'Naughty elders' interfering in ANCYL: Makhubela

2015-08-21 08:00
ANCYL Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

ANCYL Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Pretoria - It is not a myth that there are "naughty elders" of the ANC who are trying to influence the ANC Youth League leadership race, the league's Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela said on Thursday.

"There are those who from time-to-time would want to interfere with the rebuilding of the youth league," he told News24.

"Others want to turn it into a paramilitary organisation, where the leaders become child soldiers who must speak about what must happen in 2017 or speak about what must happen in regions and provinces."

However, Makhubela said he does not believe this is the role of the youth league.

This is one of the reasons why it has battled to hold its national elective congress two years after its leadership structures were disbanded.

This is not the first time ANCYL members have alleged that there were some ANC leaders who were trying to impose their preferred candidate for president of the league in order to advance their own 2017 ambitions.

Makhubela said the interference was one of the reasons the ANCYL congress had been delayed.

"There is interference, there are naughty elders who want to formulate their own structure... They must not become like Isaac, they must not choose Joseph amongst us. We are all the same," he said.

Damage caused by Malema

Another reason for the delay in the ANCYL congress was because of the "extent of damage Julius Malema had caused", Makhubela said.

"When he was expelled not only was it [the ANCYL] financially bankrupt, but it was also bankrupt in terms of its morality... We needed to uproot the ill-tendencies which were introduced into the youth league," he said.

Makhubela said he had faith that the ANCYL would elect someone who would be able to advance the programmes of the organisation and deal with the challenges.

Makhubela is expected to stand for ANC Youth League president.

However, he said this would be a decision of the ANCYL branches but he will not decline if nominated.

"I've never refused any responsibility given to me by branches of the youth league. It would be counter-revolutionary and ill-disciplined for me to refuse the call by branches."

ANCYL members will be nominating their preferred candidate for the position and pronouncements were expected to be made next week.

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