ANCYL worried about enemies in Limpopo
Polokwane - Enemies of the ANC Youth League in Limpopo are wreaking havoc with its leadership ahead of a provincial conference in April, its chairperson Frans Moswane said Wednesday.
"We strongly feel that there are people working against the [African National Congress] Youth League in the province," Moswane said
"They are opposed to the current leadership... They are procured from Gauteng, targeting the leadership."
Moswane refused to name the "enemies" to whom he was referring.
Police said a policeman and a soldier were arrested on Wednesday for stalking the ANCYL's provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo.
Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the men were not armed, but that several "dangerous weapons" had been found in their car.
Police were investigating whether they were linked to a syndicate terrorising politicians in the province.
"Obviously we feel unsafe because some of our members have also been threatened [and] followed into their houses by unknown people," said Moswane.
"We cannot divorce this [from the] political situation in the country and the province."
Things had gone well up until the ANCYL started preparing for its provincial conference to be held between April 13 to 15, he said. "We suspect Lebogo was an entry point."
Moswane claimed it was part of a "political war" in the province.
"We did not know these people until we saw them today [Wednesday], but we are happy that police have been able to arrest them," he said.
He urged members to be wary of their surroundings all the time and said the April conference would run smoothly.
Moswane said he would not be seeking another term because of his age. ANCYL treasurer Rudzani Ludere would stand for his position.
The 2009 ANCYL elective conference in Makhado was marred by a split, with supporters of Moswane pitted against Lehlohonolo Masoga.
Moswane had the backing of embattled ANCYL president Julius Malema, a close friend of his, who expelled Masoga at the conference.
Police intervened, using a water cannon to disperse the crowd when the opposing groups became unruly. The Masoga group left.
Masoga has since become one of the most powerful ANC officials in Limpopo, Malema's home province. He was elected deputy chairperson of the Cuito Cuanavale branch in Flora Park last year.