ANCYL still in bitter tussle over Limpopo

THE leadership tussle within the ANC Youth League in Limpopo raged on yesterday, with the anti-Julius Malema faction continuing to break ranks with national leaders.

While four leaders of the faction, including Malema's arch-rival Lehlogonolo Masoga, were appearing at a disciplinary hearing in Luthuli house, their supporters held a press conference accusing the ANCYL national leadership of running a kangaroo court.

Masoga, provincial secretary Goodman Mitileni and league provincial executive members Papiki Tjebane and Musa Chabane are accused of bringing the ANCYL into disrepute.

Masoga is Limpopo's former chairperson who was controversially ousted at a disputed conference in Makhado in April.

The charges relate to the decision by the Masoga faction to walk out of the conference and then organising a separate conference where they claimed "legitimate" leaders would be elected.

The Masoga faction refused to recognise the new leadership elected at the Makhado conference. They claimed it was hijacked by Malema's supporters.

Yesterday Masoga's supporters claimed they represented at least 350 branches. They alleged that the branches supported their cause and vowed never to recognise the charges against their "leaders".

Led by chairpersons from the five regions in the province, the group said it viewed the disciplinary hearing as a kangaroo court.