Pholoso Mbatsane region awaits ‘lobbying’ on Trevor vs Thabang

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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.
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WATCH: ANCYL condemns Nkangala RGC “thuggery” behaviour

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.

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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.

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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.

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Ndumiso Mokako, Pholoso Mbatsane divide Nkangala ANCYL

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”.

Ndumiso Mokako, Pholoso Mbatsane divide Nkangala ANCYL

Nkangala ANCYL secretary Thabang Mathebula. 013NEWS/MLM.

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.

Ndumiso Mokako, Pholoso Mbatsane divide Nkangala ANCYL

Trevor Nkosi. 013NEWS/ZK.

Both Nkosi and Mathebula are contesting for the position of Mpumalanga ANCYL chair.

 ALSO RELATED: Thabang Mathebula longs for meeting with Trevor Nkosi ahead of provincial congress

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, Pholoso Mbatsane divide Nkangala ANCYL

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”.

Ndumiso Mokako, Pholoso Mbatsane divide Nkangala ANCYL

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.

Ndumiso Mokako, Pholoso Mbatsane divide Nkangala ANCYL

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.

“What show?” he said when asked over the weekend.

“I know nothing,” he said.

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“Delegates of Nkangala ANCYL 6th congress exercised their democratic rights and they were the only region that went to IEC ballot box. So same as in the province, the branches will speak,” he said.

“Mine is just to avail myself only if I’m needed or I must be involved and now they are sounding as if it’s me who owns ANCYL, they must know I don’t own ANCYL nor does ANCYL owe me.

“But it is ANCYL that has moulded me and that’s why I’ll always advice where needed, defend and be jealous of ANCYL,” he said.

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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.

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Pholoso Mbatsane launches scathing attack on Jackson Mthembu

The secretary of the ANC youth league in Mpumalanga has launched a scathing attack on the chief whip of the party in parliament, calling him a drunkard.

ANCYL Mpumalanga provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane told journalists that Jackson Mthembu’s recent comments were his attempt to gain political relevance as the party moves towards the national conference late next year.

Mbatsane was addressing the media at the party’s provincial headquarters in Mbombela on Tuesday afternoon and launched the attacks on Mthembu following a previous one by provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu on Monday.

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“As the ANCYL in Mpumalanga we take a dim view against such blatant opportunism of Hollywood style politics of flirting with media, what comrade Jackson Mthembu did is totally out of order and constitute ill-discipline thus we call upon the ANC to call him into order and subject him to internal disciplinary processes.

“It can’t be correct that a person entrusted with a huge leadership responsibility to lead the ANC party caucus in parliament will unleash such an offensive against the leadership of the ANC, especially in these trying times of the national democratic revolution where forces who are opposed to us are seriously at play to dislodge and liquidate the revolutionary people’s movement ad dethrone it out of power.

“He must lead by example and resign so that he can reconnect with his alcoholism without interruption,” Mbatsane said at the party’s boardroom.

He said the Alcohol Anonymous would have to be contacted “if Mthembu has relapsed on his gargantuan alcohol intake given his historical background of being fond of Jack Daniels”.

“A seasoned cadre of his caliber should have waited for the ANC NEC meeting to cough out his barb than grandstanding in the media, such is unwarranted and shows serious signs of ill-discipline,” he said.

READ ALSO: ‘It’s unheard of that an NEC member would tell us what he’s going to say in an NEC meeting’ – Ndlovu

“We call upon him to allow the law to take its course as far as Minister Pravin Gordhan is concerned.

“He must stop his desperate attempt to support Minister Pravin and disregard the Constitution as its states all shall be equal before the law,” he said.

Mbatsane was flanked by the provincial youth chairman Tim Mashele, treasurer Sam Masango, provincial deputy secretary Sonto Mnguni and a member of the league’s provincial executive committee in the province, Bheki Sithole.

He said the last time they witnessed a behaviour like this from Mthembu was during his days of “alcohol activism” when he drove on the bus route in Cape Town.

“Hence we suspect that he has relapsed, he needs urgent help,” said Mbatsane.

“He is on record saying his view didn’t emerge in the NWC he couldn’t hold his horse till the NEC meeting which is the highest decision making  body in between congresses.

“This cannot be deemed character of the ANC’s leadership to show disregard for the tradition and norms of the movement so unashamedly and unsympathetically, disregard internal organisational process while claiming to be principled,” he added.

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