The league faced one of the most difficult times – with the regional executive committee divided into two groups.
Fighting leaders of the ANCYL in the Nkangala region of Mpumalanga have now “put aside” their differences for the unity of chair Bobo Mtshweni and his rival secretary Thabang Mathebula.
This is according to Mathebula. He said the ANC intervened and the league in the region “resolved” to “find workable solutions” to their differences.
He said their suspensions have also been set aside.
Mathebula said they had established that congress was dividing them and had resolved to handle it in a manner that doesn’t divide them now.
He said they are coming from a difficult time of “factional tensions”.
“Then soon afterwards the ANC in the region intervened and took a view, a view that said they would lobby the ANC PEC to speak to the PEC of the ANCYL to lift the suspensions,” Mathebula said the past Sunday (10 Feb) when he spoke to 013NEWS.
He said the ANC saw that the suspensions “were not good for the ANCYL in the region”.
“But ourselves as leaders of the league we did have our own engagements on the matters that divide us together with the chairperson. We have asked ourselves ‘What is it exactly that divides us?’ If it’s congress we agreed and said, ‘let us not allow this congress to divide us’,” he said.
He said a January 2019 meeting between officials of the ANC and ANCYL in the region decided they “don’t have a choice but to unite for the sake of the ANCYL and young people”.
“So that is where we resolved all issues and we had called a regional working committee of the league last week as an REC and we discussed programmes of actions. So from where I’m sitting now I can tell you that the ANCYL in Nkangala is united,” he said.
Both Mathebula and Mtshweni were suspended late last year by their movement in their positions of secretary and chairpersons respectively.
Mathebula was suspended over a behaviour that was received with “deep regret” by the ANCYL PEC, according to a statement the league released last year. It was apparently a social media post lashing provincial leader Tim Mashele to be “clear” on which side he stands as they were preparing for congress.
It is still not quite clear why Mtshweni was suspended but he himself said it was over a meeting he attended with league PEC officials in which they planned to communicate the decision of Mathebula being placed on suspension.
This meeting was viewed as “factional” and allegedly running against a planned ANCYL programme or meeting in the region on that day.
Mtshweni is aligned to the Thanduxolo Sabela grouping that wants Trevor Nkosi as provincial leader.
Last year Mtshweni publicly campaigned for Mokako and Nkosi against an REC decision that resolved to support Mathebula as provincial leader and Pholoso Mbatsane as secretary.
The two were elected during a regional congress in May 2018.
Mathebula said they will no longer allow congresses to divide them and are focusing attention on the upcoming general elections.
ANC regional spokesman Sello Matshoga said it was their responsibility as the mother body to ensure “that the ANCYL operates within the constitution of the ANC and if there is disunity in the ANCYL it doesn’t assist the ANC”.
“We have called both chairperson and secretary. We engaged. We all agreed. They have put everything aside. After the processes we were then able to convene a first REC of the ANCYL last week and that REC meeting was successful. And we have resolved that we are going to call the sub-regional meetings of the ANCYL,” Matshoga said.
The league is preparing for a 26th national elective conference.
ANCYL presidential contender Reggie Nkabinde wanted KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo to be the secretary general in his slate, he told a national daily newspaper.
Nkabinde, who wants to be Collen Maine’s successor when the league holds a national congress soon, told Sowetan that he tried on more than two occasions to convince Sabelo to come be the national secretary on his slate but seemingly Sabelo didn’t want to.
Sabelo is being endorsed by all the regions in his home province of KZN for the position of President.
Sabelo wants ANCYL NEC member Ndumiso Mokako as the secretary general while the Nkabinde camp wants Mpumalanga secretary Pholoso Mbatsane as the SG.
“The first person I had a meeting with is Thanduxolo and we have met more than twice,” the politician-businessman told journalist Neo Goba at the Palazzo Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg Monday afternoon (15 Oct) this week.
He said Sabelo “has vehemently rejected a slate that was proposed by people in the youth league who have tried to mediate [between] us”.
“We had a discussion that proposed that I must be President and Thanduxolo be SG which is something he said he would think about”.
“He would agree in the meeting but then I later started seeing his campaign,” Nkabinde said.
Unlike KZN, the Mpumalanga province is divided on Mbatsane and Mokako who both come from the province.
Mokako is being favoured by his home region of Gert Sibande and Mbatsane by eHlanzeni – with Bohlabela and Nkangala divided on the two.
Nkabinde, the flamboyant owner of Mabala Noise record label, added that in those meetings Sabelo proposed that ANCYL national spokesman Mlondi Mkhize should become the league’s national chairman – a position which does not currently exist in the league.
“He said to me, ‘we are introducing a discussion of a sixth position for the youth league’,” said Nkabinde.
Though there are other threats to the ANC’s revolution for a better life for all but the Guptas remain an immediate one.
The Gupta family currently remains the number one enemy of the young people of South Africa, the YCL has said.
Young communist league leader Mluleki Dlelanga told communist supporters and members at the league’s Youth Day rally in eMalahleni on Sunday afternoon (18 Jun) that young people need to roll up their sleeves and fight those who are selling out the struggle for a better life.
“Yes, monopoly capital is our enemy but the Guptas are the immediate threat to the revolution,” he said.
“They are the enemy of the youth of this country, they are the enemy of the good and development of young people,” Dlelanga said.
He said the current non-racial democracy was fought hard for and many people died in the process but all has been sold to the Gupta family.
“Comrades,” Dlelanga screamed. “We must fight those who betray our revolution,” he said.
He said young people who are not connected do not have a place “to the good and development” of their country because of the Gupta’s capturing of key ANC leaders.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and SACP leader Blade Nzimande were expected to deliver the ANC and SACP’s messages of support at the YCL rally but both didn’t come, sending apologies instead.
The ANC’s message of support was then delivered by ANC NEC member Aaron Motsoaledi together with SACP central committee member Madala Masuku who delivered SACP’s message of support on Nzimande’s behalf.
Dlelanga told those who attended the rally that as the YCL they regret being in alliance with the current ANCYL leaders who he said are “preoccupied with slate politics” and do nothing for young people.
Without mentioning them by name, Dlelanga said: “You heard young people speaking about slates and who must be on the slates, they are not talking about the problems facing young people and what must be done. We regret as the YCL to be in alliance with some youth leaders who when they speak their mouths are full of curry of the Guptas and can’t speak issues affecting young people. We regret being with those”.
SANCO’s Phakamile Thwala delivered the civic movement’s message of support and called on the YCL to assist SANCO in its campaign for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
“We have taken the resolution in our provincial congress that we will convince the communities that comrade Cyril Ramaphosa be the one who leads the ANC. As an alliance partner we have an interest in who leads the ANC,” he said.
Phakamile Thwala. MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.
“Therefore as SANCO we are asking the YCL to support us as we campaign for a proper leadership in the ANC because we see that the ANC is at a risk of being stolen,” Thwala said at the rally.
The Gert Sibande ANCYL had its Radical Economic Transformation Assembly at the Manzana cultural centre in Badplaas on Sunday (9 Apr)
Speakers at the rally were the chairman of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region, Muzi Chirwa, ANCYL Gert Sibande leader Trevor Nkosi, ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela and ANCYL NEC member Ndumiso Mokako.
Nkosi was there to answer the question of ‘Youth Empowerment’, Chirwa ‘Organisational Renewal’, Moela ‘Role of the ANCYL’ and Mokako was there to answer the question of ‘What is Radical Economic Transformation?’.
013NEWS brings you what Mokako said in 12 quotes.
1.) ‘The idea of the economic transformation is an idea of the ANCYL which we won in 2011’.
2.) ‘When we speak of radical economic transformation we speak of a program that will help change the colour of poverty, unemployment, underdevelopment from being black and the colour of wealth and privilege from being white’.
3.) ‘So comrades this radical economic program can only be achieved if we change the way in which property is managed and owned in South Africa. It can only come when we change the means of production and how they are owned’.
4.) ‘Radical economic transformation doesn’t mean getting a mall. It is about getting factories to produce and create jobs’.
5.) ‘We will march to PIC and demand that PIC must not take the pension money of our parents and build malls. They must take that money and build factories and create jobs’.
6.) ‘For us radical economic transformation is about development and any form of development must come to the township’.
7.) ‘We can’t still have black people with the small salaries they get, they must still pay transport and white people with a lot of salaries they walk or drive a kilometre to work’.
8.) ‘By radical economic transformation we mean that you procure locally produced goods’.
9.) ‘It still puzzles me why chairperson [Muzi Chirwa] you still use Vodacom as your service provider yet you know that Vodaphone is owned in Britain, yet we’re saying that we’re waging a war with monopoly capital and they are sponsored by imperialists and we know that the imperialist’ hub is in Britain and the US. Comrades, Telkom is South African mobile, we must use Telkom’.
10.) ‘We want our land back. There’s a lot of land in South Africa that is owned by foreigners who only see the land they own on Google maps. That land must come back South Africans’.
11.) ‘Radical economic transformation is about insourcing services of the state. Building state capacity. The most scandalous issue that has ever hit the ANC is the issue of CPS and that scandal was caused by the involvement of private capital in services which are supposed to be delivered by the state’.
12.) ‘We must make sure that our own comrades are able to deliver services without outsourcing’.