KZN backs call to disband youth league executive

2012-12-20 00:00

THE ANC in Mpumalanga, backed by KZN provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala, has proposed that the ruling party disband the ANC Youth League’s national executive committee.

After fierce debate in the plenary session at the party’s national conference in Bloemfontein last night, the matter was referred to the incoming national executive committee.

The motivation for the proposed disbandment was the conduct and behaviour of the youth league in the recent past. Delegates speaking in favour of the disbandment were also critical of the suspension of youth league treasurer Pule Mabe.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, a former youth league president, opposed the proposal. He said the matter should be referred to the incoming NEC for further discussion He was backed by Eastern Cape chairperson Phumulo Masualle.

However, Zikalala countered that the league should be dissolved.

The move comes a day after Jacob Zuma was re-elected ANC president, and called for unity following a divisive election battle.

The ANCYL was the first alliance grouping to call for leadership change in the ruling party and has been run by an interim leadership after its president, Julius Malema, and secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa were expelled and suspended earlier this year.

Malema will remain exiled from the ruling party. His hopes of returning to the ANC fold, by appealing to the conference to overturn his expulsion, were dashed when the issue was not even considered.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the letter of appeal had arrived too late to be included on the conference agenda.

The Limpopo ANC Youth League spokesperson, Klaas Mabunda, was escorted out of the conference last night by police officers.

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