ANCYL apologises for ‘tribalism’ jibe

2013-02-28 00:00

THE ANC Youth League apologised to the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal for accusing it of tribalism.

This week the ANC revealed the youth body made an “unconditional apology” at a meeting held last week when party bosses paid a visit to the province to assess the state of the organisation.

In a statement, the ANC said the youth league apprised them of plans to rebuild themselves in the province.

“The ANC provincial executive committee also accepted from the ANCYL an apology for the utterances it made last year.

“During the provincial working committee meeting, the ANCYL expressed its unconditional apology for having accused the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal of tribalism,” the statement said.

The Witness has established that a number of issues were discussed that had led to a rift between the ANC provincial leaders and the youth body.

One concern expressed was of the conduct of the ANCYL leading up to the Mangaung elective conference in December.

Some ANCYL league leaders had made statements not only accusing President Jacob Zuma of tribalism, but also the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.

In April last year the provincial ANC had to distance itself from a candidate list that was circulated to provinces and dominated by Zulus.

At the time the province complained about being linked to the list as a move to tarnish it by organising along tribal lines.

“We want to emphasise that we have never, and will never, approach issues of leadership on the basis of tribalism. We understand and preserve the principle of unity of all sections of people …” provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala was quoted as saying at the time.

Yesterday, a party insider said the issue of tribalism came up at last week’s meeting.

The source said although the ANC provincial leadership had not expected a response, a member of the ANCYL national working committee member made the apology.

ANC provincial spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said there had been issues between the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and the league, and after the Mangaung conference there was a need to set aside differences. “We think it is an issue that is closed now,” Mkhize said.

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