ECape ANCYL sacks deputy chair

2012-02-27 12:58

ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape has sacked its deputy chairperson Thandolwethu Manda for constantly failing to attend meetings.

The league’s provincial executive committee invoked a clause in the league’s constitution which states that “one shall cease to be a member of the PEC should one absent oneself from two successive meetings without a valid decision”, said league spokesperson Nkosinathi Nomatiti today.

He said the decision was taken at a PEC meeting over the weekend.

Nomatiti said Manda had continuously failed to show up for leadership meetings and had also failed to provide valid reasons.

“This (decision) was really the only last option. There’s been no real apology from him,” he said.

Asked if Manda had been informed of the decision to sack him, Nomatiti said: “He knows he has consciously vacated his position. He knows the constitution of the organisation, it’s part of his responsibilities.”

Manda, who apparently gave excuses about work commitments, was recently elected as regional committee member in ANC’s Alfred Nzo branch.

PEC member Zukhanye “Mbasa” Satyi will take over from Manda in an acting capacity.

The ANCYL provincial general council to be held between April 27 and 29 had the power to rectify the PEC’s decision and place Satyi as the league’s provincial deputy chairperson.

Discussions at the two-day PEC meeting also centred around suspended youth league president Julius Malema and the Eastern Cape premier’s failure to speak on youth development during her state-of-the-province address.

The provincial leadership accused Kiviet of sidelining the youth, saying she lacked vision.

“We are perplexed and astounded about what would be the reasons (Kiviet) never said anything about what should be done to fight youth unemployment,” It said.

“We condemn this behaviour on the side of the premier and further express our lack of confidence in her to champion youth development.”

The PEC said this should not have been excluded considering the fact that the majority of the poor, the unemployed and economically marginalised in the Eastern Cape were the youth.

“Under these circumstances we are left with no other option but to believe that the premier seriously lacks vision and commitment to serve the people of the Eastern Cape.”

The league also criticised the provincial leadership of the ANC for refusing them an opportunity to speak during centenary celebrations held in East London last month.

It said the move by the leaders was “unwarranted” and “unacceptable”.

“This is in fact a tendency that is in contrast to the organisation’s unity and cohesion,” the league charged.

It further reiterated its call for a political solution for what it said were “political charges” against its national executive members.

“The ANC must and should see this as essentially in the best interests of organisational growth and development,” it said.

Malema and other youth league leaders – including his deputy Ronald Lamola, secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, league spokesman Floyd Shivambu and Gauteng ANC chairperson Lebohang Maile – were found guilty in November of bringing the ANC into disrepute and of sowing division in the party.

They are awaiting the outcome of arguments in mitigation and aggravation of their suspensions, which range from 18 months to five years.

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