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Juju is still president, league tells ANC

By Katlego Moeng | 2012-04-16 07:03:11.0 | COMMENTS [ 128 ]

THE ANC Youth League has given its mother body the middle finger, insisting that Julius Malema remains their leader.

The decision was taken at the national executive committee meeting yesterday in the absence of Malema, when they discussed their president's recent suspension after he had labelled ANC president Jacob Zuma a dictator.

In a statement released by general secretary Sindiso Magaqa yesterday the league said: "The (Youth League) NEC agreed that (Malema) should continue participating as a president of the ANC Youth League and perform all his functions as president, because the decision to temporarily suspend him has not been officially communicated to the ANCYL as a structure of the ANC."

Magaqa said the NEC had a strong conviction that "we were elected by the 24th National Congress in the Gallagher Convention Centre as a collective and the president of the ANCYL will never be removed by a process that did not include the participation and voice of the ANC Youth League membership and league structures".

He said a national general council will be convened soon to deliberate with branches on the recent developments in the ANC.

He said the league would again request a meeting with the leadership of the ANC to find a political solution.

  • Meanwhile the ANCYL Johannesburg region is angry that it has been disbanded.

Speculation has been rife since late last month that the disbandment was eminent.

ANCYL deputy provincial secretary Nkhensani Kubayi said the decision was taken last week but branches were officially informed yesterday.

The region is known to be staunch supporters of Malema.

The region embarrassed ANCYL Gauteng chairman Lebogang Maile in his bid to oust Malema at last year's elective congress in June.

Johannesburg region rejected Maile's attempt to become president of the young lions outright - a move that surprised his supporters since Johannesburg was believed to be his power base.

Kubayi said: "The Johannesburg region was disbanded because of anarchy in its structures. They displayed a lack of respect for their senior structures and had started displaying foreign tendencies."

She said the region was launching branches at night with 20 people in attendance and were defying and disrespecting the provincial executive.

But Johannesburg secretary Percy Ntsolo hit back saying: "We respect the decision by the provincial executive but we are appealing to the national executive committee. We have already written to the office of the secretary-general.

"We have done nothing wrong, even when you look at the constitution of the league. Why are they disbanding us two weeks away from our conference?" Ntsolo asked.

Other ANCYL Johannesburg region members said they felt that they were being being punished for not supporting Maile.

"It is payback time for the Maile supporters who want to keep him in power at the coming provincial conference," said an ANCYL Johannesburg leader.

Soweto, Roodepoort, Lenasia, Midrand, Orange Farm, Sandton and Alexandra are among the 75 branches of Johannesburg region in good standing. This is compared with only about 30 branches in Ekurhuleni.

Johannesburg region has a decisive say in the provincial congress set for August because it has the most delegates.

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@TheDictator - Senior structures showed lack of respect for the ANC constitution when they failed to discipline him when he was ridiculing & insulting Rre Mbeki openly.So why should the young lions respect
Akere they were not on the receiving side. Angie Motshekga once said "the dogs are gone". That was when Mbhazima Shilowa, Terror Lekota, Phumzile Ngcuka and others left the ANC. Now they are crying foul when they are the ones being insulted.

2012-04-16 09:38:51.0 | 0 replies

Zacoz greetings to you!!!

2012-04-16 10:13:12.0 | 0 replies

Are they really this stupid? It wasn't officially said to them but it was to the rest of SA. Don't they get it that ANCYL is BELOW ANC. Not above. Fools. Disban the youth league, they don't help the youth or anyone anyway. Waste of time movement this. The ANC has truly out grown this mickey mouse business.

2012-04-16 10:13:46.0 | 0 replies

That is very well said. I understand the question of service delivery, but so many believe that to get services they have to do things that are generally not going to help get those services. I understand the Mr Malema strikes for service delivery, but like you I believe it could of been done much better, without facing all these consequences that he is now. In part I agree with Khoza, but who can lead us? Who is worthy of picking up the mantle? I can not see anyone that could do so with all of South Africans in mind, if you do please enlighten me.

2012-04-16 10:15:41.0 | 0 replies

Don't they get it that ANCYL is BELOW ANC. Not above. Fools. Disban the youth league, they don't help the youth or anyone anyway.
Good point Comrade WarrenG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but why the hell is the ANC mother body so afraid of these little brats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These little brats make up the majority in the ANC.Remember that these madala's in the ANC are whithering & kicking the bucket one by one so you cannot undermine these kids.In the next 20 years Zuma might not be here but Malema & these liitle brats will definitely be.

2012-04-16 10:23:47.0 | 0 replies

Solution for ANC is to review the role and objective of ANCYL, that goes for Women's league. The Tripartite Alliance is also confusing the nation when they clash in public. How can one person be three things? We cannot afford to have factions or small parties within a party. For the sake of peace in this country let ANC, SACCP & COSATU stand on their own and voters will decide whose ideology to follow. A vote for ANC this days U don't know whether it's Tambo/Mandela ANC, Blade/Gwede ANC, Vavi ANC or ANCYL.
I am not a politician just a concerned faithful Mzanzi citicen.

2012-04-16 10:24:16.0 | 0 replies


Môre Boetie! Hoe gaan dit? Sorry that was rather rude hey...
I'm well Daniel and hope u well too next time u better save that tot for weekends look what it does to u.

2012-04-16 10:25:16.0 | 0 replies

I couldn't help it brother, I needed a shot for Monday, could you help me brother to get over this shot a day thing? I am well, as well as I can be on this day.

2012-04-16 10:27:45.0 | 0 replies

Jackson Mthembu should know that it is totally un-ANC for an ANC faction desperate about Mangaung to charge the ANC Youth League to stifle debate and settle political scores. He should not be allowed to respond with bluster and pretend that he does not know what is going on. The current leadership of the ANC Youth League is going to pass this test with flying colours. They will not flinch, shrink back or retreat. Time for Mthembu's faction to face up to this reality. As ANC members and supporters we are appalled by the lack of leadership in the mother body. The situation should never have been allowed to degenrate to this level. This is clear lack of political leadership with viable political solutions.

2012-04-16 10:35:37.0 | 0 replies

Sharp! mfethu...Today i am just not in the mood to blog inceasantly....But i see u have replenished the reservoir__ lol. And how is you Brother....?

i wish i could engage with anticipation of what will transpire later on....
Lets wait and see approach should be embarked on to avoid senseless debates that i witness daily here_
( talking about Anc and The YOUTH lik)....

2012-04-16 10:42:10.0 | 0 replies

Don't you think it is a lack of forecasting? Everyone in it for their own advancement and not thinking of the party and its rich history. It is almost as if they lost the vision and mission of the ANC and now doing their own thing. It is rather sad, but one we must face.

2012-04-16 10:42:14.0 | 0 replies