Eastern Cape ANCYL in talks to reverse disbandment

2016-11-25 20:35
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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape will be meeting with top party officials on Monday to discuss its appeal after it was disbanded in October. 

"A team of the ANC's top brass will be coming to Bhisho for a meeting with the leadership to discuss our appeal," an ANCYL member who wished to remain anonymous told News24. 

The source said ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe would be among those in a national executive committee (NEC) delegation who would be meeting with the province's youth league leaders.

News24 previously reported that the league had written to Mantashe to allow them to appeal their disbandment. 

The Eastern Cape ANCYL was dissolved by the NEC after calling for President Zuma to resign.

Provincial spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa could not confirm or deny the meeting.

Eastern Cape ANC secretary general Oscar Mabuyane, however, confirmed that the NEC would be meeting with the league. 

Unfinished terms

Mabuyane said, while the provincial executive committee remained neutral in ANCYL matters, the disbandment of the league was not helping its plans to rejuvenate the party in the province following a slump in the local government elections. 

"The process of the national officials will help, but we really don't feature anywhere on that space. The ANCYL is autonomous. The ANC has interest in the ANCYL because it's a breeding ground for future leaders of the ANC. Any attempt to destabilise the youth league in the province is not good."

In the past five years, no ANCYL in the province has finished its term as all have been disbanded, Mabuyane said.

"If we can continue with a youth league that develops this way it's a problem. We have learnt this of disbandment, it's not helping... For us to sleep and wake up tomorrow for it to be disbanded it's not right. We have been speaking a language of consolidating as the province. If this continues we are very far from achieving our goals." 

Another source within the Eastern Cape ANCYL said Mantashe was sympathetic to their appeal.

"We are going into this meeting with high hopes that this moronic decision by NEC of the ANCYL will be reversed. We know that Mantashe is sympathetic to our cause."

The national ANCYL appointed a provincial task team which it said had "lucid time frames on when to take the province to its provincial congress".

National ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize would not comment, however, he did say they did not know whether the disbandment was on the agenda or not.

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