He was responding to a statement by a grouping of some branches opposed to his rule as well as Pholoso Mbatsane and Reggie Nkabinde’s ‘factional’ 74th birthday celebration.
Nkangala ANCYL secretary Thabang Mathebula has slammed all ‘mushrooming’ groupings in his region, saying they were all claiming to belong to ANCYL branches.
Mathebula was responding to a statement released by a formation of Nkangala ANCYL members, criticising the ‘factional’ ANCYL 74th celebration at the Sydney Choma community hall the past Sunday.
ANC deputy president DD Mabuza and league leader Collen Maine snubbed the 74th birthday celebration.
Sources say Mabuza was briefed on Saturday after arriving from Gauteng that the event would be more of contestant Reggie Nkabinde’s campaign than a celebration and Mabuza was going to be “used to endorse it”.
Reason Maine didn’t come was because he was aligned with the faction of Ndumiso Mokako, a presidential contestant who also snubbed the birthday celebration.
In a statement released this week, the Nkangala formation, calling itself ‘Progressive and Revolutionary Forces’, and which boasts 80% of ‘legitimate branches’, said the Nkangala youth league leadership was a “group of individuals parading as the REC”.
Group spokesman Mfundo Masombuka said the Mathebula faction “continue to claim to lead the region unmandated and in their attempt to convene the RGC they spectacularly failed, and their goons ended up assaulting rank and file members of the YL”.
“They are capable of thieving and stealing the BGMs because they are nothing but a group of marauding thugs in colours of the movement and we shall not rest until they have handed back the ANCYL to its rightful owners, which is the youth of Nkangala,” Masombuka said, adding they would go to the ground and mobilise branches towards the nomination of Trevor Nkosi, Bheki Sithole, Sipho Mahlangu and Tshepo Seema.
But Mathebula said he never heard of “such a group”.
“‘I’ve never heard of such a[n] existing structure or group.
“All members of the ANCYL in the region belongs to a particular branch,” Mathebula said.
“Well we have observed the mushrooming of structures within the region such as PRET, UETSA and now this one. They all claim to be members of the ANCYL and the ANC,” Mathebula, who is contesting Nkosi for the position of provincial chair, said.
He said BGMs will convene once the region has received an audit report from national secretary Njabula Nzuza.
The league is faced with two important congresses – a provincial and a national one – and jostling for positions has begun.
The factional fights of the ANCYL ahead of two important congresses are the reason ANC deputy president DD Mabuza snubbed the ANCYL’s 74th birthday celebration, this paper has learnt.
Some branches across the Mpumalanga province have started convening BGMs to nominate favoured candidates ahead of a provincial elective conference, a conference important going to the national one where the claws are out between contestants NEC member Ndumiso Mokako and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde.
Senior ANC sources in the Mpumalanga province said Mabuza was made aware in the 11th hour that the 74th birthday celebration at the Sydney Choma community hall in Middelburg was going to be more of a launch of Nkabinde’s campaign than a birthday celebration.
“He was briefed on Saturday not to come because that was actually gonna be the launch of Reggie’s campaign. Mabuza doesn’t really want to publicly associate with a slate in the ANCYL though Pholoso Mbatsane is his favoured candidate for the position of national secretary,” the source said.
“But Mabuza doesn’t want to do that overtly, so that is why you saw [deputy president Desmond] Moela and [ANC provincial spokeswoman] Sasekani Manzini. Those are one of people who do Mabuza’s work on the ground,” said the source.
Reason national leader Collen ‘Oros’ Maine also snubbed the event was because Maine wants Mokako, who also snubbed the event, to be the President and “wouldn’t want to be overridden by the Nkangala ANCYL that actually organised the event,” the source said.
The event was then addressed by outgoing deputy president Desmond Moela, who called for unity in the league and said if the leaguers didn’t unite now they would just have to “forget” about liberating the youth of this country.
Mpumalanga provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane (L) and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde (R).
Moela wants Nkabinde to be the President on a slate that wants provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane as the secretary general.
The Nkabinde camp also wants Nkangala secretary Thabang Mathebula to be Mpumalanga ANCYL chairman when a provincial congress is held soon.
But this is setting them against the Mokako camp which wants Gert Sibande’s Trevor Nkosi to become the chair. Nkosi is current provincial deputy chair.
The source say the reason Mokako, Maine and Mabuza didn’t come “is the issue of association”.
The Mokako campaign is currently experiencing hardships after Sabelo was discovered to be having secret meetings with former President Jacob Zuma allegedly plotting to oust current leader Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Sunday event was chaired by Nkangala regional leader Bobo Mtshweni and saw Nkabinde flanked by Mathebula, Moela, Mbatsane, provincial leader Tim Mashele, Manzini, Nkangala ANC chair Speedy Mashilo and secretary Leah Khoza.
Mpumalanga ANCYL leader Tim Mashele. 013NEWS/ZK.
“Collen, there was no way he was gonna come. It’s the issue of association my brother like I’m telling you,” said the source.
Moela and Manzini are accused by a disgruntled faction aligned to Mokako in the Bohlabela region of having delivered a league regional leadership through unfairness and alleged use of “bogus delegates”.
Asked why he did not attend Sunday’s celebration, Mokako said he could not make it to the event because he “did not have money”.
“Remember you need petrol to get to a place,” he said while laughing over the phone.
Provincial acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu, who also snubbed the event, said the reason he did not come despite being put on the program was because he had “flu”.
“I’m sick you won’t believe. I have flu,” he said over the phone.
“I don’t know that I was on the program,” said Ndlovu.
Manzini asked that all queries be directed to the ANCYL as that was an ANCYL event.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said the event was not a launch of Nkabinde’s campaign but a birthday celebration but can’t say those who say so are lying.
“Look it’s no secret that the ANCYL is due for a congress and during such time it happens that comrades lobby each other, so I won’t say whether those who say that was a campaign are lying or not but what I know is that it was a celebration,” Sithole said.
“All I know is that it was a 74th birthday celebration of the ANCYL and was organised nationally,” he said.
Nkabinde himself denied the stage was set for him to launch his campaign.
“You can’t say a celebration of the ANCYL is a launch of a campaign. That is so incorrect,” he said.
He added that an apology was sent by Mabuza to national secretary Njabulo Nzuza because Mabuza “had an emergency”.
National spokesman Mlondolozi Mkhize didn’t answer repeated calls on Sunday night and Monday morning.
Fists flew and various members were injured when they got beaten up and pepper sprays were used.
The ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province has condemned the violence that occurred at a planned Regional General Council over the weekend.
It says it has now instituted internal investigations to determine what led to the violence and those who are going to be found to be in the wrong will face the consequences of their actions.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said the provincial executive committee awaits a full report from the Nkangala ANCYL on what really happened on the Sunday afternoon of 9 September 2018 when ANCYL members turned against each other, badly beating one another at the eMalahleni civic theatre where they were supposed to hold a special RGC.
“We are against any form of violence in our gathering and those who continue to practice such thuggery and backward acts will be dealt with if they are found to be members of the ANCYL,” Sithole said.
“If they are not members we will allow the law enforcement agencies to also investigate the carrying of guns [and] whether those fire arms are legal or not,” he said.
Sithole said the RGC could not sit because of administrative issues “which had potential of creating more problems for the ANCYL” and had to be postponed.
“The PEC is yet to receive a detailed report on the said incident,” Sithole said.
Some members had to be rushed to hospital on Sunday afternoon in order to be treated after the beating and use of pepper sprays.
013NEWS has learnt that the violence that erupted at the Nkangala ANCYL RGC had more to do with the upcoming provincial and national congresses.
Members are divided between those who support ANCYL NEC member Ndumiso Mokako for the position of President and those who want provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane to be national secretary.
Those who want Mokako to replace Collen Maine also want KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo to be national secretary.
They also want provincial deputy leader Trevor Nkosi to come become the provincial chair, taking over from Tim Mashele.
But Mbatsane supporters want him to retain the post of provincial secretary in order to be elevated to national office as secretary general when the 26th national congress is held later on. They also want Nkangala secretary Thabang Mathebula to be the provincial chair.
Meanwhile, the Nkangala ANCYL has slammed as “sensational” the report by 013NEWS this week on the RGC being convened to make pronouncement on Mbatsane and Thabang.
Spokesman Banele ‘Masheleni’ Nkosi said they convened the special RGC in order to finish the business of the May 2018 regional elective conference that made Bobo Mtshweni the chairman, Thabang the secretary, Memory Khumalo deputy chair, Kathy Mkhuma deputy secretary and treasurer Dennis Mtsweni.
“Thus the reports by 013NEWS are baseless, unscientific and unfounded,” Masheleni said in a statement.
“The special RGC and the delegation thereof did not have the mandate from the branches to make pronouncements on the upcoming provincial and national conferences respectively as branches are due for their Branch Annual General Meetings and Branch General Meetings wherein branch executive committees will be elected, and branch delegates will be elected for the purpose of the said conferences,” he said.
“The regional executive committee further notes such reporting as expedient, malice and playing to the gallery, sensationalising further political tensions in the region,” Masheleni said.
A week ago, the REC released a statement and pronounced they would support Mathebula to be provincial chair and Mbatsane to be secretary.
They also told this paper that they were in discussion with national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde for the position of President.
Masheleni added the violence that occured at the eMalahleni civic theatre was a “mutinous behaviour” and was “reactionary, barbaric and counter-revolutionary” and against all that the ANCYL stands for.
“The ANCYL of Anton Lembede and Peter Mokaba embodies political tolerance, guided by scientific and superior opinions, not physical confrontation and pepper sprays as this is indicative of total political disintegration of our glorious youth movement,” he said.
The factions say they want Trevor to come lead and are fiercely opposed to the putting forward of Thabang’s name, alleging this is “against the wishes of branches”.
The presidential ambition of ANCYL NEC member Ndumiso Mokako as well as that of provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane who wants to be the national secretary of the league are setting comrades against each other in the Nkangala region ahead of the league’s 26th national elective congress.
All hell broke loose at the eMalahleni civic theatre over the weekend when ANC Youth League members turned on each other during a planned Regional General Council of the league in the Nkangala region.
Sounds of voices and commotion could be heard from the road across as comrades raced to the door, running for their lives amidst fist fights and wielding of guns as comrades attacked each other, bringing the Nkangala RGC to a halt.
Those who attended the RGC on Sunday afternoon said it all began when regional secretary Thabang Mathebula was about to address delegates and “one of the delegates shouted, ‘Comrades, let’s leave. We can’t listen to Thabang’ and it started there”.
One of the delegates said they all received a message inviting them to the special RGC planned for 9 September “and we got there as expected,’ he told the 013NEWS reporter.
“The registration started at around 9 in the morning and concluded at around 2 afternoon,” he said when he spoke to the reporter.
“Then when we were supposed to get inside the hall we had a problem of comrades who were not registered properly.
“For an example, initially we were told that comrades who were supposed to attend the RGC were supposed to be those who were delegates to the regional congress in May 2018. When we saw that there were others who were not part of the May conference inside the hall we raised some disputes with the REC leadership and they were obliged to hold a meeting as a regional executive committee to resolve these disputes and after their meeting all delegates were asked to come to the hall in order for leadership to address them,” he said.
“So the regional chairperson Bobo Mtshweni addressed us and said that there were technicalities in the registration process and therefore as leadership they had resolved that the RGC would have to be postponed,” the delegate told the 013NEWS reporter on Sunday night.
“That’s where the war started,” he said, “Mathebula wanted to say something and we refused. Comrades started fighting us and using pepper sprays and all other things to harm us,” the member who belongs to a disgruntled faction said.
013NEWS has learnt that the Nkangala RGC was expected to pronounce on who the region supports between provincial deputy leader Trevor Nkosi and Mathebula.
Trevor Nkosi. 013NEWS/ZK.
Both Nkosi and Mathebula are contesting for the position of Mpumalanga ANCYL chair.
Mpumalanga is preparing for a league elective conference and the regions are divided between Mokako and Mbatsane going to the national conference.
Gert Sibande region wants Mokako to become the President of the league and KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo to be the national secretary.
But eHlanzeni region wants Mbatsane to be the national secretary on a slate that wants national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde to be the President.
Ndumiso Mokako. 013NEWS/ZK.
A week ago, the Nkangala REC pronounced they would support Mbatsane to be the national secretary and that they were in discussion with Nkabinde for the position of President. They said they would not support Mokako but this has set them against other factions within the organisation in the region who alleged their pronouncing of Mbatsane and Nkabinde were “against the wishes of branches”.
They say the REC has been “fed this poison” by former regional leader Mduduzi “Mswati” Nkosi who they say is the “mastermind” and “runs the show from behind” and they were “totally against that”.
They say all their problems “as young people” have been caused by Mswati.
They say Mathebula is Mswati’s “stooge” and “cannot be expected to be the provincial chair”, instead Nkosi should go lead.
“We are like this because of Mswati. We can’t continue the problem to the province. No, no,” one member, Sipho Mahlangu, said when he spoke to the reporter on Sunday night.
He said he was chased with a gun when the commotion began at the eMalahleni civic theatre and was going to report them to his father.
“I know who they are. These are our own hired comrades. I will seek advice from my father on what to do or to open a case of attempted murder or what,” Mahlangu said.
eHlanzeni regional secretary Siyabonga Malandule said as a region they are “clear” on who they want ahead of the provincial and national congresses.
He said they want Mbatsane to retain the post of provincial secretary and then be elevated to the post of national secretary when a the 26th national congress is held later on.
Pholoso Mbatsane. 013NEWS/ZK.
“We have started with BGMs already and Mbatsane is leading in nominations,” Malandule said.
“Processes are running smooth and branches are talking,” he said.
He said on the issue of Nkosi and Mathebula contesting the seat of provincial chairperson they will “allow branches to do that process” but they were in “discussions” with Nkabinde for the position of President.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole didn’t reply to an sms enquiry.
Mswati said it was a lie he was running the show from behind.
Individual leaders are elected into collectives which should work as a unit, fulfilling their mandate as indicate to by the constitution. No single person is a leader unto himself, but a collective…
A response to Mswati’s “flying colours leadership” of the ANCYL in Nkangala.
The former Nkangala ANCYL chairman Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi reportedly said he has led the region with “flying colours” and nobody else has done so previously.
The ANCYL in this region has held 6 conferences since the merger of the former Witbank and Western regions and has through the years being in the forefront of advancing the twin tasks of mobilizing young people behind the broader vision of the ANC.
None of those who led before the immediate past regional chairperson have declared leading the ANCYL with “flying colours” not because they were shy from doing so but because they understood the principle of collective leadership.
Those who led before understood that leading this gallant youth movement is not by any chance entering a beauty contest nor serving in the structure to get high marks – flying colours.
The ANCYL that we once led taught us to be disciplined and take collective glory when we did well.
I remember long ago when the word “we” was infused in my political vocabulary. We used “we” by referring to yourself or one or more other people considered together.
We acted as a collective – and no individual was better than the other.
The policy document of the ANC, the ‘Through the Eye of the Needle’, speaks on collective leadership and directs that “individual leaders are elected into collectives which should work as a unit, fulfilling their mandate as indicated to by the constitution”.
It further says: “No single person is a leader unto himself, but a collective which gives considered, canvassed guidance to the membership and society as a whole”.
The question that needs to be answered is which ANCYL has prepared him? Prepared to do what?