KZN ANCYL ‘under threat’

2011-06-13 00:00

AS this week’s ANC Youth League elective conference in Midrand, Johannesburg, draws closer and with several provinces such as Gauteng and Limpopo publicly stating that they will support incumbent ANCYL president Julius Malema for re-election, the road to the conference has been marked by accounts of assault, intimidation, and victimisation.

Threats and violence have been directed at youth league members opposed to Malema’s bid for a second term, the City Press reported yesterday.

Some of the league members who have told of their suffering at the hands of Malema supporters are with branches on the South Coast.

An ANCYL leader in KwaZulu-Natal said, “This congress happens under extreme fear and intimidation in the structures of the league.”

The Lower South Coast region in KZN is one of several league regions that were disbanded and saw new leaders sympathetic to Malema installed.

The region has proved to be a thorn in Malema’s side in his bid to retain control of the young lions.

It has now emerged that the ­ANCYL provincial general council (PGC) meeting in KwaZulu-Natal last week was marred by violence directed at supporters of Lebogang Maile, the Gauteng sports MEC and chairperson of ANCYL in the province.

A delegate from the Lower South Coast region was allegedly assaulted during the PGC after seconding Wandile Mkhize for the league’s position of treasurer-general.

Mkhize is a powerful figure in the Lower South Coast region and a Maile ally. He is credited with saving Andile Lungisa’s skin when the league’s inaugural national council last year called for his expulsion.

The league’s KZN leadership stands accused of using violence and intimidation in installing new leaders in Nzimakwe village branch on the South Coast in March.

Sources said provincial deputy chairperson Sindiso Magaqa, who is contesting the secretary-general position, intimidated people by brandishing a gun at a meeting.

But ANCYL secretary in KZN Bheki Mtolo vehemently denied this.

At least 60 police officials were reportedly called in after the meeting to disperse 270 local people who were preventing them from leaving, he said.

He said police were forced to use teargas when the mob started throwing stones at them.

An ANCYL insider said, “We don’t hate Malema. He is a lovely, nice chubby boy who is very reserved and very quiet by nature.

“He tends to lose it because of the excitement of the microphone,”

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu poured scorn on all the allegations levelled against the league.

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