Mthembu: ANCYL not hatching a fight-back

2010-09-23 00:00

ANC national spokesperson Jackson Mthembu denied media reports yesterday that the ANC Youth League has hatched a fight-back plan following a scathing attack during president Jacob Zuma’s report at the opening of the national general council (NGC) on Monday.

According to media reports, the ANCYL held an emergency caucus meeting at which an “M-Plan”, aimed at devising a comeback strategy in the wake of Zuma’s attack was plotted.

In his address on Monday, Zuma said action will be taken against elements of ill-discipline within the organisation and singled out the ANCYL and Cosatu.

The reports also suggested that during the closed sessions on Tuesday, ANCYL president Julius Malema said the youth wing will not be intimidated with disciplinary action when the ANC has failed to take measures against members who have taken the party to court.

He allegedly accused the party of applying its disciplinary measures selectively.

Mthembu said that at no stage during the closed sessions did any of the delegates speak against Zuma’s report.

He told reporters: “Conspiracy plans are in your own minds … You must stop creating unnecessary problems when they don’t exist.”

He also appealed to the newspapers to print retractions before the ANC takes further steps.

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