Julius Malema is a ‘political gangster’

2011-10-03 00:00

OUSTED KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League leader Mthandeni Dlungwane has accused ANCYL president Julius Malema of being “a political gangster who eliminates all people he disagrees with”.

Dlungwane’s outburst follows yesterday’s decision by a special meeting of the ANCYL national executive committee (NEC) to disband the provincial executive committee and put the organisation under the provincial task team (PTT).

The ANCYL NEC’s decision follows a stand-off between the NEC and PEC which culminated in last week’s decision by the ANCYL national working committee (NWC) to strip the PEC of all powers. The PEC wrote a letter to ANC secretary-general requesting the NEC of the ANC’s intervention to resolve the impasse.

Dlungwane said they were not surprised by the disbandment as they were already aware it was coming “because decisions within the ANCYL are now taken at nightclubs instead of ANCYL structures”.

“Malema is running the youth ANCYL in a gangsterism manner where people with opposing views are eliminated. If you hold a different view from Malema you are eliminated. Where is Lehlohonolo Masoga (former ANCYL Limpopo chairperson) and Stella Ndabeni (former NEC member)?” asked Dlungawne.

Dlungwane said the young people of South Africa are now tired of Malema “because he cannot be told, he does not want to listen”.

Although he said they were prepared to subject themselves to the ANCYL and ANC discipline, it will be business as usual at the ANCYL provincial offices today until the NEC intervention.

Addressing a Durban press conference yesterday ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said the decision to disband KZN PEC emanates from its failure to observe organisational discipline and its defiance of the national leadership.

“The NEC expressed displeasure with the manner in which the ANCYL leadership has conducted itself concerning internal organisational matters, particularly the province’s public pronouncements that sought to undermine the integrity of the ANC Youth League.

“Of great concern is the reality that throughout their disregard of organisational process and due political conduct, the PEC did not express any intention to receive political guidance from the NEC, despite attempts of the NEC to meet with the PEC. The PEC defined itself outside the resolutions and guidance of the ANCYL 24th National Congress, and chose to publicly rebuke the NEC, through making statements that it is a factionalist formation.

“As the only remedy to this situation, the special NEC resolved to disband the PEC of the ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal with immediate effect,” Lamola said.

He said as from yesterday NEC members were in regions of the ANCYL in KZN to announce this decision to members of the organisation.

He said the NEC mandated the NWC to constitute a Provincial Task Team, which will be the official and only legitimate voice of the ANCYL in KwaZulu Natal until the provincial congress.

“Disbandment was the only option the NEC had, because the PEC was not willing to politically engage with the leadership of the ANCYL.”

Besides disbanding the PEC, the NEC also resolved to haul before a disciplinary hearing Dlungwane, deputy secretary Siboniso Duma, and treasurer Yolanda Young.

The decision of the NEC is expected to ignite displeasure within the party’s lower structures who have already sided with the PEC in this stand-off. The biggest and most influential eThekwini region and Pietermaritzburg region voiced their support for the PEC and said they will meet to deliberate on the matter once they have been formally informed about the disbandment.

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