Death threats in local ANCYL power battle

2011-11-18 00:00

A LOCAL ANC Youth League leader has been told his eight-year-old son will “grow up without a father” if he persists in pushing for the league’s regional elective conference, which was supposed to take place this weekend but has been postponed indefinitely.

A branch secretary of the league in greater Edendale , who wished not to be named, has since November 12 been receiving SMSes and numerous phone calls wearning him to stop campaigning for the ANCYL regional general conference (RGC) to take place tomorrow and Sunday — or he will die.

The first SMS he received read, “if u continue with regional congress yo days ar numbered in dis world I will deal with you accordingly remember da last time. I know whe u live with yo mother nd brother. I know whe yo so called girlfriend live pls send my regards to all of them.”

The man told The Witness he was shocked by the SMSes but declined to comment. He would only say he is considering reporting the matter to the police and the ANC.

Sources who alerted The Witness to the threats said unknown men driving a black Audi A6 with Gauteng registration plates visited the leader’s girlfriend while he was in an ANCYL meeting.

The men gave his girlfriend and son R100 each with a message that the leader knows “who the money is from”. Afterwards they sent an SMS to the leader: “u have a handsome boy with big eyes, i know you love him veri much i dnt want to hurt him his to young but that up to u. if you continue i will visit again in …”.

Another SMS stated that if he does not stop campaigning “he must visit funeral parlours and say goodbye to his loved ones as they would feel pain and regret the day he joined the ANC”.

The sitting of the RGC has been delayed since March. Branch secretaries and the provincial task team (PTT), which was set up to carry out the duties of the disbanded ANCYL provincial executive committee (PEC), have blamed the regional secretary and the chairperson for delaying the RGC.

PTT convener Vukani Ndlovu said the ANCYL Moses Mabhida secretary and chairperson, Sandile Gabela and Fana Lembethe, have been blocking the sitting of the RGC since March after their terms of office expired.

“Sandile and Lembethe are running away with branch files which need to be audited to hold the RGC … They are refusing because they don’t want to vacate their position,” said Ndlovu.

Gabela and Lembethe deny this, saying the branches are ready to hold the RGC, but with the PEC disbanded and the PTT not having an office, they do not know where to deliver the files for auditing.

Ndlovu and Lembethe said they are aware of the death threats against the youth leader and advised him to report the matter to the police.


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