He addressed crowds who came to a Nelson Mandela memorial lecture at the eMalahleni town hall over the weekend.
Mpumalanga ANCYL chairman Tim Mashele wants all the land returned to the majority of black South Africans and says as the league they are not going to ask permission from anybody to do this.
He said in supporting Mandla Ndlovu to take over as the new chair of Mpumalanga ANC they are not going to be “apologetic” about returning land and want Ndlovu to pay their bail when they are arrested during the time when land is being returned, possibly violently.
The battle to insert young people in the ANC is on.
The 40% that is widely talked about means a lot of things. Among others it also means that the ANC in the Mpumalanga regions must elect 10 young people to form part of the 25-member ANC regional executive committee.
This is called ‘40% inclusion of young people’.
The league in the Gert Sibande region is the one that first led the charge, telling regional mother-body leaders that 40% of 25 is 10.
Regional spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo said they want “10 politically matured current and former ANCYL members to be included as ANC REC members”.
But the league in the Nkangala region seems to be having a different view on the issue of having ten young people in the REC.
“Gert Sibande and Nkangala political dynamics aren’t the same,” regional leader Mduduzi Nkosi said.
“We are in a region that’s got a cream of leadership,” he said.
“[The] Main important part of our regional conference is unity and national policy position as a region,” he said, adding that there will be young people in the REC but not a specific number.
“We don’t discuss names but focus on unity and national policy conference then making sure that Mpumalanga is in the top 6 and our preferred comrade is DD Mabuza,” he said.
The league in the Bohlabela region wants provincial leader Tim Mashele to form part of the ANC REC in the region while ex-deputy president Ronald Lamola may emerge as member of the ANC provincial executive committee when leader David Mabuza leaves and a special congress is convened.