Limpopo timing suspicious: ANCYL

2011-12-06 14:04

Johannesburg - The timing of the Cabinet's intervention in the running of Limpopo was suspicious, the provincial ANC Youth League said on Tuesday.

"The youth league in Limpopo believes that the timing of this recent campaign is aimed at reducing the confidence of ANC members in the current leadership," it said in a statement.

Provincial party elections were due to take place later this month.

The Cabinet decided on Monday to take over the running of five Limpopo departments, and to intervene in Gauteng and the Free State.

"Against the backdrop of persistently ignored positive reports of successful, clean audits by the auditor general, we believe this action, led by National Treasury, is a disingenuous attempt - which is informed by political manoeuvring - to alienate ANC members of Limpopo from its leaders," the provincial youth league said.

The ANC's provincial conference would take place between December 17 to 20.

"We find it curious that this announcement follows on the heels of the closure of the leadership nominations linked to mandatory pre-conference procedure," the league said.

Business Day suggested on Wednesday that the national government's move to take control of five provincial departments in Limpopo was partly to fix crippling service delivery problems but also a political move.

Politically motivated

It would allegedly strengthen President Jacob Zuma's hand in the political infighting with Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, who supports suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

The Limpopo ANCYL said the intervention was politically motivated.

"Consequentially, the ANCYL Limpopo in the province believes this action is intended to politically blackball the leadership of Cassel Mathale, especially in the face of recent overwhelming branch level nomination of Cassel Mathale to re-emerge as Limpopo chairperson of the ANC.

"The youth league in the province will not be moved from its support for the leadership of Cassel Mathale and the rest of the leadership line-up, as previously stated."

The provincial league said the Limpopo government was financially secure and able to pay its suppliers and employees.

"The lies being peddled by anonymous forces that salaries and payments to service providers will not be honoured by our government are malicious and completely untrue."

Earlier on Tuesday, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told SABC radio news that the Cabinet had been monitoring the finances of these provinces for some time.

"There's been a... trend of underspending, overspending, violating supply chain provisions and this is what we want to thoroughly investigate now."

He said it was important that a team of officials were put in place immediately to ensure proper systems and controls were implemented, while a forensic investigation took place.

Gordhan refused to comment on speculation that the move was politically motivated.

  • Pierre - 2011-12-06 14:07

    l ANC Youth League, who are they again.

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-06 14:46

      I think they were some youth upstart trouble-making movement, or something like that. Old news though, don't think they exist anymore. The mother-body of the ANC decommissioned the failed little youth organisation. About time too.

  • Fenderbender - 2011-12-06 14:17

    Why dont they blame apartheid, thats what they always do.

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-06 14:44

      But bafana you are here??? Who can we all blame for that? I love watching the ANC tear itself apart. Typical African politics, no-one can ever share power. hahaha !!! LOVE IT !!!

      Fenderbender - 2011-12-06 15:06

      bafana.skosana - See I was right, you even blame apartheid for my birth, thanks you just proven my point, hahaha

  • Pierre - 2011-12-06 14:17

    Cry a bit more will you, you the ANCYL challenged the ruling party portraying yourselves above the rule of the law and your peers. The old saying is "Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself", that is exactly what your "Party" did. Yes it is political, if you did not notice the ANC is a political party, thus anything they do is political, you blunder about all the success, but Limpopo is one of the most corrupt provinces their is, wonder why the youth league is always hanging out there, and yes the ANC is smarter than you, limpopo always is a stronghold for them, thus taking your "Party" and its cronies out break their standing in the community thus slicing their political throats within the ANC, Majority are corrupt, I never was and will be Pro-ANC, but its time to get rid of the rotting Apples before the whole bag rots. 1st you complain Zuma does nothing, then complain Zuma does to match, smell the roses, he's working you all out, you thought he was your buddy, when you supported him to get into power, you were mere pawns he played with, and your purpose is served your "Party" overplayed your hand, when publicly challenging Zuma, If any Child challenge a parent or parent organisation backlashes must surely be expected.

      Fenderbender - 2011-12-06 14:31

      Pierre - It feels great being right about 'them'

  • Pierre - 2011-12-06 14:24

    Found an awesome link for you ancyl = Chihuahua ANC = English Mastiff

  • Andres - 2011-12-06 14:30

    Malema and ANCYL closely allied to SA's worst performing province... coincidence? They cry foul when graft is tackled... coincidence? Do they support their allies over unlawful activities and mismanagement...? And these are the guys crying for economic freedom. Maybe they should be asking who they need to be "freed" from to attain more prosperity!

  • PaasHaas - 2011-12-06 14:47

    Dont see the tiny tots whining about the lack of servce, rampant corruption, ineptidude, etc., etc. No, they whine because their team is losing its power. That said, of course its political, Mamparalanga is as deep in depths of corruption, ineptitude, lacks as many services at Limpompo, BUT their Premier has chosen to back the right horse in this race.

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-06 14:54

    I 100% fully agree with the ANCYL on this one. Those who are power drunk and paranoid are using state institutions to persue their narrow political ambitions of being elected in Mangaung to the leadership. They will never win! The executive should keep their hands off in running of the day to day of the provinces! Just the same as they are requesting the judiciary to keep off the executives affairs!

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-06 15:10

      @Phumezo, in principle you are right, but this is Africa. Survival of the fittest. The ANC old-guard are not quite ready to relinquish their reign on power. Especially not when there are no youth leaders coming through the ranks who have any clue about anything really ... Of course it's political, but who cares, the ANCYL are a joke and I'm glad the ANC is interferring. Show these little boys and girls who's boss !!!

      Jan - 2011-12-06 22:01

      Penny-wise Neither has the old-guard have any clue about anything!!!!!

  • Musa - 2011-12-06 14:58

    No young comrades, this is out of order. How many times have we read in newspapers about chaotic departments in Limpopo? Was the Cabinet supposed to fold arms and watch the province struggling? It does not work like that comrades, this administration committed itself to doing things differently. Grow up, young comrades!

  • Jason - 2011-12-06 15:02

    Looks like their Provincial budget has been nationalised....

      Penny-wise - 2011-12-06 15:07

      lol, I like! Also looks like the ANC elders have heard the nation's call, to SHUT DOWN the ANCYL !!! It's happening, chunk by chunk. Get rid of the trouble-making Youth League, SA doesn't need it. It serves no purpose anymore ...

      Pierre - 2011-12-06 15:22

      good one, they wanted to nationalize all, bitter pill i guess

      ans.joostenaude - 2011-12-11 15:55

      To late Julius already did that when he built all his houses!

  • Mamaile - 2011-12-06 15:30

    ANCYL Limpopo stop fooling the ppl of Limpopo. Everything is now out there for ppl of Limpopo to see. I am veri proud to have a visionary leader of the ANC in the calibre of Comrade JZ. He poses complete charateristics of the ANC of Albert Luthuli. The ANC is displaying its elephantary charaters. No one should be above the law. I welcome the forensic investigation 4rm the Nationary treasury and its outcome.

  • brettcch - 2011-12-06 16:01

    Nobody gives a rat's backside what the uneducated, uncouth, offensive ANCYL "thinks". You've all proven to be thugs, and pretty amateur ones at that. We all believe that you would do well to secure an education (lots of adult literacy programs available for these "youths") and make some sort of contribution to your communities and society at large.

  • Stefans - 2011-12-06 16:32

    So these idiots wants the government to sit and do nothing because there is a leadership contest in Limpopo while there is no service delivery to the people. What about Gauteng and the Free State where the national government has intervened??? In fact the Premier of Gauteng welcomed the intervention by the National Government. The government is there to govern and deliver services to the people, if there is no service delivery then they must intervene.

  • Boitumelo - 2011-12-08 09:57

    Lets not confuse Government and the organisation. In Government there are policies, which must be followed, procedures to be adhered to. In the organisation we have policies (Constitution), which politicians disrespect. Now just because this particular face in representing the organisation at a Government level does not mean every measure to correct wrong done by others is political. Lets not confuse governance with politics. Limpopo Departments are in Financial disarray, National Treasury must Act. Where does politics comes in? Cassel must get his Province in order (Governance Wise).

  • Thabang - 2011-12-14 16:02

    who is the boss here,malema or zuma .read between the line,experience count in almost everything.

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