KZN Reds defy leadership

2010-11-24 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal Young Communist League’s provincial executive committee (PEC) have adamantly dug in their heels and refused the headquarters’ call to have the committee dissolved ahead of the national elective conference to be held at the University of North West in Mafikeng in less than a month.

National leadership of the YLC is to impose an interim committee to take over from the PEC after it failed to elect new leadership by October 30. The interim committee is expected to organise branches in KZN for the elective conference to be held from December 9 to 12.

However, according to YCL KZN chairperson Bheka Mbuthuma, on Sunday the league’s provincial council took a decision refusing being replaced by the interim committee, saying that they want to be led by existing leadership until the next provincial elective conference.

They view this as a strategy to deter KZN branches from going to the conference and electing their preferred candidate, Khaye Nkwanyana, for the national secretary position to replace Buti Manamela.

Nkwanyana is currently the deputy national secretary.

Mbuthuma said that in the provincial council Nkwanyana was pronounced as their preferred candidate for the national secretary position.

New KZN leadership could not be elected on October 30 as the provincial congress had to be abandoned because there were problems with the authenticity of certain branches. YCL leaders said that they alerted national leadership beforehand about the problems and the congress was postponed.

YCL leaders, who wished not to be named, said they want Nkwanyana to take over the reins because since Manamela became a member of Parliament the strength of the YCL in challenging some of government’s shortcomings has dwindled.

They alleged that without a “full-time” national secretary the organisation has been weakened in areas of campaigning such as encouraging youth to get IDs so they can vote.

A YCL leader said that Nkwanyana’s candidacy to replace Manamela has been endorsed by Gauteng, Free State, four branches out of six in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. However, this could not be verified by the leadership of these provinces at the time of going to print.

According to the sources, Manamela’s backers want the organisation’s constitution to be amended at the elective conference to allow for the national secretary position to be part-time so that Manamela can be retained in it.

YCL national spokesperson Gugu Ndima rubbished KZN claims that they are being stonewalled as opportunistic statements. She also rubbished insinuations that there are plans to amend the constitution, saying there is no discussion within the organisation about compromising the “full-timeness” of the national secretary’s position.

On the dissolution of the PEC, Ndima said that according to the constitution of the organisation, their term of office has expired and constitutionally a task team has to be sent to check if the branches are in good standing for the elective conference.

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