ANCYL disbandment: KZN regions divided

2011-10-04 00:00

MEMBERS of the ANC Youth League in regions across KwaZulu-Natal have reacted with different views to the decision by the ANCYL national executive committee to disband the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee and to charge its three top leaders, including chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane.

This emerged as the ANCYL NEC embarked on a campaign to explain to regions across the province why it decided to disband the KZN provincial executive (PEC).

A survey by The Witness of members of ANCYL regions across the province showed that some are in support of the NEC decision

Others say the decision is likely to spark a revolt against the national leadership.

The Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg), Bhambatha (uMzinyathi) and North Coast (Mpangeni/Richards Bay) regions reportedly defied an order from the PEC to convene their regional general councils, despite the fact that the NEC leadership was in the province at the weekend to address them.

The ANCYL NEC was locked in a crucial meeting last night with members of the leadership in eThekwini, the biggest and most influential region of the ANCYL, which has made it clear that it supports the disbanded PEC “and will die where it dies”.

eThekwini region is believed to be divided as some branches and members within the regional executive committee (REC), including secretary Vukani Ndlovu, are said to side with the NEC.

ANCYL national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said in a statement yesterday that the NEC has visited five regions.

These regions are the Lower South Coast, Harry Gwala in Sisonke, eMalahleni in Amajuba area, Ukhahlamba in the Uthukela area and Preva Khumalo in Ilembe area.

He said branches and RECs accepted the decision of the ­ANCYL NEC meeting to disband the PEC and impose discipline on its members.

Shivambu said the NEC will meet the remaining five regions, including Moses Mabhida, Bhambatha, North Coast, Far North (Umkhanyakude area) and Abaqulusi (Zululand) on Friday and Saturday.

Regions that are believed to be against the disbandment are eThekwini, Moses Mabhida, Abaqulusi, Preva Khumalo, uMzinyathi and North Coast, while the Harry Gwala, eMalahleni and uKhahlamba are said to support the move.

How the the South Coast and Far North regions stand on the issue is not known.

Meanwhile, the ANCYL NEC seems to be backing down on its plan to charge KZN chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane and deputy provincial secretary Sboniso Duma following pronouncements by secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa.

In a radio interview Magaqa said the two are now former ANCYL members because they are above the ANCYL age restriction of 35 years.

Magaqa said the NEC will proceed only with charging the provincial treasurer, Yolanda Young.

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