Emerging reports say the African National Congress (ANC) has dissolved its youth wing in the Eastern Cape.
The shocking news was confirmed by ANCYL Eastern Cape spokesperson Ayongezwa Lungisa.
According to Lungisa, the report of the league’s disbandment was first received by provincial secretary Butsha Lali; who thereafter forwarded it to the league’s provincial executive committee (PEC).
The provincial spokesperson asserted that the ANC NEC’s decision isn’t worthwhile; coupled with the fact that the National Executive Committee neglected the provincial executive committee before taking the decision.
“There has been no communication with us regarding the matter. We learn this from the media,” Lungisa said.
ANCYL national spokesperson, Mlondi Mkhize; also confirmed to reporters that the Eastern Cape ANCYL has been disbanded. Mkhize, however, declined to state reasons for the decision.
Although the NEC has refused to state the reasons why it dissolved its Western Cape youth wing, reports had it that the national leadership took the decision as a corrective measure after the provincial structure championed calls for President Zuma to step down as ANC and South African president.
Sometime in August, the provincial youth league echoed their dismay with Zuma’s leadership in various meetings. The league also blamed the freefall of the party on Zuma’s shenanigans – including his relationship with the Gupta family; the R246-million upgrade of his Nkandla homestead and ANC’s freefalls at the municipal elections.
Ayongezwa Lungisa Confirms League’s Appeal Letter
Meanwhile, the PEC has appealed the decision of its national leadership to disband the provincial structure. However, the ANC NEC has not responded yet.
“Since we have appealed, we are still the only legitimate structure of the league operating in the province. We will be waiting for a response from the ANC NEC,” Ayongezwa Lungisa disclosed.
But ANC national spokesperson Khusela Sangoni said the NEC is yet to discuss the matter; including considering the league’s appeal letter.