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.
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.
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.