Youth league top guns in talks to disband ANCYL in KZN

2011-09-26 00:00

SENIOR ANC Youth League leaders, led by their secretary-general, Sindiso Magaqa, and national spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, were yesterday reportedly in a meeting with a faction led by ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal secretary Bheki Mtolo to discuss the disbandment of the youth league’s provincial leadership.

Magaqa and Shivambu were said to be holding a meeting at ANC provincial offices in Stalwart Simelane Street in Durban last night.

The meeting comes amid reports that the ANCYL provincial leadership is now divided into two factions — one led by Mtolo and the other led by provincial chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwane.

The Dlungwane-led faction is believed to be supporting President Jacob Zuma to continue leading the ANC for a second term at the ANC’s national elective congress in Mangaung next year.

The Mtolo-led faction and the ANCYL’s national leadership are said to support a change of the ruling party’s leadership.

Last week Dlungwane and Mtolo issued statements vehemently denying that they are leading different factions within the ANCYL in KZN.

The Witness learnt that although the meeting was supposed to be attended by all the provincial leaders, the Dlungwane faction decided to boycott the meeting because they are aware that it would announce the disbandment of the provincial leadership.

Tensions between the KZN ANCYL leadership and its national counterparts reached breaking point when the provincial leaders refused to send buses to support ANCYL president Julius Malema and the national leadership when they appeared before an ANC disciplinary hearing two weeks ago.

Dlungwane was quoted in media reports at the weekend as saying he is aware that branches are being lobbied to accept disbandment.

He said, “The issue relating to our disbandment has nothing to do with politics of the ANCYL in terms of the programmes and everything else, but had everything to do with our position: first and foremost of supporting President Zuma to come back as the president of the ANC in 2012 as well as to our stance with regards to the people who went to Luthuli House and burnt ANC materials.

“We are ready, if that’s what it means, we are very ready to face this“We are ready, if that’s what it means, we are very ready to face this issue and as such we remain firm and of the belief that we are going to continue leading the organisation.

Duma said supporting Zuma’s second term emanates from a decision taken by the provincial conference of the ANCYL last year.

The provincial executive committee reportedly lambasted Mtolo for trying to divide the ANCYL so that Zuma’s support would be weakened.

Mtolo, who is also the deputy mayor of the Greater Kokstad Municipality in KZN South, was also given an ultimatum by the provincial executive committee to choose whether to continue being the deputy mayor or the provincial secretary, said “the ANCYL constitution, the provincial secretary should be full-time”.

Speaking to Witness last night, Mtolo confirmed that a meeting was held with the national leadership, but declined to reveal what was being discussed at that meeting.

Regarding the PEC ultimatum to stick with one position, he said he was elected by branches “and its them who have to pronounce what I must do”.

“The ANC has a decision on what should happen to people who were elected to full-time positions who are now public office bearers.

“It was decided that they should stay on until the next elective conference. I am not the leader full-time person to occupy another full-time public position.

“The mayor of KwaDukuza and others hold full-time positions in the ANC and are full-time as mayors or deputy mayors,” he said.


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