Do not disrupt ANCYL conference – ANC

2011-06-06 08:29

Leaders found lobbying for preferred candidates or interfering in the ANC Youth League’s elective conference may face disciplinary action, an ANC spokesperson said.

“We don’t want to see any interference in the elective conference process, or with NEC (national executive committee) members coming up with preferred candidates who they want to see in the new leadership of ANCYL,” Brian Sokutu said yesterday.

“The organisation will not hesitate to bring such leaders before the ANC National Disciplinary Committee. It would, therefore, not be prudent of any ANC leaders to involve themselves in any lobbying or preference activities, including allegations of a disruptive nature in the build-up to the forthcoming conference.”

Such disruptive activities would only bring the ANC into disrepute, the ANC said in a statement.

“It is in this vein that we would like to restate that the NEC of the ANC has no preferred candidates for the presidency or any other leadership position in the Youth League,” it said.

“It is against this background that the ANC leadership will work with any leadership that is democratically elected by the ANCYL at its national conference.”

Sokutu emphasised that the ANCYL conference had nothing to do with the ANC leadership including President Jacob Zuma, deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe and secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

“ANC structures have not as yet pronounced on their preferred candidates for the ANC leadership. They will do so at an appropriate time in 2012 prior to the ANC national elective conference.

“We would therefore like to restate that the upcoming ANCYL elective conference has absolutely no bearing and is no precursor to the ANC elective conference in 2012.”

The ANC said it also noted with “concern” insinuations made in the media on the unseating of Zuma.

“We have noted that in the period leading to the ANC National General Council, the same negative sentiments – quoting ghost sources within the ANC and its Youth League were made. Those sections of the media who predicted gloom and mayhem at the ANC NGC were made to eat humble pie as the NGC proceeded with its mandated constitutional work without any glitches,” the statement said.

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