THE Young Communist League has come out in rare support of the ANC Youth League, warning that the "one boyfriend, one girlfriend" campaign should not be used as a political football.
The YCL and ANCYL had barely been on speaking terms recently. Last week ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu was suspended as a member of the YCL, allegedly for calling SACP deputy secretary Jeremy Cronin a racist.
But yesterday the YCL slammed reports that the ANCYL was using the "one boyfriend, one girlfriend' campaign to strike out at the polygamous President Jacob Zuma.
"If people want to distort that campaign into something political it is unfortunate" said YCL spokesperson Gugu Ndima.
"The YCL supports the campaign and it is not aimed at Zuma. He has been at the forefront of taking the issue of HIV very seriously. He has even been encouraging the cabinet to be at the forefront of being tested," she said.
ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu also denied reports the youth league had invoked the campaign in a signal to Zuma that they were withdrawing their support for him.
Meanwhile, ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said yesterday that the ANC was not reviewing Julius Malema's disciplinary case.
"The NEC is not a disciplinary committee and it did not pretend to be one this weekend," Mantashe said at a press briefing in Johannesburg after an NEC meeting.