Juju says no to peace

2010-07-11 10:36

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has rejected a proposal from the ANC which would possibly have gone some way towards solving the league’s leadership problems.

The ANC’s intervention, which was meant to put an end to the court litigation between the league’s national leadership and its ousted leaders in Limpopo and Eastern Cape, bore no fruit on Tuesday.

It is understood that ANC ­deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe suggested the league drop disciplinary charges against former Limpopo ­ANCYL leader Lehlogonolo ­Masoga and ­reconvene the ­controversial ­Limpopo and Eastern Cape ­conferences, but ANCYL ­president Julius Malema ­apparently “threw a ­tantrum”.

A seething Malema argued that the ANC could not interfere in the league’s “internal matters” and that Masoga and his group had to be punished “severely”, a source privy to Tuesday’s meeting said.

ANCYL secretary-general ­Vuyiswa Tulelo and Malema’s ally in Limpopo, Clifford Motsepe, supported Malema in his tirade.

The source said: “The ANC leadership were shocked by ­Malema’s reaction. This tantrum won the day as the ANC could not convince them otherwise.

“Malema’s argument was that the ANC cannot impose on the league what it should do.”

Malema also declined a “peace deal” brokered by Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale with Masoga, for Masoga to drop his court case against the ANCYL and the ­Makhado conference where he was ousted to be reconvened.

But the move could make ­Malema’s re-election bid in 2011 even rockier than it has been so far.

On Thursday the league’s national working committee (NWC) resolved that it would pursue its disciplinary ­action against Masoga and not reconvene the Limpopo conference as per the ANC’s request.

Malema is said to have told the NWC meeting that Masoga and the disbanded Eastern Cape ­leadership had to be removed from the organisation.
An ANCYL source said: “He said we must get rid of ill-disciplined hooligans and anarchists in Limpopo and Eastern Cape. The league is now reinforcing its legal battle against Masoga.”

It is understood that Malema’s deputy and rival, Andile Lungisa, suggested there should be a political solution to Masoga’s problems, but Malema shot down his proposal too.

Masoga’s ­attempt to block the league’s ­disciplinary action is expected to be heard in the South Gauteng High Court tomorrow.

On Friday, however, the ­Grahamstown High Court ­reinstated the ANCYL’s disbanded Eastern Cape provincial ­executive committee (PEC) and interdicted the league’s provincial conference which was scheduled to take place this weekend.

Tulelo dissolved the Eastern Cape PEC last month after it had failed twice to convene provincial ­conferences.

The revolt against Malema has also halted the league’s all-important national general council, which was ­apparently scrapped to buy time for Malema.
Despite the revolt, the league’s leadership has tried to show a united front.

Lungisa was forced to issue a statement distancing himself from the anti-Malema revolt.

He said: “I hold a view that those who take the ANCYL to court are ill-disciplined, because discussions should take place within the organisation, accepting all principles of democratic centralism.”

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu could not be drawn to comment.

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