‘Punish unruly cadres’

2011-09-07 00:00

THE African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader of the Moses Mabhida region, Fana Lembede, says all ANCYL members who burnt ANC flags and President Jacob Zuma’s T-shirt should be hauled before the disciplinary committee.

Lembede said this in reaction to a venomous attack on the ANCYL leadership by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who, among other things, insinuated that ill-disciplined ANCYL members are a poison that needs to be rooted out of the ANC for the good of the party.

Mantashe reportedly said this while addressing the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) conference in Johannesburg on Monday, amid condemnation ofthe violent ANCYL protest by all ANC alliance organisations this week.

Mantashe reportedly said the ANC needs to find its values again as a movement in which leadership is respected and democratic debate is the order of the day instead of threats and power battles.

“We need selflessness; you need to give your soul to the movement.

“Not what everyone is doing at the moment, joining the ANC because it creates an opportunity for self-enrichment …” said Mantashe.

Lembede said the ANCYL in KZN decided not to join the protest as doing so would have opened the platform for ANC enemies to exploit the situation.

Lembede’s call for youth league members involved in the chaos to be dealt with is in direct contrast with the decision taken by their Limpopo counterparts, who said no disciplinary action will be taken against those behind the chaos.

KZN Young Communist League organising secretary Mlondolozi Mkhize agreed with Mantashe that the ANC is now infested with people who are using its structures for wealth accumulation.

“People in the ANC, especially leadership, have accumulated a lot of wealth in a short period of 17 years. Malema is not denying allegations of fraud and corruption levelled against him, but only says it’s politically motivated.

“The past three incidents — chaos at the Polokwane conference where the then national chairperson Terror Lekota was booed, the march to Luthuli House to support individuals and the burning of the ANC flag — are clear indications that the ANC has lost its values as an organisation,” Mkhize said.

He suggested that those who burnt the ANC flag were demonstrating that they no longer want the ANC to lead the government.

“The MK [Umkhonto WeSizwe] combatants burnt the apartheid flag to demonstrate their disapproval of apartheid rule. In Libya recently the rebels burnt the Libyan flag to show their opposition to [Colonel Muammar] Gaddafi. Are ANCYL supporters now denouncing the ANC rule?” asked Mkhize.

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