Youth league condemns lobbying of iLembe officials

2017-08-30 06:01
ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza Region leadership during the press briefing (from left) John Phahla, Mfanafuthi Ngcobo, Musa Zondi and Mcedisi Magubane. Photo: nkosinathi dube

ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza Region leadership during the press briefing (from left) John Phahla, Mfanafuthi Ngcobo, Musa Zondi and Mcedisi Magubane. Photo: nkosinathi dube

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THE African National Congress (ANC) in the Greater KwaDukuza Region addressed matters pertaining instability at the ILembe District Municipality at their regional offices on Friday, 18 August.

The press briefing was held following a number of accusations made within the municipality and the ANC.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has spoken against the mass exodus of some senior officials at the municipality who held strategic positions. The departure of the municipal manager, co-operate governance director and have caused instability to an already embattled municipality.

ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza Region secretary Musa Zondi said that the league condemns those who have ganged up and formed a faction and are trying “dirty tricks” to usurp political power thus creating instability among ILembe family of municipalities

“We are disturbed by the conduct of some [members] within the ANC and the ANCYL in Greater KwaDukuza and we are in possession of tangible evidence of how some officials are being lobbied to defy the political leadership of the majority party in order to create instability in the municipality and this is intended to create turmoil and thus render the municipality ungovernable”, said Zondi.

The recent exit by senior officials in ILembe is seen as an orchestrated plot to get a political upper hand ahead of the upcoming ANC Regional conference.

Chairperson of the Youth League in the region Mfanafuthi Ngcobo lambasted the said senior officials in ILembe and said that these transgressions are factions at play and are undermining the leadership of current mayor Sduduzo Gumede.

“If you are not willing to work with the elected leadership then you must just do the honourable thing and resign. ILembe is not the only municipality where the youth league had to intervene just as we did in Mandeni when we called for the removal of its municipal manager,” said Ngcobo.

Some of the issues that arose were that there are officials who are hell bent on seeing the mayor fail, but the youth league would not deny nor confirm that these recent transgressions had anything to do with the current municipal speaker wanting to succeed the current mayor. The league also made reference to the previous ILembe administration which they claimed left the municipality in the state that it is currently in.

“As the ANCYL in the Greater KwaDukuza Region we can not pretend as if it is business as usual when the services due to our people are being jeopardised by agents of factional politics,”, added Zondi in a statement.

The league is also anticipating more resignations of some officials in the coming months and as the seventh regional congress draws near and the political tension in the region is expected to intensify.

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