Regional rebellion continues

2011-10-10 00:00

DESPITE the ANC Youth League’s national working committee having announced the provincial task team (PTT) in place of the recently disbanded KZN provincial executive committee (PEC), ousted KZN ANCYL chairperson and MPL Mthandeni Dlungwane insists that they are still in charge.

Dlungwane said this in an interview with The Witness after ANCYL national spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu announced that eThekwini ANCYL regional secretary, Vukani Ndlovu, will lead the PTT as its convenor and long-serving PEC member Sphe Zulu as its co-ordinator.

The 18-member PTT includes most members who are known to be staunch supporters of ANCYL president Julius Malema, including the secretary of the disbanded PEC Bheki Mtolo.

Ndlovu is among ANCYL KZN leaders who are facing disciplinary action from the ANC for allegedly participating in the chaos that ensued outside the ANC Luthuli House headquarters, when Malema and the national leadership appeared for disciplinary action.

Shivambu said the PTT will carry all the responsibilities of the ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal and be “the only official voice of the ANCYL in the province.” Dlungwane said they will continue with their duties until ANC secretary-general advices them on the ANCYL’s request for the ANC national executive committee to intervene on the dispute between the national and the provincial ANCYL leadership.

Shivambu said the PTT is mandated to convene a provincial congress of the ANCYL before February 28, 2012.

He said the ANCYL national deployees to KwaZulu-Natal have met with regional leaders of the youth league in KZN to announce the PTT and the terms of reference on Friday. Members of the PTT were also informed of their new responsibilities.

The Witness has reliably learnt, however, that ANCYL regions held regional general council meetings during the weekend at which they decided to ignore the ANCYL NEC’s decision to disband the PEC.

An ANCYL leader, who asked not to be named, said decisions by ANCYL structures to disregard the NEC’s decision was futile, as the NEC is the highest decision-making structure of the organisation between congresses.

“The only option that the PEC has is to appeal to the same NEC and point out where they believe the NEC went wrong in its decision to disband it.

“The regions cannot rebel against a decision taken by a constitutionally higher structure than them. Referring the matter to the ANC mother body is also a wrong decision as it does not have a mandate to interfere with ANCYL’s internal decisions,” the ANCYL regional leader said.

• skhumbuzo.miya@witness.co.za

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