The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Johannesburg and Eastern Cape has pleaded with the ruling party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to address ANC NEC’s hard punishment meted out on them.
The provincial structures’ requests follow their disbandment by the ANC NEC. The ANCYL Eastern Cape was first disbanded in September while its sister league in Johannesburg was torn down in October.
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Although party leaders didn’t state clearly the reason for the disbandment, an insider disclosed that the decision was taken “for political reasons and as part of rebuilding and instilling discipline in the political party.”
Pleading with Mantashe in a letter dated October 7, ANCYL Johannesburg admitted that the main reason for its disbandment was because it humiliated its national president, Collen Maine at the Kgalema Lenyatso Rally in Pretoria earlier this year.
On the other hand, it is understood that the ANCYL Eastern Cape was disbanded for calling on President Jacob Zuma to resign. In August, the Eastern Cape ANCYL echoed their dismay with Zuma’s leadership in various meetings. The league also blamed the party’s freefall at the municipal elections on Zuma’s shenanigans – including his relationship with the Gupta family; the R246-million upgrade of his Nkandla homestead and spy tape saga.
In reaction, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa told reporters that the ruling party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has received the letter and that it would get “consideration in due time”.
The ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize stated that officials of the league agreed not to divulge reasons for the disbandment. He called on the shunned ANCYL branches to wait until their requests are considered. Mkhize also denied allegations that the disbandment is linked to consolidating support for the 2017 party leadership succession race.
Meanwhile, there are indications on ground that ANC would come down hard on more branches like a ton of bricks. Tshwane and Ekurhuleni branches are already seated in the firing line following divisions among two lobby groups in the provinces.