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.
Mpumalanga ANCYL secretary Pholoso Mbatsane’s region of eHlanzeni is waiting for the other regions to lobby them on who should take the provincial chair seat between Trevor Nkosi and Thabang Mathebula.
This is according to regional secretary Siyabonga Malandule who said that they will not pronounce a position until they have spoken to the other regions.
Malandule said a meeting between Bohlabela leader Precious Tonga, secretary Mourice Khoza, Gert Sibande leader Thulasizwe Thomo, secretary James ‘Castro’ Nkosi and Nkangala leader Bobo Mtshweni as well as secretary Mathebula will determine whether Nkosi or Mathebula becomes the chair.
He said they will “obviously guide the process” as the leadership.
“As a region we are clear on comrade Pholoso” Malandule said when he spoke to the 013NEWS reporter on Sunday mid-day.
“We are still in the process, branches are still busy with BGMs,” he said over the phone.
“And we are still going to enter into discussions with the other regions and lobby or be lobbied on the position of provincial chair. Remember what must happen we must first lobby them for our candidate and they will then bring their own candidates for preference, that’s when we will sit down and agree on the preferences,” said Malandule.
He said branches were currently “sending them out” as a regional executive committee and were saying, “this is our preference, go and discuss with the other regions and then you will tell us as to how you engaged with the other regions”.
“The branches have the right to view,” the secretary said, “they can nominate any leader but we will obviously guide after consolidation,” he said.
The Mpumalanga province is preparing for an ANCYL provincial congress – a congress that is important moving forward to the national one.
Both Nkosi and Mathebula, who is the secretary of Nkangala, want to be chairman of the Mpumalanga ANCYL.
Nkosi, a current provincial deputy chair and who some believe is the right leader “to take the province forward,” runs a slate that national contestant Ndumisio Mokako regionally depends on in order to be the national secretary or President of the ANCYL.
The ambitious Mokako is from the Gert Sibande region, a region Nkosi hails from and allegedly controls.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said the RECs do not have the right to lobby each other, “only branches” do have the right.
“What do you mean when you say you will ‘obviously guide the process’, obviously you want to tell branches who to nominate,” Sithole said over the phone.
“Frankly, remember that this is not a congress of the regions but it is a congress of branches and will be attended by branches who elect delegates. Those people who attend congresses we call them delegates because they are given delegation powers by the branches to go and represent them.
“So branches are allowed to lobby each other on any matter going to congress. For example, a branch in eHlanzeni can lobby a branch in Nkangala and come out with a preferred candidate but not the RECs. The RECs cannot do that. The REC cannot ‘guide a process’, only the constitution guides a process,” Sithole said.
They also mention YCL provincial spokesman Lucky Zitha as their preferred man for the position of provincial deputy chair.
Bohlabela ANCYL members belonging to a faction that wrote to national secretary Njabulo Nzuza complaining about a May 2018 regional elective congress being marred by unfairness are currently infiltrating the ground to garner enough support for league provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole to become the provincial secretary when a congress is held soon.
Led by Bushbuckridge subregion ward 10 chairman Kabelo Ndziyo, the members said they are on a mission to seek a new leadership in the province that will “revive” the ANCYL from its “grave”. The group believes Ndumiso Mokako is the right leader for the position of President, Trevor Nkosi for the position of Mpumalanga league chairperson and Sithole as secretary.
They also want Lucky Zitha, the YCL provincial spokesman, to become the deputy chairman.
But this is setting them against the leadership that won the May congress which wants provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane to retain his post.
The group stood up and left the May 2018 Bohlabela ANCYL elective conference in exodus soon after credentials were adopted, complaining that NEC deployee deputy president Desmond Moela was conducting the conference unfairly and they no longer wanted to participate.
The Bohlabela conference hall after the other faction had allegedly staged an exodus, crying unfairness.
They later wrote a letter to Nzuza complaining of the way the conference was conducted and the “bogus delegates” that were allegedly added to defeat them.
“We want Trevor as chair, Lucky Zitha as deputy chair, Bheki Sithole as secretary, Musa Nkuna as deputy secretary and Sthembile Mhlongo as treasurer,” Ndziyo told the 013NEWS reporter this week Wednesday.
He said nationally they will prefer Mokako and KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo as secretary general and that they had the number of branches to ensure this happens.
“We don’t want Pholoso Mbatsane because he is part of the group that was conducting the conference unfairly and robbing us in order to get the people they want to remote-control to emerge.
“Both Tim Mashele and Mbatsane failed the ANCYL, we don’t want them. Since they got elected in 2015 they never had programs,” he said.
“Trevor is better because we saw what he did in Gert Sibande in terms of programs and is someone who is not arrogant and is able to deal with people peacefully and that’s why we want him and Sithole,” Ndziyo said.
The Ndziyo group had wanted former acting regional secretary Nhlamulo Mayindi to become the secretary as well as Musa Nkuna to become the chair but lost to Precious Tonga who got elected the chairwoman as well as Mourice Khoza who became the secretary on the day they chose to leave.
They claim the current leadership of Tonga and Khoza is an “imposed structure” and is scared of calling a Regional General Council to finish the business of the May 2018 congress “because they know they don’t have the branches” and were elected by “bogus delegates”.
They also accuse them of being “remote-controlled” by ANC provincial spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini and “cannot do anything without her permission”.
“Precious even worked in Sasekani’s office and each and every program they want to have they ask Sasekani first and if she says no they won’t do it,” Ndziyo said.
Manzini, who is also health MEC, is from the Bohlabela region and previously served as the ANCYL provincial secretary.
“That structure we don’t recognise it. It is a structure of Sasekani and Desmond,” he said, adding that the reason the structure was “imposed” it was for the sole reason of using it to pronounce league provincial leader Tim Mashele as the regional secretary of the ANC in the Bohlabela region in the near future.
Sasekani Manzini (L), Tim Mashele (C) and Desmond Moela (R). 013NEWS/ZK.
Ndziyo said the current leadership has few branches, “very few” and that of the 123 delegates that attended the May 2018 congress a number of 74 delegates were “on our side and that is the reason they had to get bogus delegates to add to their numbers,” he said.
Manzini told the 013NEWS reporter that she refuses to be dragged into ANCYL squabbles as she is no longer an ANCYL member.
She said she only attended the May 2018 conference as an invited guest and is having nothing to do with the other claims.
Moela promised he would respond to media enquiries but never did.
Regional secretary Mourice Khoza rejected the claims, saying the Ndziyo group will always say but can never give names of the people they claim were bogus delegates.
Bohlabela ANCYL chairwoman Precious Tonga.
“Everything in that congress was fair. I was contesting against the former Regional Task Team member comrade Nhlamulo Mayindi and delegates from branches rejected him,” Khoza said.
“We were not imposed at all but elected by branch delegates of Bohlabela region,” he said, “and I think it’s about time they must provide names of the so-called bogus delegates and the names of delegates they say left congress, they can’t provide that information because there is no such,” Khoza said.
Khoza said as far he knows the few BGMs that had taken place had nominated Mbatsane to retain the post of secretary.
“We are busy with BGMs and few branches which went to their respective BGMs in the region want Lucky Zitha to be deputy chairperson and Pholoso Mbatsane to retain his position as secretary of the province.
“We will support anyone for chairperson and we are waiting for the other regions to lobby us as a region. I heard that there is a name of Thabang Mathebula and Trevor Nkosi. Both are capable to lead the province,” the secretary said.
Provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said it was good that branches were conducting BGMs to choose preferred candidates and were exercising their constitutional rights in that manner.
He said any member of the ANCYL in good standing had a right to elect or get elected, adding that he will only stand “only if I’m approached by branches, not just a person standing there calling my name. No”.
He said it was the branches that have the right to choose who must lead the province and “not the province”.
“If branches sit and put people’s names forward, people they believe should lead the province they are practising their constitutional mandate and is a mandate that no one should take away from the branches. It must be a bottom up approach and not the other way around,” Sithole said.
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.
“However, we will continue to lobby for a total take over from the old guard,” provincial spokesman Bheki Sithole said in a statement.
“[This is] scientific prove[sic] that the youth is ready to take the baton from the current generation of leaders and continue with the journey of making South Africa a better and more prosperous society,” he said.
Speedy Mashilo was re-elected as Nkangala ANC chairman, Muzi Chirwa, Gillion Mashego as well as Ngrayi Ngwenya as chairman of Gert Sibande, Bohlabela and eHlanzeni respectively.
“We call upon the elected leadership to now focus on the critical work of commissions and emerge with radical policies that will change the lives of our people for the better,” Sithole said.
“We trust that as we engage on policy matters preparing for the ANC policy conference later this month, we will be guided by ANC values and the Freedom Charter to ensure that our people benefit from the wealth of the land,” he said.
Members of PRET prevented EFF members who were marching to the eMalahleni municipality to submit a memorandum of demands to mayor Linah Malatjie. Choas ensued as the group engaged in running battles with the cops after refusing to disperse.