2010-08-19 00:00

THE African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has rejected a resolution by its youth wing in the province that two MECs must step down because they have failed to develop specific youth empowerment programmes within their departments.

The call was one of the resolutions taken during ANC Youth League’s provincial general council (PGC), which was held at the Edgewood campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pinetown at the weekend.

ThePGC voiced the youth league’s dissatisfaction with the MEC for Social Development, Meshack Radebe, and MEC for Public Works and Human Settlements Praggie Govender.

It called for a reshuffle of the provincial cabinet, especially of these two portfolios.

In a statement, Sihle Zikalala, the ANC provincial secretary, said yesterday that “the ANC noted with great shock and dismay pronouncements by the ANCYL”.

“It is very unfortunate that the ANCYL has decided to go public about the names of other leaders without good cause and substance.

“We would have expected the ANCL to approach the ANC leadership internally in this regard before making such public pronouncements.”

Zikalala pointed out that it is the ANC that appoints MECs, and as it stands, the ANC still has confidence in all MECs of the ANC-led provincial government.

“The ANC has repeatedly called on all its members to refrain from public smears and character assassination of its leaders and members.

“We warn the ANCYL to ensure that it uses internal proper channels to address their concerns,” Zikalala added.

At the time of going to print no ANCYL leader in the province was available to comment on Zikalala’s statement.

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