Mpumalanga ANCYL defies mother body
THE ANC Youth League in Mpumalanga has rejected a decision by the mother body's provincial leadership to disband its provincial executive committee.
The ANC's PEC resolved two weeks ago to effectively disband the league provincial leadership after discovering that it was "unconstitutional".
ANC provincial secretary Lucky Ndinisa told Sowetan at the time that the league's PEC did not comply with provisions of its constitution, following the resignations of 13 of the structure's 25 members.
But acting league provincial secretary Clarence Maseko rubbished Ndinisa's explanation.
He said the league was being punished for refusing to support newly elected ANC provincial chairman and premier David Mabuza during his re-election bid. Maseko also questioned the timing of the ANC's discovery of the league PEC's unconstitutionality. "When did they realise this because these resignations took place in November (2011)?"
Maseko said if the ANC did not recognise the constitutionality of the league, it would not have allowed the league to send "44 delegates" to the provincial elective conference in which Mabuza was re-elected unopposed in April.
The ANC resolved to disband the youth league in late May, citing the large-scale resignations. Maseko said the ANC had masterminded the resignations.
Former league provincial secretary Johan Mkhatshwa - a fierce critic of expelled president Julius Malema - was elected into the PEC during the April conference.
Meanwhile, Western Cape ANC secretary Songezo Mjongile denied that the provincial general council held over the weekend had resolved that sentences meted out to Malema, ANCYL secretary- general Sindiso Magaqa and spokesman Floyd Shivambu by the National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals be set aside. -