The ANC Youth League, eThekwini region has in a recently released statement, apologized to the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for supporting the move for his removal.
The group issued the statement after it received a lash for speaking out of turn about ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize and finance minister Pravin Gordhan.
The league had last week, called for Gordhan to resign and for President Jacob Zuma to fire him over his handling of the SAA affairs as well as the Absa saga.
“We believe Gordhan must go‚ and he must go immediately because SAA is a typical example of why he must go,” EThekwini ANCYL secretary Thinta Cibane reportedly said.
This came as a repetition of its move last year for Zuma to consider removing Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to focus on his fraud charges following Tuesday’s decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to charge him and three other former Sars officials.
The league accused minister Gordhan of taking the side of the monopoly capitalists in a “tug-of-war” against transformation.
It also said Zweli Mkhize- the ANC treasurer-general- would not succeed if he campaigned to be deputy president in the upcoming ANC national elective conference in December because the former provincial chair had no ‘constituencies’ in the province.
The comments by the ANC Youth league, however, infuriated the ANC provincial executive committee who tongue-lashed the league and requested an apology.
“The ANCYL Ethekwini region held an engagement with the leadership of the ANC on a number of organizational issues. The ANC Youth League understands its existence to be a body of opinion within the movement‚” read a statement issued by Cibane.
“Following engagements with the ANC‚ we have come to differently appreciate the leadership of the ANC in determining the future of ministers and all other deployees. We accordingly respect the opportunity given to us to be engaged by the ANC on the matter of Cde Pravin Gordhan and therefore regret comments made in this regard.
“We, therefore, wish to unconditionally apologize to Comrade Pravin Gordhan,” wrote Cibane.
The party leadership then summoned the leadership of eThekwini ANCYL and the ANCYL provincial working committee to a meeting with ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma on Saturday and Sunday where they were read the riot act.
Both KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL spokesman Mandla Shange and provincial ANC spokesman Mdumiseni Ntuli confirmed the meeting. However, they claimed it was to discuss engagements on several issues.
While Shange played down any unhappiness over the utterances and said the issues were “internal” and not meant for the public, Ntuli said though he is yet to be briefed by Super on the meeting‚ he understood that the engagement was over political developments.
“Yes, the meetings started on Saturday. Indeed‚ there have been instances where we had to caution them in public on issues that should be left to national structures‚” said Ntuli.