ANCYL Ekurhuleni protesters ill-disciplined - Chairperson

2016-10-08 15:16

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Johannesburg – ANCYL members calling for the ANC to take over administration of its Ekurhuleni region are ill-disciplined, the league’s regional chair Lesiba Rampye said on Friday.

“They are saying the league is not giving them an audience, which I don’t agree with. It seems there are groups adamant that we must do things totally against organisational practice,” he told News24.

A handful of league members marched to their regional office on Thursday, asking for the ANC in Ekurhuleni to oversee processes leading to branch general meetings.

They alleged that gatekeeping, factionalism, and patronage were plaguing the region. It would hold its national conference to elect new leadership in 2017.

“We need our leaders to take over the administration of the ANC Youth League,” said Khutso Madimetja, one of the league members who handed a memorandum to regional secretary Theliswa Mgweba.

Madimetja told News24 there was too much gatekeeping in the region, leading to some people having their applications for league membership rejected.

Last month, a group attempted to occupy the league’s offices, asking for Rampye to intervene. Madimetja believed he was part of the league’s problems in Ekurhuleni. He said Rampye had failed to take action in the past 18 months.

Rampye said such attacks came hand-in-hand with leadership.

“Leaders usually take much of the flak from ordinary members when they are frustrated. It is totally normal.”

Rampye said he had committed to resolving complaints about registrations when they were raised in September. He however disagreed with demands to register new members in bulk.

Ill discipline

He said the league needed to see every prospective member in person, as had happened when Julius Malema was ANCYL leader.

“When branches accept new members, they must be able to say we know this person, he is a delinquent, he can’t be a member. Or a person was a member of a different party, he can’t join,” Rampye said.

Escalating complaints to the regional ANC took power away from the branches.

“Branches are given the executive responsibilities of presiding over the rejection or acceptance of membership; this takes it away from them.”

Although Rampye said he had alerted the ANCYL’s national office bearers of the latest development, he told News24 their actions showed ill-discipline. 

“You don’t write a memorandum for your leadership, but we won’t be impatient with them. Our job is to try and dissuade them to say this is not how the organisation operates.”

When asked if the league in Ekurhuleni was open to assistance from the regional ANC, he answered with a firm "no". 

He said the league was autonomous.

“We cannot be babysat by the organisation.”

There had been speculation that problems in Ekurhuleni were linked to a battle for control of the ANCYL between its leader Collen Maine and his treasurer Reggie Nkabinde, ahead of its national general council next year. 

The ANCYL recently disbanded its Eastern Cape and Greater Johannesburg leadership.

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