Lekwa YCL blasts ANCYL over strike to not advertise jobs

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A strike calling on officials not to advertise jobs has landed the ANC youth league in trouble with the young communist league (YCL) in the sub-region.

The young communist league of South Africa has criticised the ANC youth league in the Lekwa sub-region in Mpumalanga’s Gert Sibande over a picket staged by the league to the Lekwa municipality this week for 27 municipal posts not to be advertised to the public.

The YCL described the league’s strike as “nonsensical” and “stupid”, saying it painted a very bad image of the history of the ANCYL and “should be condemned”.

In a statement released on Thursday mid-day, the YCL urged the municipal Human Resource management to be not intimidated “by cheap politics of people who flew out of a window at school”.

“We urge the HR management of the municipality to treat this recruitment with the highest level of principle and recruitment procedure,” the sub-regional communist young league structure said in the statement.

“The advertisement is for the public, if the so-called ‘ANCYL’ is interested, they should apply like every interested Lekwa citizen will be doing.

“We are aware that the executive mayor did entertain this group by sitting in a meeting with them in the council chamber regarding this issue,” the statement read.

Twenty seven municipal posts for ward based meter maintenance and liaison officers were advertised by the Lekwa municipality and the group claiming to be members of the league in the Mpumalanga sub-region marched to the offices demanding that such be not done and that the requirement be reduced from Grade 12 to Grade 10.

“We wish to urge our revolutionary allies to go to school [the] Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is accessible in various wards of the sub-district so there is better development academically,” the young communists said.

But Gert Sibande ANCYL regional spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo said as the league they were shocked at both the YCL statement and the picket of the group.

“The YCL is our alliance partner and we saw their statement but then also we have instituted our own internal investigations to find out whether those young people were really ANCYL members,” said Thomo on Thursday night.

(edited by MLM)

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