ANCYL targets Mchunu

2015-11-19 10:42
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Pietermaritzburg - The ANC Youth League in the  KwaZulu-Natal has given premier Senzo Mchunu only three days to distance himself from the party’s members who marched to ANC provincial offices on Monday.

The aggrieved members had wanted a rerun of the provincial conference that was held in Pietermaritzburg a week ago where Sihle Zikalala ousted Mchunu as the new provincial chairperson.

The Youth League said if Mchunu does not come out and distance himself in the next three days, they will “take it as if that the march was sanctioned by him and his comrades”.

“We also condemn very strongly the march that was held to protest the outcomes of the ANC conference. We believe this was an act of bringing the ANC into disrepute and we call upon the leadership of the ANC to charge the leaders of this march,” said provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo.

Sabelo said there was “no dispute that can justify any nullification of this watershed conference”.

“All the issues they raise in their memorandum are baseless, groundless and lack reasonable substance, and we are convinced that the process was clear, transparent and fair,” he said.

Efforts to contact Mchunu yesterday were unsuccessful. Last week, Mchunu’s office released a statement saying he will no longer be answering questions related to the ANC.

Again the SA Communist Party and its youth wing, the Young Communist League (YCL), found themselves in the firing line.

“We wish to also remind the SACP that their role is to bring socialism in our country but not try to be a youth league of the ANC,” said Sabelo.

The tripartite alliance partners in the province have exchanged harsh words prior to and after the ANC provincial conference.

Sabelo hinted that Monday’s march had been orchestrated by the SACP, which had supported Mchunu in the run-up to the provincial conference.

“We call upon the SACP and YCL to accept the outcomes of the conference and the will of ANC branches and stop attacking the ANCYL and the president of the ANC.”

Two hours after the Youth League held its briefing, the YCL had their own.

Provincial YCL secretary Mlungisi Manana said “the attacks on the SACP and YCL were disturbing”.

“Threatening the YCLSA whenever it invokes key issues is affecting the reputation of our movement and that of the country …” He said an example was “the recent revelation pertaining the possible expenditure of funds amounting to R4 billion to acquire a jet for the president of the republic, President Zuma”.

“It would be irresponsible to purchase a R4 billion jet, when our country has a GDP growth of 1,2%, highest levels of income inequality, deepening poverty and high levels unemployment amongst youth,” he said.


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