The Young Communist League of SA say president Jacob Zuma must not get himself involved in a faction the ANC dubbed the “premier league”
YCL made this warning after the league’s chairperson in KwaZulu-Natal reportedly accused Zuma of being the chairman of the so-called “premier league”.
“We don’t dispute that he’s not the chairperson of the premier league … it’s up to him to portray that indeed he’s not the chairman of the league,” the Young Communist League’s national secretary, Mluleki Dlelanga, told reporters in Johannesburg.
“He (Zuma) must distance himself from the league.” the league said.
The so called league has been described to have resulted from changes in dynamics within the organisation, including those that came out of the KZN regional and provincial conferences which gave birth to a grouping in KwaZulu-Natal that is aligned to the “premier league”.
A political analyst and senior lecturer at the university of KwaZulu-Natal Zakhele Ndlovu described the league as a lobby group, which wants to see Dlamini-Zuma emerge as president.
The premier league is said to be made up of the ANC chairpersons and premiers in the North West, Mpumalanga and the Free State, who together reportedly act in a factional manner, influencing key party appointments.
“I think if she does not become president, Zweli Mkhize will be the next president.” Zakhele Ndlovu said.
In Ndlovu’s view, Zuma’s “premier league” at the moment, was much stronger than those supporting Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
However, Dlelanga said as president of the ANC during “these trying times”, Zuma could not be seen to be part of a faction. He also called on the president to publicly condemn the premier league.