Divisions mount high for ANCYL members

2018-07-06 06:00

DIVISIONS are high between members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Harry Gwala Region.

This was after members of the ANCYL in the region have shown different views about who must lead the organisation, as they prepare for the national congress from September 6 to September 11.

On June 8, Harry Gwala Youth League secretary, Qiniso Ntozakhe told the Fever that members of the league would be supporting the KwaZulu-Natal youth league provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela for the leadership position at the congress.

However, former Harry Gwala District youth league spokesperson Ntando Maduna spoke out on social media about supporting youth league treasure-general Reggie Nkabinde for presidency.

Following Maduna’s social media posts about his support for Nkabinde, a special Regional Executive Committee (REC) meeting was convened at ANC offices in Ixopo on Monday and a decision was taken to remove him as regional spokesperson.

Ntozakhe confirmed that Maduna was removed from his position because the youth league has lost trust on him.

“The REC felt that it could no longer trust this comrade (Maduna) to continue heading communication sub-committee as he has publicly divorced REC decisions and misrepresented REC perspectives on social media,” said Ntozakhe in a statement on Monday.

Speaking to the Fever, Ntozakhe said Maduna sided along with the members of youth league who were at the meeting when the decision of supporting Sabela was taken.

“He (Maduna) has contradicted our view. We have lost trust on him as he went to a public platform to announce his support for Nkabinde while we have agreed to support Sabela. He even approached some branches of the party mobilising support for Nkabinde,” added Ntozakhe.

In response, Maduna confirmed that he has been removed in his position and he would not be stopped from speaking out about he believed.

“It’s okay I can be removed from my position and I am not going to stop supporting Nkabinde for the leadership position because he qualifies and is passionate about youth needs,” said Maduna.

He said some branches in the Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma sub-region have showed full support of Nkabinde.

He said he will mobilise other branches in Harry Gwala to support Nkabinde.

Other items discussed at special REC meeting include the preparations for the 2019 general elections and the newly elected ANC regional task team which was elected to build political stability in Harry Gwala.

The REC also welcomed the newly appointed structure of Congress of South African Student organisation (Cosas) in Harry Gwala currently chaired by Ongezwa Maqashalala.

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