ANCYL decision 'contradicted'
ANC Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa has contradicted the decision taken by the league's national executive committee meeting over their support for their embattled leader Julius Malema.
This is according to five members of the NEC who attended the meeting but wished to remainanonymous.
They told Sowetan yesterday that the meeting agreed that Magaqa should write to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to seek clarity on the recent suspension of Malema.
The meeting further agreed that the ANCYL should wait for the ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeals (NDCA) on the expulsion of Malema, which he is appealing.
The members said the NEC would chart a way forward on the league's future after the NDCA had made an announcement.
"The statement issued was twisted, we never spoke nor agreed about Malema having to continue participating as a president of the ANCYL and perform all his functions as president."
Magaqa yesterday insisted that the statement he released was informed by discussions of the NEC.
"The meeting was very short and it reaffirmed our support for Malema. There was never any decision or discussions that a letter should be written to Gwede Mantashe," said Magaqa.
In a statement Magaqa released on Sunday, he said the NEC agreed that the suspended Malema would be supported until 2014 and would continue to perform his duties as an elected president.
Malema and the league's spokesman Floyd Shivambu are increasingly under pressure for attacking ANC leaders. The ANC reacted angrily yesterday after Shivambu's scathing attack on NDCA chairman Cyril Ramaphosa.
Shivambu said Ramaphosa had sacrificed principle on the altar of political convenience.
"How is it possible that the man of the Constitution, the great negotiator and lawyer, could not notice this anomaly and dismiss the findings of the ANC national disciplinary committee?"
ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu yesterday branded Shivambu's attack on Ramaphosa senseless.
"Floyd's senseless attack on comrade Cyril derives from the notion that they are untouchables," he said.