANCYL confirmed that its national leadership was considering disbanding the provincial leadership following a decision not to participate in protests against the ANC’s move to haul ANCYL president Julius Malema and national ANCYL leaders before a disciplinary committee.

The ANCYL protest outside ANC headquarters Luthuli House two weeks ago degenerated into violence, with Malema supporters stoning police and journalists, while others burnt the ANC flag and T-shirts bearing the face of President Jacob Zuma.

Since the notification of the extended NWC meeting scheduled for yesterday was sent to NWC members last week, rumours began circulating that the ANCYL national leadership has decided to disband the KZN leadership.

It is believed that last night’s meeting was supposed to stamp its authority on that decision.

The decision by KZN ANCYL, the biggest province in terms of membership, not to participate in the protest is said to be the reason for a proposal that it be disbanded.

The KZN ANCYL provincial general council’s (PGC) recent decision to endorse Zuma for a second term as ANC president, while the national ANCYL leadership is said to support a change in leadership, is said to be among the issues placing the provincial and national leadership at odds with each other.

Deputy provincial secretary of the ANCYL, KZN MPL Sboniso Duma, said last night that, although they are aware of the rumour, they are not aware of any decision to disband the provincial leadership from the national leadership.

“These are just rumours, nothing official had been conveyed to us by the national leadership. Besides that, the NWC do not have powers to disband provincial structures. It’s only the national executive committee (NEC) of the ANCYL that has such powers,” Duma said.

On unconfirmed reports that the provincial ANCYL leadership was divided in its support for Malema and Zuma, Duma said, “As KZN ANCL we are united in support of president Zuma as the president of the ANC and Malema as the president of the ANCYL.”

Provincial chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane and other provincial ANCYL leaders are said to be staunch Zuma supporters, while provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo and leaders of other regions, including the powerful eThekwini region, are said to be on the side of the national ANCYL leadership.

ANCYL national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa did not respond to phone calls or questions sent to them regarding last night’s meeting.

Meanwhile, provincial spokesperson of the ANC, Makhosi Khoza, confirmed yesterday that the ANC is preparing to haul before its disciplinary committee all people who participated in the Luthuli House protest.

That decision was taken during last week’s meeting of the provincial working committee (PWC) of the ANC.

“We will work with police in identifying people from KZN who participated in the protest. Burning the ANC flag and T-shirts with the face of our president was a disgrace and put the ANC into disrepute. As part of our “Operation Bring Back Order”, we will discipline all those who brought the ANC into disrepute,” Khoza said.

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