An open letter: “Mswati failed us big time”

Under this leadership, the ANCYL could not raise to claim its historical position of being the voice of the marginalised, writes the ANCYL member.


The recently staged media interview by the former chairman of the ANCYL in Nkangala reflects directly the incapacity to comprehend the real state of affairs within the Nkangala ANCYL.

The deliberate act to avoid honest reflection on the paralysis of the organisation has led to the ANCYL’s inabilities to truly be the champion of youth struggles.

Let’s conduct a brief lazy analysis of the ANCYL under the leadership of former chairman, comrade Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi.

Comrade Mswati was elected at the Zithabeni conference after the regional executive committee was disbanded and, as a result – together with his leadership collective – they inherited highly demoralised and politically inactive branches.

Let’s look at a few pointers that will assist us to thoroughly assess his leadership.

1. Organisational Status.

1.1. Branches

– He presided over failed branches that never had programs and produced quality political work.

1.2 Sub-Regions

– Failed to set up sub-regional structures

1.3 REC

– The REC failed to develop a clear organisational and political work program to politicise, coordinate and lead struggles of young people.

2. State of Youth in Nkangala Region

– The youth in the region continue to be poor, unskilled, unemployed, hopeless and exposed to dangers of abuse, drugs and crime.

3. Programs

3.1 Education

– Dololo

3.2 Health

– Dololo

3.3 Economy

– Dololo

3.4 Crime

– Dololo

3.5 Women

– Dololo

3.6 Deployment

3.6.1 How many young people were developed under his leadership?

3.6.2 The key deployments were those of the regional chair and regional secretary. Other than that, Dololo.


The ANCYL as a critical body of critical thinking and radical politics, has a duty to capture the imagination of not the youth but society in general.

Under this leadership, the ANCYL could not raise to claim it’s historical position of being the voice of the marginalised.

The ANCYL was voluntarily placed under the control and pockets of old people.

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The very utterances of comrade Mswati is a clear indication that characterised the organisation under him. The organisation served him and his uncontrollable ambition for power and desperate acts of relevance.

Where is the political report of his term?

Where is the organisational report of his term?

Where is the Treasurer’s report of his term?


Your leadership failed us the young people of Nkangala with flying colours.

*Seema leads an ANCYL branch in KwaMhlanga.

Trevor available to serve as chair “if branches so wish”

His name has been punted amongst those contesting but he says the thing is not about positions.

Mpumalanga ANCYL deputy leader Trevor Nkosi will avail himself for the position of league provincial chairman.

He said this will occur only if branches want him to.

Nkosi was speaking to the 013NEWS reporter on Tuesday this week.

He said over the past months he had felt the need to “give others a chance but if branches believe I should lead I won’t refuse”.

“The organisation teaches us that if branches and membership want a specific leader to lead in a specific position you cannot refuse,” Nkosi said over the phone.

“That leader doesn’t decide where he wants to go. Branches do that. If that happens I will do exactly [that].

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“But personally as Trevor Nkosi I no longer have interest in leading in any of the positions. I just feel that other young people should be given the opportunity to serve in positions,” he said.

Nkosi, a popular and affable youth leader from Ermelo, is favoured by some quarters of the ANCYL in Mpumalanga to serve as the provincial chairman when a congress is held in September 2018.

He was elected the deputy provincial chair in July 2016.

Nkosi said he believes he has played a major role in ANCYL struggles and has groomed others to take up positions.

“If comrades still believe that Trevor Nkosi can still lead and take us there, then let it be, who am I to say no. But also what you must understand is that it’s not about me but the interests of young people in Mpumalanga,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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Mswati: “I can stand as ANCYL provincial chair and win”

He says the ground is all that matters in politics.

Former Nkangala ANCYL leader Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi also has his eyes set on the ball but for him its a definite win.

Mswati, whose name is punted amongst those who should lead the Mpumalanga ANCYL, spoke to 013NEWS this week and said all is fine in the contest.

Looks like the contest in September 2018 will be between Mswati and Trevor Nkosi who is also wanted by some quarters to lead the league. Trevor led the Gert Sibande region as its league chair and was elevated in July 2016 to become Mpumalanga ANCYL deputy chair.

Mswati said “even if one branch” nominates him he will definitely stand.

“I’m a leader who comes from the school of thoughts,” Mswati said.

“I have been prepared by the ANCYL and I have led the ANCYL in Nkangala with flying colours and there is no other leader who have led the region with flying colours like I did,” Mswati said on Tuesday.

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“If there is anybody who wants to contest let the world judge for itself that the region that I led was actually a provincial executive committee on its own in terms of the programs that we had, from defending to advancing interest of young people from local government to private sector. We have something that we achieved,” he said.

He said when he contests he doesn’t think anybody will win against him “ even if I’m nominated as provincial secretary”.

“I’m not scared of any candidate that might stand as provincial chair. Even the political body knows that if I stand no one can stand against me. Even if I stand as provincial secretary no one can dare stand because if anyone tries and stand, I just touch that person and he or she will fall,” he said.

Mswati said that the ANCYL he will lead should he get nominated will concentrate on the issue of land and make sure Nasrec resolutions are implemented.

He said President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to implement the resolutions, the ANCYL under him will demand.

“And support comrade Jacob Zuma as we always did since 2005 that he is innocent until proven guilty,” he said.

He added the only way to bring about real chance to the poor is through expropriation of land and that way people can be able to freely get themselves economically active.

But he cautioned that this is not about positions or himself but the interests of young people.

“It’s not about me, I’m not desperate to lead but if the time comes I won’t back down. I definitely won’t. I will avail myself even if I’m nominated by one branch because I know myself and that nobody can stand against me,” he said.

(edited ZK)

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Mbatsane says sitting of MP ANCYL regional congresses were “breach of rules”

He said as PEC they were shocked at the announcements of dates of regional conferences by regional task teams.

Mpumalanga ANCYL secretary Pholoso Mbatsane says as the province they would not allow “short-cuts” to regional congresses.

Mbatsane told the 013NEWS reporter on Tuesday this week that they were caught by surprise at the “rumour” that the task teams were convening regional congresses.

He said there was no way the congresses would be allowed to sit without the signature of national secretary Njabulo Nzuza on the audit reports.

Mbatsane is speaking following the postponement of regional ANCYL elective congresses the past weekend.

This saw Gert Sibande regional co-ordinator James “Castro” Nkosi addressing fuming delegates who had come to attend the 6th Gert Sibande ANCYL congress at the Aventura resort in Badplaas, informing them of the postponement.

It was said that Bohlabela, Nkangala and eHlanzeni would have their congresses the past weekend but Mbatsane says the “rumour” that the conferences were being convened “caught us by surprise”.

“For congresses to sit there has to be a thorough processes,” he said over the phone.

“We have to allow BGMs to sit and after that we have to allow the processes of disputes and if branches are not satisfied you allow them to make appeal to upper structures and all of that.

“So what I’m saying is that it’s an organisational process which needs to be followed to the last,” he said.

Mbatsane said there are no “short-cuts” to convening congresses.

“There was never a formal communication from upper structures. It was just a hearsay and when we heard about them we were shocked because we were attending a national executive committee,” the secretary said.

He said there is no way regions can convene congresses without the final audit report and “as I’m talking to you we are waiting for it”.

He added a “formal communication” will be made by his office once the final audit report signature has been received and when regions should convene elective conferences.

(edited ZK)

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ANCYL welcomes outcomes of ANC regional congresses

The league called on all to unite behind the newly elected leadership.

The ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province has welcomed the outcomes of the ANC regional congresses over the weekend.

The league said they were happy that provincial leader Tim Mashele was elected in the Bohlabela ANC regional executive committee.

Mashele’s deputy Trevor Nkosi was also elected into the Gert Sibande ANC REC on Saturday.

Other PEC and REC members of the league were also elected into the ANC RECs, including Nkangala ANCYL leader Mduduzi Nkosi who was elected into the Nkangala ANC REC.

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“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.

(edited by MLM)

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