ECape ANCYL embraces high court ruling

2010-07-10 16:11

A Grahamstown High Court ruling reinstating the ANC Youth League’s

Eastern Cape executive committee (PEC) is a victory against bullying and abuse

of power, the provincial league has said.

“The provincial executive committee of ANCYL in Eastern Cape is

delighted by the high court decision,” a statement from the league said.

The Grahamstown High court yesterday ruled against the ANC Youth

League in the Eastern Cape holding an elective conference and reinstated the

province’s dissolved executive committee (PEC).

According to court papers, Judge Geraldine Beshe set aside the

decision taken on June 9 by the ANCYL national working committee to dissolve the

PEC, declaring the decision unlawful.

The league also could not hold an elective congress in the province

unless it was convened “with the participation of the PEC”.

The ANCYL was ordered to pay costs in the matter.

The PEC said it felt “vindicated” by the decision.

It said its “purported disbandment” had no rationale and was

nothing but an “old monkey trick to corrupt and manipulate the outcome of an

upcoming provincial congress”.

It said the chapter was a dark day in the league’s time that had

come under the leadership of ANCYL league president Julius Malema and his

deputy, Andile Lungisa.

“The court application was a last resort after being treated with

disdain by all structures of the ANCYL,” the statement said.

“The PEC view this chapter as sad and a dark day in ANCYL history

under the presidency of Julius Malema and Andile Lungisa.”

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said the league disagreed with

the judgment and would lodge an appeal.

He said the league was a “federal organisation, unitary and bound

by principles of democratic centralism”.

“In terms of these principles, decisions of higher structures bind

all lower structures,” Shivambu said.

The Eastern Cape PEC was disbanded after the province failed on two

occasions to hold a conference to elect new leadership.

A leadership race was at the centre of this failure with

allegations of flawed credentials marring the first attempt.

The battle was between Ayanda Matiti, aligned to Malema and Mawanda

Ndakisa, who backed Lungisa.

The race for provincial leadership in the youth league is directly

linked to its national elective conference to take place next year.

Malema is reportedly facing fierce competition from Lungisa.

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