ANCYL calls for ‘fair’ ANC discipline

2011-09-27 00:00

THE embattled national leadership of the ANC Youth League has called on the ANC “to apply discipline consistently” by hauling the KwaZulu-Natal leadership before a disciplinary hearing for violating an ANC directive not to engage in debate about the post-2012 succession.

The call was made by national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu following a weekend meeting between the ANCYL national leadership and a faction led by KZN secretary Bheki Mtolo.

The national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC put a stop to leadership succession debates around the 2012 elective conference, fearing division in the party.

The succession debate is said to be behind the reported division within the KZN ANCYL leadership, with provincial chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane said to be leading a faction backing the re-election of Jacob Zuma, while Mtolo needs another group aligned to ANCYL leaders who want Zuma to be replaced.

Shivambu said the league is abiding by the ANC’s ban, but some of its provinces have inquired whether the debate is now open, following the KZN branch’s pronouncements.

“In this regard, the ANC Youth League expects the leadership of the ANC to apply discipline consistently and act against members who violate the directives of the ANC on discussion of succession debate,” said Shivambu, who is facing an ANC disciplinary hearing along with ANCYL president Julius Malema and several NEC members.

Referring to talk about the disbandment of the KZN leadership, Shivambu said Dlungwane and deputy provincial secretary Sboniso Duma are “raising false alarms and creating confusion”. He said they have declined to engage with the national leadership directly.

Duma and Dlungwane refused to comment on Shivambu’s statement.

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