Threat to quit ANCYL

2012-05-07 00:00

IT was “blood for blood” at the ANC Youth League’s national executive committee (NEC) meeting held in Johannesburg at the weekend as Julius Malema’s acolytes ousted the man they believe wants to be president.

Sources at the heated meeting said NEC members nearly came to blows following the removal of Pule Mabe as the league’s treasurer-general, which his supporters believe was unconstitutional. It was the third time that there had been an attempt to remove Mabe.

Now 15 league NEC members are threatening to resign in protest, with the league facing its biggest crisis in a democratic South Africa.

The initial vote of no confidence in Mabe at the Reef Hotel failed to muster sufficient votes and a second vote was duly held.

This after “reinforcements” were called in with ex-officio members such as the provincial league chairpersons and secretaries being allowed to vote the second time around.

A vote of no confidence was duly passed against Mabe and he was relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

Mabe told The Witness yesterday that he could not comment on the matter.

Mabe was axed for allegedly mismanaging the league’s resources, not funding the league’s programmes and behaving in a factional manner, the Sunday Independent reported yesterday.

A league source said Mabe had walked into an “ambush”. “There was a large contingent of police officers at the Reef Hotel where the meeting was held. They knew that they would remove Mabe and had called the police just in case he refused to go.”

“The vote was meant to prevent him from trying to contest the presidency of the league.

“He has the financial muscle and he is quite popular with the structures and so they wanted him out.”

Although the expelled Malema and his suspended youth league spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa were not present, they were said to be in the hotel keeping tabs on proceedings.

Another source said many NEC members were threatening to resign in protest.

“The ex-officio members have no voting rights. They only vote in provinces. So what happened is that the leaders actually violated the constitution.

“Fifteen NEC members are threatening to resign as they were not happy with the situation. We will also write to the ANC as we are not happy with the procedure.”

The senior league source said there were 35 NEC members and if the 15 resigned the remaining members would not be able to form a quorum, as Malema, Magaqa and Shivambu were already out.

A special elective conference would then have to be held for a new leadership.

Meanwhile, those of the league’s top brass aligned to Malema have decided to petition the ANC’s NEC to review the party’s national disciplinary committee of appeals decision to expel the youth leader and suspend Shivambu and Magaqa.

Should they fail, they would ultimately petition the party’s Mangaung conference.

ANCYL spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy declined to comment ahead of today’s league press conference.

Meanwhile, the two largest ANC regions in KwaZulu-Natal will stick to the tried and tested at this weekend’s ANC provincial conference in Newcastle. The eThekwini and Moses Mabhida regions indicated at the weekend they would not vote for change but would retain the current top five in the province.

They want Premier Zweli Mkhize to remain chairperson, Willies Mchunu his deputy, Sihle Zikalala as the provincial secretary, Nomusa Dube as his deputy and Peggy Nkonyeni as the treasurer.

“We as the eThekwini region are unashamedly in support that that current leadership be re-elected,” said Health MEC and eThekwini chair Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

Supa Zuma, the Moses Mabhida region’s secretary, said they too wanted the status quo to remain.

• thamsanqam@witness.co.za

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