ANCYL Tshwane demands ‘youth friendly’ reshuffle

2012-07-11 15:29

The ANCYL in Tshwane has demanded that city mayor Sputla Ramokgopa reshuffle his mayoral committee and get rid of the “dead wood” by axing four councillors who are members of the committee.

Tshwane ANCYL chairperson Sbu Ngubeni said the league in the region wants the member of the mayoral committee for social development Sibongile Moselelane, MMC for environment and agriculture Nkele Malapane, MMC for housing Joshua Ngonyama and MMC for sport, arts and culture Faith Kgaditse to be given the boot because they have performed “terribly” since they were deployed to these positions a year ago.

“We think that the above MMCs were wrongly deployed and misplaced in fact we believe that the ANC Deployment Committee has taken the organisation two steps backwards by appointing these comrades and we strongly believe that they must be replaced,” said Ngubeni.

The league wants one of its own executive members, Matsena Matsena, to be appointed to replace one of the four councillors.

It also wants Ramokgopa to appoint councillors Aaron Maluleka, Peter Marema and Collen Marishane to these positions.

Ngubeni would not say what the league would do if Ramokgopa and the ANC Deployment Committee did not accede to their request but noted that they would take a decision on how to respond once Ramokgopa and the committee have made up their minds.

Rumours that Ramokgopa was under pressure to reshuffle his committee have been making rounds since last year’s regional ANC conference.

Ngubeni said it was important to include young people in the economy of the city and lashed Ramokgopa’s executive for not being “youth friendly” because it lacked younger people in leadership positions.

The league has called for Ramokgopa to appoint a new board to the Youth Development Unit, arguing that the department was being ineffective in ensuring that young people were economically free.

The league has also accused two current senior Tshwane officials and another former senior official of being “criminals” and colluding to oust Ramokgopa by 2014.

Asked what steps the league had taken to report the criminal allegations to police and whether Ramokgopa was aware of the allegations levelled against his officials, Ngubeni said the matter was still being discussed internally within the ANC in the region.

Ngubeni addressed the media at a press conference in Pretoria today where they alleged that the three individuals, who could not be reached for comment, had “cooked” the recent spate of service delivery protests in Metsweding to disrupt the council and embarrass Ramokgopa.

“The youth league has witnessed, with great disappointment, wolves covered in sheep skin in the name of service delivery protests in Metsweding only to find out that midnight meetings between (them) over expensive whisky and cigars are the ones that have been co-coordinating these protests in a bid to sabotage and connive against the office of the city mayor. We are also aware that they are part of criminal activities,” said Ngubeni who named the individuals concerned.

He said the three had colluded to award each other massive tenders and were part of a plot to unseat the ANC leadership in the region and the council.

The league has demanded that Ramokgopa also appoint the league’s chairperson, Ngubeni, to head the Youth Development Unit in Tshwane.
Numerous attempts to get comment from the councillors fingered in the reshuffle were unsuccessful.

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