ANC is constipated, say KZN’s young reds

2012-02-10 00:00

ANOTHER ANC-aligned youth organisation in KwaZulu-Natal has joined the call for the removal of ANC provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize when the ANC holds its provincial elective conference in the middle of the year.

While the KZN chapter of the Young Communist League (YCL) supports President Jacob Zuma’s continued leadership, it is calling for Mkhize to be replaced.

The young reds say the alliance in the province is “suffering from political constipation under the current leader of the ANC in the province”.

YCL provincial spokesperson Khetha Dlamini told a recent two-day meeting of the league that the young communists in KZN had decided that they want the leadership in the province to be changed across the board.

“We believe that the province of KZN needs leadership with a strong character, which will take other alliance components into consideration when decisions are made about the affairs of the province at the political level and on governance.”

Earlier this month another ANC-aligned youth organisation, the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco), came under fire from ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala for supporting Education MEC Senzo Mchunu to replace Mkhize as the provincial chairperson.

In a statement Zikalala called on Sasco and other ANC members “to refrain from applying foreign tendencies in the organisation as if it is an acceptable procedure”.

“The unity and cohesion of the organisation cannot be compromised just because we are approaching conferences. The ANC conferences are not for electing only, but also to review policies, adopt the programme of action in a form of resolutions and lastly elect leadership … The ANC urges all its members to refrain from discussing issues of leadership outside structures of the organisation.”

Zikalala said the YCL was not part of the ANC and had no right to comment on the party’s internal matters. “We strongly caution the YCL to respect our independence as we don’t interfere with their mother body … when they are about to hold its conferences.”

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