ANCYL 'imprisoned' - Mpumalanga branch

2012-02-05 18:58

Johannesburg - The ANCYL has been assaulted and "imprisoned" by its own members, the league's Mpumalanga branch said on Sunday.

"Never had a revolutionary youth movement had to conduct its organisational autonomy under such difficult conditions. It is imprisoned," Mpumalanga African National Congress Youth League secretary Clarence Maseko said in a statement.

He was reacting to the ANC disciplinary appeals committee's decision to reject the attempts by ANCYL leader Julius Malema, his spokesperson Floyd Shivambu and four others to have their suspension from the party overturned.

Since the ANC announced their punishment in November last year, the league had seen "open hostility to its leadership [and] crude attempts to kill it [from] within", Maseko said.

Maseko said the ANCYL had "waged battles" at the mother body since its inception and existed to bring attention to weaknesses in the party.

"The ANCYL is to a youth revolutionary what war-time is to an army. Once entrusted with a responsibility to lead it, you are not called to peace, comfort and enjoyment, but to hard work, struggle and sweat, there is no turning back," he said.

He said the ANCYL's autonomy was based on the political perspective of the ANC, but the league's policies and programmes were determined by its membership in accordance with its own constitution.

Maseko said there had been a "brutal and satanic" attempt by a "terror brigade" to discredit Mpumalanga ANCYL chairperson and Gert Sibande municipality mayor Kgotso Motloung.

He claimed this was because Motloung had refused an instruction to vote against Julius Malema at the league's national conference last year. Malema was re-elected youth league leader at the event.

"We are now calling on the national leadership of the ANC to intervene in the province before they wake up to a harsh reality that the organisation no longer exists as result of these and other issues."

  • Thokozane - 2012-02-05 19:05

    ANCYL its own worst enemy.

      Burtfred - 2012-02-05 19:30

      Oh John, you are so boring.

      Vusi - 2012-02-05 19:32

      I can't believe this old man is still allowed to paste the same hate speech on here year after year. Come on News24 we have to heal our nation and this is not helping anybody.

      boatmedic - 2012-02-05 19:42

      @ John - To what tune must we sing your MTV award song? Same fiddle, different tune...... Boring. Think EKSDOM must arrange a power outage with you......

      Wouter - 2012-02-05 19:53

      @John - You're plain f*cking pistachio nuts bud. Good thing though is at least in a few weeks time when you get into that clocktower with a .308 and 200 rounds with the intention of sniping Malema I can go and say "hey I knew that nutbar from news24!"

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-02-05 19:10

    blah blah blah you idiots are so full of yourselfs are you not afraid that your heads will explode, and to the ANC please grow some hair on your chest and cut these dumd so called youth leaders free free from your apron strings you have created this monster be man enough and call them to to heal and stop pretending that they run the show ,or are they

  • Marius - 2012-02-05 19:12

    Farting into the wind!

  • Vusi - 2012-02-05 19:12

    The ANCYL is as divided as the mother body. Time to convene and decide who stands for what and get some direction. We can't hang onto ideologies that failed Africa. Time we apply our minds and find solutions that would make us citizens of the world and move beyond the confines of this continent.

      Ben - 2012-02-05 19:32

      Wise words. Ideologies dont bring food on the table. There is no future in the past.

      Jana - 2012-02-05 19:52

      10000% with you !!!

      ISO - 2012-02-05 19:52

      I agree 110% with you Vusi! We should all work toghther to make this country work and set an example for other african countries to follow!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-05 22:27

      Vusi ! That you ?

      jody.beggs - 2012-02-06 08:53

      Vusi for president !

  • Vegi - 2012-02-05 19:19

    "The ANC will wake up to the reality that the ANC no longer exist in Mpumalanga". That is not the spirit Mr Maseko. The ANC must wake up to the reality that it no longer has the support of the general membership anywhere in the country. They have earned the applause of our adversaries lately, meaning they are no longer with us. Nevertheless, your words give hope that our people will not march into the direction that the current "leadersheep" is pushing them into. They will ultimately take hold of the transformation ship and steer it to the correct direction after pushing the unthinking "lidas" overboard.

      Irene - 2012-02-05 19:24

      Vegi ~ You're nothing but a prick. A useless flipping prick!

      ISO - 2012-02-05 19:47

      Its these comrads in Limpopo that give the ANC bad name and obviously you as well!!!

      DraganTrenk - 2012-02-05 19:56

      Vegi@ You have intelect of the CARROT.Stop smoking pipe and get a help.

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-05 19:35

    It's time someone disbanded the Youth League. Aside from spreading hate and factless, baseless propaganda, it serves no purpose. If they were doing something useful - like hosting literacy programs, or fostering entrepreneurship, it could be a different story. But for now, the youth league is a soap box for ignorant racists, and an excuse for a piss up.

      Vusi - 2012-02-05 19:55

      Wise words.

      AyGeewils - 2012-02-05 20:51


      PB - 2012-02-06 09:19

      Hear Hear

  • Assis - 2012-02-05 20:04

    I think it's the Youth League that has imprisoned SA on ideas that do not create more jobs, further division amongst racial lines and that corruption is okay...

  • Geronimo - 2012-02-05 20:08

    SA doesn't need a "revolutionary youth movement" thank you very much. SA is a civilised democracy, with no space for ill disciplined idiots.

      Vusi - 2012-02-05 20:14

      You have hit the nail on the head. If anything we should be raising hell about the corruption, not run around wanting to destabilise the economy.

  • Geoff - 2012-02-05 20:14

    God help South Africa. What a Circus.

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-05 20:46

    With rhetoric like this I am surprised we don't have a civil war in this country - This ancyl is worse then the German SS - beware South Africa - there is no peace up ahead - DA or whoever - these people want to shed blood!

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-05 21:12

    The ancyl was founded as part of a militant struggle to overthrow the then white majority goverment in SA. This mindset is still prominent in their thinking and they have not grasped the fact that their own party now rules! This syndrome is very dangerous for the ANC itself as they are not reading from the same page. If the ANC cannot put a stop to this militancy - the ancyl will become its downfall and the process will not be without bloodshed. The monster begins to eat itself.

  • Mandy Mc Donald - 2012-02-05 22:58

    vegi has about as much brains as a!

  • Harald - 2012-02-06 10:16

    For those who know anythjing about history: Hitler also had a "youth legue"; as well as all the biggest tyrants around the world... they serve no purpose but to intimidate everyone else... Good riddense to the ANCYL, and all similar... we don't want or need your BS!

  • anthro45 - 2012-02-06 10:35

    Jippy kajey, mother f#ckers.

  • Nathi - 2012-02-06 10:52

    Personally I would like to see a youth league that actually looks at and comes up with ideas that are feasible to uplift the youth of this country as a whole, not individuals. The same petty politics that are happening now haven't changed sinced 2000 when I was in varsity. Throwing parties and the like where everyone gets drunk only keeps morale for a few hours, then you sober up. Youth of today, I believe, are not looking for handouts, but rather tangible things/ideas that they can run with and call their own. Just a thought ANCYL......Use it/don't use it.....

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