KZN backs Malema

2010-05-18 00:00

WHILE the ANC Youth League is plagued by succession battles nationally, characterised by recent disruptions of provincial conferences, the KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL has vowed that its coming conference will be without any incident — and said they support Julius Malema to continue as leader.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday following the disruption that led to the abandonment of the ANCYL Eastern Cape conference at the weekend, KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL secretary Bheki Mtolo condemned the recent disruption of conferences and promised that unlike these, the KwaZulu-Natal conference will be problem free.

The Limpopo ANCYL conference last month was also disrupted as provincial leadership there are divided on whom to support during next year’s ANCYL national elective conference — the current president Julius Malema or his deputy Ayanda Lungisa (who is expected to challenge Malema for the presidency).

Mtolo said as the KwaZulu-Natal branch, they are clear on the succession issue as they are united in supporting the retention of Malema at the helm of the youth league.

“We want the status quo to remain in the national leadership as our president Julius Malema is still very young and we don’t see a need to change the leadership,” he continued.

“We think comrade Julius has made his own footprint and he has taken the youth league to a higher particular level and we want him to continue as this will serve the best interest of the youth,” Mtolo said.

Asked about last week’s ANC disciplinary action taken against Malema, Mtolo said they support the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANCYL’s stand that the national disciplinary committee of the ANC did not follow constitutional procedure in disciplining Malema.

“We believe that we need to engage the leadership on the fact that the procedure was flawed on the charges against the president,” Mtolo said.

Commenting on disruptions of provincial conferences in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape, he blamed it on people who are new to the ANCYL and do not understand the processes of the youth league.

“Some of these people are sponsored by outside forces, who would like to shape the leadership of the youth league for their own benefit. That could be avoided by cautioning our members that it is their responsibility to defend the youth league at all times and to intensify political education, especially to our new members.”

Although Mtolo would not confirm it, The Witness has been reliably informed that the provincial conference is expected to take place this coming weekend over a period of three days.

Current provincial chairperson Mxolisi Kaunda, who is also the chairperson of the Transport Portfolio Committee at the provincial legislature, does not qualify to continue leading the youth league as he is currently above the age limit to be the member of the ANCYL.

Mtolo said preparations are at an advanced stage and all regions have nominated their candidates who will be revealed by the election agents during the plenary session of the conference.

Bheki Mtolo, ANCYL KZN secretary-general

We think comrade Julius has made his own footprint.

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