ANCYL cracks deepen as Eastern Cape branch rejects call for early conference

2016-09-02 20:20
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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Eastern Cape has rejected a call by its mother body for an early party elective conference, exposing more divisions in its structures.

"It is a view of the branches of the ANCYL after our provincial general council (PGC) meeting on Sunday that in the province a call for an early elective conference is rejected. The view of the meeting was that an early conference will not bring us anything better from the conference that is intended in December next year," provincial ANCYL spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa told News24.

Lungisa said having an early conference would be a logistical nightmare for the branches and cause more harm than good.

He said the provincial branches instead resolved that President Jacob Zuma needed to resign as both president of the country and the ANC.

They, however, wanted Zuma to "remain a member of the national executive committee [NEC] which must deliver a national congress on said date".

Lungisa said these resolutions would be discussed in the provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting this weekend.

"We have been given a directive by branches. In the PEC meeting, we will present the outcomes and analysis of what led to the current climate. On Sunday we will give the nation something better."

In August the national ANCYL leaders called for an early elective conference during a media briefing. They decried the ANC's performance in the 2016 local government elections, saying the party could not absolve itself of people's unhappiness with it.

The ANC experienced an overall decline in the 2016 elections, failing to retain power in three of the country's metros.

ANCYL acting like a 'private militia'

Lungisa however placed some of the blame on the feet of his ANCYL national leaders, calling their actions "clumsy" and "weak".

He said the ANCYL's national leadership was not doing its job of mobilising the youth but instead it acted like a "private militia for certain individuals".

"The rise of EFF should be attributed to the weakness of ANCYL and the NEC who are not holding the ground on issues of young people and continue to be a militia for individuals... A youth league can never be found in squabbles with the Gupta family or talking for any other individual.

"We should spend less time talking about Cabinet reshuffles or who should be in the Cabinet, but we should be talking about the youth programmes... The relationship we have with NEC should be a relationship which does not seek to elevate or praise or undermine anyone," he said.

Lungisa said the provincial structures were disappointed with the conduct of its ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza who called for ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe to resign.

Nzuza hit out at Mantashe after he recently made statements that it would be easier for some in the party to resign than for them to be asked to leave.  

In response ANCYL president Collen Maine said he was surprised by Lungisa's statement. He said this showed ill-discipline on the part of provincial structures.

"If that is the statement of the youth, it is unfortunate. We sent deployees to PGC last week and Luthuli House has the report. There must also be appreciation that no disciplined member would call for Zuma to go. That amounts to ill-discipline. That view must come through structures not the media. They must talk to us."

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