Real fear of ANC Youth League split

2010-06-05 16:49

Warring ANC Youth League (ANCYL) factions in Eastern Cape held two

elective conferences in different cities today.

There was drama when the ­faction favoured by the organisation’s

president, Julius Malema, was evicted from the Orient Theatre venue in East

London after the municipality won a court interdict. It had to hold its

conference in a tent.

The conference was supposed to follow the league’s aborted

provincial conference of last month which was abandoned ­after a dispute between

the two factions – one of them aligned to ANCYL president Julius Malema and the

other to his deputy, Andile Lungisa.

This weekend’s conference is crucial for Lungisa if he is to

challenge Malema – who already has the backing of Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal –

for leadership next year, as the Eastern Cape is one of the strongest provinces

in the league.

For the past three weeks the two Eastern Cape groups have disagreed

over the venue of the conference. Exasperated, ANCYL secretary-general Vuyiswa

Tulelo declared East London the venue for the indaba, while outgoing provincial

secretary Mlibo Qoboshiyane said the conference must be in Port Elizabeth.

The outcome could be a Cope-type scenario where the two groups both

claim league leadership in this crucial province.

One grouping is led by current provincial ANCYL secretary Ayanda

Matiti, who is said to be Malema’s proxy, while the other is led by Mawande

Ndakisa, apparently Lungisa’s ally.

The East London conference, attended by Malema supporters only, had

not started because the Buffalo City municipality obtained a late night court

interdict evicting the ANCYL from the Orient Theatre, where the conference was

supposed to be held.

Tulelo said they vacated the hall at 2am today before they

could finish registering branches because they respected the court ruling.

She said she suspected the outgoing leadership had a hand in it as

they wanted the meeting to be held in Port Elizabeth, Lungisa’s home base.

Tulelo said the municipality kept changing their reasons for

eviction: first it claimed the League had fenced off its property and later that

League delegates would exceed the 1 000 seat capacity of the venue. Finally it

said the theatre was booked.

Tulelo said only a conference overseen by the national leadership

of the ANCYL will be regarded as valid and only the leadership it elects will be

regarded as legitimate.

Qoboshiyane said he was surprised that the national executive had

not arrived as they knew about the conference in Coega Village.

“We are going to approach the ANC to oversee its political work.

It’s nothing new, there is a precedent for that in Mangaung in 2008,” he


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