KZN ANCYL wants ANC to step in

2011-09-30 00:00

THE embattled executive committee of the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal plans to approach the national executive committee of the ANC to intervene and resolve the standoff between it and the national working committee of the ANCYL.

This follows Tuesday’s letter from the ANCYL national working committee stripping the KZN provincial executive committee (PEC) of its powers after allegations that the provincial structure is divided.

In a media statement yesterday the PEC confirmed that it has written to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe asking the party’s national executive committee to intervene.

The PEC also resolved to continue engaging with the national executive committee of ANCYL.

The standoff is thought to be the result of the PEC’s decision not to bus supporters to ANC headquarters in Johannesburg when ANCYL presidentJulius Malema and other leaders appeared before an ANC disciplinary committee.

KZN ANCYL support for President Jacob Zuma to be given a second term as ANC leader at the party’s Mangaung 2012 elective conference is another issue of contention. The youth league’s national leadership reportedly supports deputy president Kgalema Motlhanthe.

The deputy president of the KZN ANCYL, Sboniso Duma, told The Witness the PEC is assessing its support from branches. Support has been received from eThekwini, the biggest and most influential ANCYL region, Moses Mabhida (Pietermaritzburg) region and branches on the north and south coasts.

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