ANCYL axe falls on KZN

2011-09-28 00:00

THE Witness confirmed last night that the national working committee of the ANC Youth League has sent a letter to the KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL leadership stating that the provincial leadership has been stripped of its powers.

“You know what this is about, don’t you? It is about the KZN ANCYL refusing to march against the ANC in Johannesburg, and refusing to burn ANC flags. We have, as a province, taken a decision that we will not allow the youth league to become what it is today,” a source said.

The source said 31 of the 43 members of the ANCYL provincial leadership back the retention of President Jacob Zuma as ANC president at the ruling party’s national conference in Bloemfontein in December next year.

The remaining 12 members, led by ANCYL provincial secretary and Greater Kokstad Deputy Mayor Bheki Mtolo, support the ANCYL national leadership’s preference to have Zuma replaced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Meanwhile, a political analyst said yesterday the showdown could arise out of a reported strategy on the part of the ANC’s national leadership to divide ANCYL provinces in order to weaken league president Julius Malema’s influence within the ANC ahead of the 2012 elective conference.

Professor Adam Habib said the disbandment of the KZN leadership would create more tension within the league and the ruling party and the ANC leadership will intervene to save the situation “as the youth league is just the wing of the ANC”.

“If I was the ANCYL leadership, I would not disband KZN because this will have serious implication for the beleaguered youth league.

“These ructions could be as a result of the reported ANC plan to divide ANCYL provinces, but the youth league cannot prove it,” Habib said.

After the showdown between the ANC and ANCYL national leadership, there were reports that the ANC was planning to weaken Malema’s support in the provinces.

Besides KZN, Western Cape and at least three other provinces have or are reportedly about to break ranks with the national leadership.

Following this week’s call by the ANCYL national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu for the ANC to apply discipline consistently by holding hearings against the KZN leadership for engaging in the 2012 leadership succession debate, KZN chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane denied these allegations and said Shivambu is the one who engaged in the subject.

“During the first NEC meeting of the ANCYL after the elections, Shivambu articulated reasons as to why the ANCYL should not support Zuma for the second term. Was that not engaging on succession debate? As KZN leadership we were asked by the media on why do we think was behind a call for our disbandment and we said we believe we were being targeted because of the provincial congress’s resolution to support president Zuma for the second term.” Dlungwane said.

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