He said the RGC will have the powers to “correct all wrongs” and will be headed by him.
ANCYL national leader Collen Maine has told scores of Nkangala branches that picketed outside party headquarters in Johannesburg that next week Saturday the Nkangala region will convene an RGC.
Maine said the date of the regional general council is 24 November 2018 and will be held at the Khulisile Palace.
He said he will lead the team that will be presiding over the RGC, working with the provincial leadership.
“Comrades,” Maine told the scores of branch leaders who have been picketing outside Luthuli House waiting to talk to him for most of the day.
“Next week Saturday there will be an RGC in Nkangala,” said the President to thunderous applause outside Luthuli House Friday evening.
The branch chairs and secretaries from Steve Tshwete, JS Moroka and Thembisile Hani had taken their anger to Maine after the Nkangala REC snubbed their BGMs weeks ago.
The BGMs were important because they allow branches to nominate favoured candidates ahead of congress.
The branches want Ndumiso Mokako as the secretary general against the position of the Nkangala REC that wants Pholoso Mbatsane for the secretary general position.
They also want Trevor Nkosi to be provincial chairman and the REC wants their secretary Thabang Mathebula to contest this position on 7 December 2018 when a provincial congress is held.
Collen Maine and ANC secretary Ace Magashule came to listen to the cries of the branches.
Maine said the RGC will have powers “to make corrections in the leadership of the ANCYL in that region”.
“As NEC we are aware of all your problems. You must continue to defy anybody who wants to intervene in the business of the ANCYL,” he said to applause.
He came with ANC national secretary Ace Magashule and league NEC member Dakota Lekgoete.
The branches arrived at around 11 in the morning but the leaders were only able to attend to them at 4 in the evening.
Maine urged the disgruntled Nkangala branch members to continue to guard processes of the ANCYL and “even if it means staying unemployed”.
“Don’t sell your soul to the highest bidder,” he said to them.
The branch members said they were happy with the response they got from Luthuli House and they will be “for actions”.
“He said when the RGC takes place we must take decision as branches and we will do just that. We are happy and we will wait for actions because talk is cheap,” one of the branches members who drove all the way to Luthuli House Friday morning said.
They say the province has done nothing to help them.
ANCYL branches from three sub-regions in the Nkangala region of Mpumalanga aligned to contender Ndumiso Mokako took their anger to party headquarters in Gauteng.
They want national office to disband the Nkangala ANCYL regional executive committee for “not doing the work it was elected for”.
They say REC deployees have been snubbing their BGMs for weeks now, allegedly because they favour candidates different from those preferred by the REC.
Those picketing outside Luthuli House are the chairs and secretaries from 20 Thembisile Hani branches as well as 27 from JS Moroka and 5 from Steve Tshwete.
Regional spokesman Banele ‘Masheleni’ Nkosi has said that the reason the REC didn’t come to their BGMs was because these branches never sent an invite to the REC but instead to the PEC.
One of the picketers, William Mokwele, a secretary from ward 18 in JS Moroka, said other branches that the REC attended were not given the printed attendant register by the REC deployee and this was done “deliberately” in order to “deny them” at a later stage.
“When they don’t give you the printed attendant register from the region to sign next to your name as a branch member and only give you a piece of paper to write on with a pen you will fail the audit,” Mokwele said.
He said they would picket the whole day outside Luthuli until national leader Collen Maine or secretary Njabulo Nzuza comes to attend them.
Just after mid-day on Friday, the NEC sent one of their members to go hear the branches but the branches refused to be addressed by this NEC member, saying they will picket till Maine or Nzuza attend to them and they give him “the petition”.
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“We are living in a very divided region. The chairperson [Bobo Mtshweni] has his own REC members on his side and the secretary [Thabang Mathebula] has his own. A very divided region and we never elected them to be divided but to service us as branches,” Mokwele said on the sideline of the picket.
The Mpumalanga province is preparing a provincial congress set for 7 December 2018. The national one is set for 16 December 2018.
The branches are divided between those who want Mokako and those who want Pholoso Mbatsane for the position of national secretary.
The Mokako group wants Trevor Nkosi to be the provincial chair while the Mbatsane group wants Thabang Mathebula as the chair.
This week the Nkangala REC said those those who choose to operate “outside the parameters” of ANCYL will be dealt with.
“They will face very serious consequences,” regional spokesman Masheleni Nkosi said.
The upper structure says they do not aim to “sabotage” branches that do not want to toe the line.
The Nkangala ANCYL says accusations that they deliberately snubbed BGMs in the JS Moroka sub-region are an “attention-seeking stunt” because first of all those branches never invited them to the branch general meetings.
The league regional executive committee responds to a complaint levelled by ward 18 secretary William Mokwele who said that branches aligned to Ndumiso Mokako and Trevor Nkosi were being snubbed by REC deployees when they tried to convene BGMs.
“Dates were not submitted to the regional secretary’s office as per the administration process, which means the regional secretary’s office was not aware that the branches were convening,” spokesman Banele ‘Masheleni’ Nkosi said.
Mokwele, who wrote a letter of complaint to the PEC, NEC and NTT, said other branches that were snubbed by the REC in the JS Moroka sub-region is ward 6, 7, 15, 17, 18 and 23 and were “currently frustrated”.
But Masheleni said they view the Mokwele complaint as “grandstanding” and “attention-seeking stunt” because if acting regional secretary Cathy Mkhuma had received the dates of their BGMs she was going to definitely send a deployee.
“If there’s any proof that dates were submitted let it be brought forward so the matter can be attended,” he said.
“We refuse to be drawn to petty stunts by people who wanna cause noise just to draw the attention of the PEC and NEC. We view such moves as nothing but grandstanding,” he said.
He said there is a branch in Hendrina that submitted their date to Mkhuma and a deployee was sent.
Masheleni added they can never sabotage any branch in the Nkangala region.
“There is no intention at all from the REC to sabotage any branch within the region.
“The branch annual general meetings are the processes of the organisation and can’t be diverted or done through a short-cut,” he said.
He is yet to be charged and the league says they won’t say what charge he will face until a disciplinary committee has done its work.
Nkangala ANCYL secretary Thabang Mathebula has spoken up about his suspension, saying he was still “shocked” as to what he did.
News of the soft-spoken regional youth leader were brought to light by provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane this week, confirming they have decided to send Mathebula home pending a disciplinary hearing.
Mbatsane didn’t say why they have decided to suspend the regional secretary but said the suspension comes after they “noted with deep regret” his “recent conduct”.
“We have deliberated on the matter and decided to suspend Comrade Thabang Mathebula pending his disciplinary hearing,” Mbatsane said in a statement.
Mathebula said he saw the press statement that Mbatsane released on behalf of the provincial executive committee and was “shocked, what is it that I did”?
“Currently as I’m sitting here I’m not sure what is it that I did,” he told the 013NEWS reporter over the phone.
“I don’t even know of a suspension because from where I’m sitting now I haven’t received anything that seeks to say ‘Comrade Thabang you are suspended or here’s an intent to suspend you’. No. I’m still waiting for anybody to come to me and say ‘you are suspended and this is what you have done’,” he said Thursday morning.
He said it was “unorganisational” of the PEC to suspend him through a press statement and “[that] is not how we process issues in the organisation”.
“So I’m not sure whether the person who wrote the press statement felt he had to put my name in it or is that of somebody else. I don’t know. But what I can say is that I have had an regional executive committee meeting and the convener of the region from the province was here and I can confirm that there is no message of that nature that was communicated,” he said.
In the press statement, Mbatsane said that a disciplinary hearing is meant to restore order and “not meant to resolve private problems”.
“The PEC wants to put it on record that and in a clearer context that disciplinary procedures are not meant to resolve private problems, intimidate or silence a particular member. The whole purpose of DC processes is restore order and discipline within the organisation,” he said.
Mathebula wants to be the provincial chair of the ANCYL when a congress is held on 7 December 2018. He will face-off with Trevor Nkosi, the provincial deputy chair who is also gunning for the same seat.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said they will not reveal what Mathebula did because he still has to appear before a disciplinary committee.
“He is suspended. The disciplinary committee will summon him. But for now we are not gonna be able to publish the detailed charge sheet, I can only confirm that he is suspended,” Sithole said, adding the matter is “sub-judice”.
” He is yet to receive his charge sheet from the disciplinary committee and the date of appearance. After everything has been done we will then make it public. We will come back and say ‘this is what he is charged for’,” said Sithole.
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.
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