SHIVAMBU SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu says there is no contradiction in his dual positions of ANCYL spokesperson and Young Communist League national committee member.

ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu says there is no contradiction in his dual positions of ANCYL spokesperson and Young Communist League national committee member.

As mouthpiece of the ANCYL Shivambu has been in the forefront of the recent spats between the communists and the ANCYL.

After Malema was booed at the SACP congress in Limpopo, Shivambu said: "The ANCYL is convinced the main reason why the SACP leadership supports the booing is because they believe the ANCYL does not support Blade Nzimande's bid to become deputy president of the ANC.

"And that we will not support Gwede Mantashe (who is the national chairperson of the SACP) for a second term as ANC general secretary."

The YCL is an organ of the SA Communist Party, which has been at loggerheads with the ANCYL particularly on the ANC succession and nationalisation of mines. The SACP claims the call for nationalisation was driven by black capitalists who wanted the state to take over their debts in the mining industry.

Recently the ANCYL tacitly blamed the SACP for allegedly being among the people behind leaking stories of tenders amassed by Julius Malema.

When questioned about the contradiction in his positions, Shibambo blamed the saga on Sowetan editor Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

"Why pick on me? Most leaders of Cosatu and the SACP are members of the ANC and at any given time they have spoken against the ANC and vice-versa."

"The problem lies with the imagination of your editor. It is a figment of his mind that there is a contradiction and conflicts when I speak for the youth league against communists," Shivambu said.

YCL spokesperson Gugu Ndima said she was not "aware of dissatisfaction among communists" about Shivambu's role in the ANCYL.

"There is no formal grievance. Comrade Floyd speaks for the ANCYL collective and not himself," Ndima said.

But a member of the YCL, who declined to be identified, told Sowetan that there were plans to discipline Shivambu.

"There is a strong feeling that he is out of order with his anti-communists comments. He is defending an individual not a principle," the source said.

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