ANC sets up team to resolve youth league tension

2010-08-03 16:30

The ANC has moved to put an end to the chaos engulfing its youth

wing by ordering its members to refrain from settling disputes in court.

The party’s national working committee (NWC), which met at Luthuli

House on Monday (August 2, 2010), also set up a team to resolve the tension

between ANC Youth League boss Julius Malema and his opponents in Limpopo and the

Eastern Cape by the end of the week.

Speaking at an ANC media briefing in Rivonia today, ANC

secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the team would be led by Deputy President

Kgalema Motlanthe.

“The NWC reaffirmed that it is a dismissible offence in the ANC to

take the ANC to court when all organisational processes have not been exhausted.

Where individuals go to court, they should be summarily suspended before any

considerations are made,” Mantashe said.

The intervention follows endless litigation between the former

Limpopo leader, Lehlogonolo Masoga, and the “disbanded” Eastern Cape leadership

under chairperson Mlibo Qoboshiyana against Malema.

In the Eastern Cape, where the proxies for Malema and his deputy,

Andile Lungisa, are slugging it out over leadership succession, the youth league

has not been able to hold a successful elective conference.

Mantashe said those who resorted to courts before exhausting

internal appeals processes would have to show why their suspensions should not

be turned into expulsion from the ruling party.

Mantashe denied the charge that the ANC had left its youth wing to

its own devices for too long, saying the party had found itself polarised after

its famous 2007 Polokwane elective conference.

He said the latest intervention, which prescribes the same

stringent punishment for acts of physical fights and the disruption of meetings,

did not mean that the ANC now ran its youth wing, but that the ruling party was

helping “the youth league run its affairs”.

“Having issued this instruction, we don’t expect any ANC structure

to engage in public debate on this matter,” he said.

The latest move comes against the background of an internal

discussion within the youth league about the need to defend its autonomy from

the mother body.

It also suggests that the ANC has lost patience with the way

Malema has run the organisation and has dealt with dissenting voices inside the


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