Members of the group that booed ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Fikile Mbalula this week identified themselves as supporters of President Thabo Mbeki, said the league's spokesman, Zizi Kodwa, yesterday.
Mbalula, who was accompanied by the the league's secretary-general, Sihle Zikalala, and by Kodwa, had gone to the Eastern Cape to explain the decision to disband the province's executive committee.
But a group disrupted the meeting by chanting anti-Mbalula slogans. The meeting was moved to another venue.
"They kept saying they were supporters of President Mbeki. I am not sure what that had to do with the decision to disband the executive committee," said Kodwa.
He said it was possible that some members of the disbanded committee had mobilised the group to force the youth league to reconsider its decision.
"We anticipated that action," he said.
The disbanding of the provincial executive has been viewed as part of a campaign by the national executive to get rid of supporters of Mbeki who want him to serve a third term as president of the ANC.
But the national executive committee said it had removed the provincial executive committee because of its failure to build the party and organise campaigns.
The disbanded executive committee said it did not support the nomination of ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma as the next president of the ANC.