ANCYL leaders axed by ANC

2013-03-18 00:00

THE poised axe finally fell on the leaders of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) yesterday, when the mother body disbanded its national executive committee.

The decision was taken after the ANC’s national officials presented a progress report on the youth wing following a bilateral meeting in February.

The ANC would not confirm the disbandment yesterday, but three independent sources confirmed the decision was taken at the meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) in Tshwane.

“I can confirm that the league has been disbanded. It is not for us to communicate it,” Eastern Cape ANCYL provincial secretary Mziwonke Ndabeni said.

KZN youth leader Vukani Ndlovu would only say he had heard rumours about the disbandment.

“The ANC NEC meeting has not ended. The ANC has not briefed us, so it is still hearsay. We will wait for the ANC to brief us,” Ndlovu said, adding that it would come as a shock to him if the ANCYL NEC had been disbanded.

Nevertheless, the league would abide by such a decision if it was taken.

“There is no way we can’t respect the decision of the ANC,” Ndlovu said.

Another ANCYL NEC member told The Witness that they were notified about the decision by text messages from an administrator in the office of ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and ANCYL deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi, who attended the Tshwane meeting.

A message from Mantashe’s office reportedly stated that the ANC NEC had decided to disband the youth league’s national leadership “with immediate effect”.

Another message from Mosenogi also confirmed the disbandment.

“Comrades please note that the ANC has resolved on disbanding the ANCYL NEC and a national task team will be constituted. We will await the ANC to formally communicate,” read the message.

Mosenogi also urged ANCYL leaders to remain calm.

“We call on all of us to exercise [a] high level of discipline and respect the ANC decision and processes.

“We must submit ourselves to the ANC and the national task team that will be established. Aluta Continua.”

The ANCYL had been a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma under former leader Julius Malema and in the run-up to the party’s Mangaung conference last year.

It unsuccessfully lobbied for the party’s former deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe, to unseat Zuma.

The league escaped disbandment at that conference. However, a resolution was taken that the NEC should intervene in its affairs, a move that fuelled speculation it would be disbanded.

But Zuma had allayed those fears, saying the ruling party would ensure the league continued to “live up to its proud legacy of being a preparatory school for ANC cadreship”.

Mantashe had said that disbanding the league would be a decision based on the ANC’s progress in making the youth body function.

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