Defiant Masoga hits back

Lehlogonolo Masoga, expelled by ANC youth leader Julius Malema this

week, says he will use the league’s upcoming national general ­council to settle

“all political disputes”.

The midterm gathering of the ­organisation’s branch leaders is

aimed at assessing progress made in implementing programmes since the last

national conference.

Masoga’s defiance comes after the league’s national disciplinary

committee fired him on Monday on charges of bringing the organisation into

disrepute and sowing division.

But the firebrand leader rejected the decision,

­denouncing the charges as “spurious” and the disciplinary hearing as a

“kangaroo court”.

He said that the decision was marred by ­procedural flaws,

collusion and unfairness, and that Malema had reneged on an ANC-brokered deal to

end the dispute.

Masoga said even if he wanted to appeal, it would be procedurally

impossible because the league’s national executive committee, whose permission

he needed to appeal, was a ­complainant in the matter. In fact, the ­committee

took a decision to sack him even ­before the hearing, he added.

Masoga said league secretary Vuyiswa ­Tulelo, who is supposed to

facilitate appeals, was also a complainant in the matter.

“They cannot be a player and a referee at the same time,” Masoga

said, vowing to attend the national general council alongside members of a

parallel provincial executive committee he leads.

“The national general council is a meeting of branches of the youth

league.

We have no doubt that the council will help us deal with these political

problems,” he said.

He said he would not appeal the decision ­because he did not

recognise it.

“I am still a member of the youth league in good standing. The

national disciplinary committee decision has no basis here and we reject it

thoroughly,” he said.

The former South African Student Congress Limpopo leader said he

would not recognise his expulsion – just as Malema’s national ­executive

committee had not recognised the decision of the league’s Ike Maphoto branch to

suspend the youth league boss’s ally, Clifford Motsepe, earlier this year.

“What makes them think their decision will be recognised?” he

asked.

“They are the ones who started this whole recognition issue.”

Masoga said the league had contradicted ­itself when it withdrew

Motsepe and two other national disciplinary committee members from his case on

the grounds of conflict of ­interest because they hailed from Limpopo and

replaced them with Doctor Tshwale, who came from the same province.

His three co-accused – former provincial secretary Goodman

Mitileni, and provincial executive committee members Papiki Tjebane and Mosa

Chabane – would no longer attend their disciplinary hearings as well, Masoga

said.

The leader promised to reconvene the chaotic Makhado provincial

elective conference in Sekhukhune in the second week of next month.

Masoga’s allies said ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe had told

Masoga the ANC’s national executive committee would discuss his expulsion at its

meeting over the weekend.

“Gwede said this was because the ANC was not consulted over the

decision to expel ­Masoga,” said a source.



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