YCLSA in KZN sceptical about SACP's Themba Mthembu's deployment

2016-06-08 21:09
Themba Mthembu (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Themba Mthembu (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban – The Young Communist League of South Africa in KwaZulu-Natal has said while it respected SACP's Themba Mthembu's deployment from provincial secretary to MEC, it was sceptical about the intentions behind the appointment.  

Mthembu was sworn in as Agriculture and Rural Development MEC by KZN Judge President Achmat Jappie during an executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

Reflecting on the latest developments, YCLSA provincial secretary Mlungisi Manana said the league did not trust the intentions of the appointment.

"We do not... think that 'unity' was even a consideration in this deployment. We think that if 'unity' was a consideration, the SACP provincial executive committee and central committee would have been appraised and taken into confidence ahead of the appointment."

Manana said unity should not be the responsibility of one person.

"We believe this was a very well-orchestrated plot to estrange and demobilise comrade Mthembu from SACP and ANC branches, as well as confuse, divide and liquidate the party.

"That is why we believe the announcement to the media was done notwithstanding the request for a thorough inter-organisational process by the SACP. This was done without any mitigating urgencies not only to appoint him, but to even reshuffle. In fact the only urgency was the burning streets that were left without leadership at the prioritisation of palace politics."

Manana alleged that the current leadership did not see eye to eye with Mthembu.

He said the league was not raising these issues in defiance of the SACP but to caution the party to be vigilant.

"Let us continue to fight the sham of the ANC list processes that we have just come from, that have rendered many SACP members and leaders effectively kicked out of the ANC."

Manana congratulated Mthembu and said the league was confident in his leadership.  

KZN premier Willies Mchunu on Monday announced he had replaced four MECs and that Mthembu would replace Cyril Xaba.

He appointed MECs Bongi Sithole Moloi (Sport, Arts and Culture), Sihle Zikalala (Economic Development) and Mthandeni Dlungwana (Education).

Mchunu filled the vacant transport portfolio with Mxolisi Kaunda.

Conditional acceptance

It emerged on Tuesday afternoon that the SACP only learnt about Mthembu's deployment through the media and that Mthembu was informed about it on Monday morning.

He apparently asked for 24 hours to consult with the SACP.

Despite this, the ANC made the announcement.

The MECs, except Mthembu, were sworn in on Tuesday.

The ANC and the SACP leadership, including national second secretary Solly Mapaila, subsequently met to discuss Mthembu's case.

They told reporters afterwards that Mthembu would accept the position conditionally.

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