Mpuma ANCYL braced for showdown with ANC

2012-05-29 11:01

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Mpumalanga and the party’s mother body are bracing for a showdown amid suspicions that the pro-Malema youth wing might be disbanded.

Mpumalanga ANC spokesperson Siphosezwe Masango said the provincial executive committee (PEC) was assessing whether or not the Youth League was functional following the resignation of 13 members from its 25-member PEC last November.

In addition, the league decided to disband the Ehlanzeni and Nkangala regional executive committees, during a purge of Premier David Mabuza’s supporters and opponents of former national ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The youth league did not support a second term for Mabuza as ANC provincial chairperson during a provincial conference in February this year.

They previously snubbed Mabuza’s overtures to turn them against supporting Malema’s second term.

Mabuza is backing a second term for President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung, and since he has been re-elected provincial chairperson, Mpumalanga will be rallying behind the president.

“There’s no firm decision yet to disband the ANCYL. It might be disbanded if it is found to be dysfunctional ... the mother body has an obligation to supervise all the leagues in terms of the (ANC) constitution,” Masango said.

“The PEC has observed that 13 ANCYL executive members have resigned and that two out of the four regions of the ANCYL were disbanded. The ANC has therefore noted serious weaknesses,” he added.

The youth league’s provincial secretary Clarence Maseko said the ANC PEC was “not constitutionally empowered” to disband the youth league’s PEC.

“No. We can’t be disbanded by the ANC because it’s not their matter,” Maseko said.

“It’s very obvious that they want to disband us because we refused to support Mabuza for a second term and we defied instruction not to support Malema to be re-elected ANCYL president,” he added.

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