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'ANC youth league needs a new leader'

By ASANDA NINI, Daily Dispatch | Nov 19, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 49 ]

The ANC needs a calibre of young people who have high moral standards and “not ill-disciplined youngsters who speak while their elders were speaking”

ANC Youth League’s national treasurer Pule Mabe has called for the league’s 2011 national elective conference that re- elected Julius Malema into office to be reconvened.

 Mabe, who used to be expelled Malema’s close confidant but had since broken ranks, said the outcome of last year’s ANCYL conference was not credible and was based on cult following.

Speaking in Queenstown over the weekend while accompanying SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande for the 27th commemoration of the Queenstown Massacre, Mabe said ANC members must desist from supporting individuals as that was destroying the credibility of the ANC.

Meanwhile, Nzimande told the packed Mzukisi Skweyiya Hall in Queenstown’s Mlungisi Township that one of the things that “will kill the ANC” was its failure to report back on their operations to their branches.

Taking a thinly veiled swipe on the embattled Malema, Mabe said the ANC needed a calibre of young people who had high moral standards and “not ill-disciplined youngsters who speak while their elders were speaking”.

Mabe said members should stay away from supporting “so and so in the organisation”, saying instead, they should focus towards forging unity for the benefit of the embattled organisation.

 “We, members of the real youth league feels that another national elective conference should be reconvened as we say last year’s conference was not credible and was about people supporting so and so.

“We must stay away from such acts of supporting so and so within our movement as that leads to cult following and is to the detriment of our beloved ANC.

“Instead we should preach unity within the organisation instead of reducing the ANC into a chappies little league,” Mabe, who was suspended as the league’s treasury earlier this year, said.

Both Mabe and Nzimande retaliated their calls for ANC president Jacob Zuma to be re-elected during the much anticipated ANC national elective conference to be held in Bloemfontein from December 16.

“We must restore the discipline and unity of the ANC and we can do that by re-electing president Zuma in Mangaung.

 “Those who are seeking change are right, but they should know that the only change we need is the change in people’s material conditions and not change in leadership.

“The next five years should be declared the Zuma’s moment,” Mabe said.

Nzimande, who was representing the ANC national executive in the commemoration, said people who wanted change of leadership were those who had no best interest of the country and the poor at heart.

“Why are people saying Zuma must not be re-elected? What has he done for them to decided as such? Those who say there is no leadership should judge us by what we said we were going to do and not through a mad criteria like it is now,” Nzimande said.

The two political heavyweights were guests in Mlungisi Township which this weekend was commemorating the 1985 killing of 11 of their community members.

The Mlungisi community mobilised in 1985 to oppose the community councils then initiated by former President PW Botha.

The locals were particularly angry over household evictions and the derelict Mlungisi infrastructure. A consumer boycott was launched on August 12, leading to negotiations with the white business community. On November 17 1985, during a report-back on the negotiations at Nonzwakazi Methodist church, police surrounded the church, lobbed teargas inside and allegedly fired through the windows, killing 11 people.

The commemoration was preceded by a wreath laying ceremony at a monument erected in memory of those who were killed.

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sgubhusenkwishi
Anc is expired, no amount of repairs through leadership changes or propaganda repeatedly preached to people would change its status. The good thing for the South african people to do is to look outside the box and choose and different party to take this country forward, IFP, D.A or COPE can give us a refreshment of a govt to start with. But anc is beyond repairs in all forms ,shapes and ways, has got none of ingradiants needed to develop our beautiful country.
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Dwindling IFP & COPE cannot even hold elective conferences, do you really see them fit to govern? Are yoou serious?

Nov 19, 2012 2:29 | 0 replies

Impela in the past the mighty have fallen because of their arrogance.
There are millions of ordinary ANC voters and we are not impressed by these shenanigans.
And if you think our votes don't matter , you 'll be in for a rude awakening

Nov 19, 2012 11:24 | 0 replies

Mabe moenie worry uzoyithola i cabinet post... or ufuna ama tender... or isikhundla sokuholela i youth league? whatever comrade, uzoyithola as long as you make sure ukuthi whatever you say when you praise or defend the president for second term you do it loudly. Make sure he can see and feel your works and deeds then u sharp.

A word of advice : don't be too negative to your former comrade u Malema coz he still has significant influence amongst the rank and file of the young lions and they might just scorn you in your attempts to run for the presidential leadership of the YL. Thatha kancane lapho ngoba uzozilimaza.

Nov 19, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

@Usernamee

Why ask me?

Nov 19, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

Cde Mabe! I don`t know what you were promised,but your conduct as a part of collective elected in the 24th conference, you are a sell-out.You betraying the founding fathers of the ANCYL ,OR and Mandela.

Our clarion call of economic freedom is bigger than your individual ego and perverted ambition.

Nov 19, 2012 11:0 | 0 replies

@Impela

If there are leader where are they?

Nov 19, 2012 10:53 | 0 replies

Usernamee
There are no leaders withing the ancyl....its a crew full of id!ots I dont even know why it exist

None of them engage things morally and with respect and that's why they will never be taken serious
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It is hard to believe you. I suspect that this is an opinion you hold.

Nov 19, 2012 10:40 | 0 replies

Mabe is messing it with the wrong team, force of change is not afraid of the noise they are making.Muthlanthe for president(fullstop)

Nov 19, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

There are no leaders withing the ancyl....its a crew full of id!ots I dont even know why it exist

None of them engage things morally and with respect and that's why they will never be taken serious

Nov 19, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

Mabe said ANC members must desist from supporting individuals as that was destroying the credibility of the ANC.

Definitely, Mabe was drunk when he said this. Is he not doing the same by supporting Zuma?

Nov 19, 2012 10:27 | 0 replies

The ANC needs a calibre of young people who have high moral standards and “not ill-disciplined youngsters who speak while their elders were speaking”
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Learned from the best. They were taught so.

Nov 19, 2012 10:22 | 0 replies