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South Africa – does ANC’s Motlanthe still believe in tripartite alliance

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Cosatu insists it had a constructive meeting with the former president following his scathing comments about the expulsion of Vavi and Numsa.

Kgalema Motlanthe. (Oupa Nkosi, MG)

Has Cosatu convinced former president Kgalema Motlanthe that the tripartite alliance is not dead?

That remains unknown but the trade union federation said it had a “cordial and constructive meeting” with Motlanthe – a former trade union leader – after he said in an interview that Cosatu and the SACP had lost their way.

In a wide-ranging interview with Business Day, Motlanthe was scathing in his criticism of Cosatu which expelled its general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, and metal workers union Numsa this year.

“You have a situation when the office bearers actively go and divide the unions. I can’t think of anyone who claims to be a trade unionist who can, with clear conscience, expel 350 000 workers. It is unheard of,” he said in the interview.

Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said in a press statement that Cosatu’s national office bearers met with Motlanthe following his controversial remarks.

“It was a cordial and constructive meeting, where all the parties agreed to respect the decisions taken by the constitutional structures of the respective alliance formations and to always raise any matters openly with those involved,” Pamla said in the statement.

Initially, Pamla issued a statement saying Cosatu found Motlanthe’s comments regrettable, adding that he has “ignored all the facts and opted for an easy option by sounding the death knell for the alliance”.

The former general secretary of NUM was firm in his view that Cosatu was no longer a strong independent organisation.

““My reading is that there is no alliance, there is one organisation existing inside the integuments of erstwhile independent organisations, but today to talk about Cosatu as an independent organisation from the ANC or the SACP I think is a delusion,” Motlanthe was quoted as saying.

Now Cosatu says it respects Motlanthe and would continue to value his opinions.

In the wide-ranging interview Motlanthe also dished out criticism for the ANC.

“The point I am making is that the policies are in place, the Constitution is in place, but if those in power can pick and choose when to adhere, when not to adhere then we have a very difficult situation,” he said.

The ANC remained curt in their response.

“The African National Congress wants to affirm comrade Kgalema Motlanthe as a leader and a voice reason who has always been on the forefront of raising pertinent and thought-provoking questions within the structures of the ANC,” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

However, the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal – who are known for their razor sharp tongues – lashed out against Motlanthe.

ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said “Motlanthe was not the alpha and the omega of the ANC”.

South Africa – ANCYL and the line between militancy and anarchy

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04 NOV 2015 14:38 REBONE TAU

ANC youth need to know that insulting elders doesn’t make us militant, we won’t sit down for those showing signs of anarchy, writes Rebone Tau.

 We should be rallying all young people behind the banner of the ANC, says Rebone Tau. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

It was quite shocking to read an article by Amanda Khoza on the press conference the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal held on Tuesday. It really left a bitter taste. It was reported that youth league provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo said: “He must not now pose himself as the alpha and the omega of the ANC. He is a member like any other member and must abide by the Constitution of the ANC. We are willing to lay down our lives to defend the ANC and its leadership … even if it means taking comrade Kgalema [Motlanthe] to task, we will do that.”
The youth league comes from an era of insults towards leadership and one would think that in the process of rebuilding the league, we would make sure we raise issues but not insult our leaders as we continue to get wisdom from them, as they know better than us and have led before us. What youth league comrades need to understand is that insults towards our elders do not make us militant as there is a thin line between anarchy and militancy. We can’t have youth league leaders who wake up just to call press conferences to insult elders within our glorious movement, and who expect us to sit there and clap hands.
The youth unemployment rate is so high in the country and as we go to local elections, we should be rallying all young people behind the banner of the ANC. We should be preoccupied with championing the interests of young people and not with insults that will not advance the National Democratic Revolution (NDR). A few weeks back, students from different universities stood up and defined their mission as this generation as making sure we advance the NDR. We need a youth league that is on the ground, playing its role in society and not calling press conferences to insult leaders who are a voice of reason in the movement. 
Public spats with leaders won’t make us good leaders. The ANC issued a statement, which should have been a guide for all of us as members of the ANC, on the remarks made by former deputy president Motlanthe. One would not expect the youth league to come out in public against the ANC statement on the matter, as the ANC had spoken. The ANC is the oldest liberation movement on the continent and we must never, as members, define ourselves outside the movement and want to be populists. Being young leaders does not mean we must be reckless and bully our elders by saying we are defending the movement. 
We will not sit down and clap hands for those who are showing signs of anarchy in our name as members of the youth league. We must make sure that the rebuilding process continues under the current leadership and that we kill insults and allow constructive criticism that will assist us to reflect on where we are as a movement and what it is that we are doing that is wrong, so we are able to fix our mistakes and make sure we don’t repeat them in future. 
Our focus should be the upcoming local elections and making sure the ANC gets overwhelming support from the youth of our country, as they need to go out in numbers and register to vote for the ANC because it’s the only party that is advancing the NDR. We must make sure that the youth unemployment rate goes down. We, as this generation, must work towards advancing the National Development Plan Vision 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. We must define our mission and make sure we don’t betray the youth of this country. We must promote patriotism among the youth so that they represent the country well in all spheres of life. We need to produce knowledge and young visionaries who will work towards building the country while appreciating wisdom from our elders.
Aluta Continua!
Rebone Tau is a former national task team member for the ANC Youth League and writes in her personal capacity.

South Africa – ANCYL’s Maine refuses to step down from mpaid MEC position

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Contrary to past statements, the new ANCYL leader will not be resigning from his MEC position and, therefore, will not relinquish his R1.6m salary.

The new ANC Youth president, Collen Maine, will not operate on a strictly full-time basis. (Delwyn Verasamy, MG)

Newly elected ANC Youth League President Collen Maine is not prepared to give up the perks of being an MEC even after being elected to lead the youth structure.

The youth league has confirmed that Maine will not give up his R1.6-million salary as he would not resign as MEC for local government in the North West

A day after he was elected in September, Maine told a press conference that he would step down from his position.

“I understand that the president of the youth league is a full-time position so the youth league and the ANC will engage on that particular matter,” Maine said at the time.

Not full back
However, ANCYL secretary Njabulo Nzuza said the league’s national executive committee decided that the role of the president would not be a full-time one.

Traditionally, youth league presidents were full time at the ANC’s headquarters, Luthuli House.

“We have taken a decision that the constitution of the ANC Youth League says the secretary-general is full-time in the organisation. The NEC must decide which other positions are full time. And in an NEC meeting that we held we resolved that the president will not be full time,” Nzuza said.

This is despite a resolution of the conference that the top five leaders of the league would work full time at ANC headquarters.

Nzuza said Maine would continue being the MEC or act in any role deployed by the ANC.

“The only full-time positions is the treasurer general and the secretary general as prescribed by the constitution,” Nzuza said.

He said Maine would still be committed to the mandate he received of leading the youth.

Dual responsibility
“He is going to be here (at the youth league headquarters) and servicing his people there ( in the North West),” Nzuza said.

After being elected, Maine said he was not concerned over salary cuts if it meant serving his organisation.

He was unavailable on Tuesday for comment.

“Whether there is a salary cut or not we have a responsibility given by congress,” he said at the time, adding;“As it relates to packages when we get elected, the oath you take as members of the youth league is that you don’t expect any material benefit,” he said.

According to the 2014 figures, Maine earned approximately R1.6-million per annum.

At the same time, he enjoys the luxury of a plush German sedan and a state house, among other benefits.

South Africa – Maine elected ANC Youth League president

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The North West health MEC was nominated unopposed on Friday night for the vacant ANC Youth League presidency.

New ANCYL president Collen Maine. (Madelene Cronje, MG)

Collen Maine has been elected uncontested as the new ANC Youth League president during the league’s national conference in Midrand on Friday night – two years after Julius Malema was expelled from the ANC.

Maine, who is an MEC for health in North West is said to enjoy the support of senior ANC leaders popularly known as the “Premier League”. They include North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and Free State Premier Ace Magashule.

Other top five leaders elected uncontested alongside Maine are Desmond Moela (deputy president), Njabulo Nzuza (Secretary general), Thandi Moraka (deputy Secretary General) and Reggie Nkaninde (treasurer general). Like the ANC Women’s League, which also enjoyed the Premier League’s support, the new youth league leadership is expected to push for a woman candidate to be elected as ANC president when the party holds its election in 2017.

The names of the women candidates for the ANC president position includes African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete.

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile has publicly declared his support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as president Jacob Zuma’s successor.

South Africa – Ramaphosa calls on ANCYL to choose leader worthy of Madiba

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has implored the ANC Youth League to think long and hard about the type of people that should lead the league.

In a firm but diplomatic address to the league’s congress in Midrand on Friday, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa raised the pertinent question of the calibre of leaders the league would elect later that day.

“As you ponder on who leads the ANC Youth League … cast your eyes back and remember the calibre of those leaders who preceded the leaders that you are going to have the opportunity to elect,” he said.

Ramaphosa raised the name of the founding leaders of the league like Anton Lembede and Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu in appealing to the conscience of delegates.

“The leaders that you are going to choose today or tomorrow should be the type of leaders who if you put up a mirror and say, do they measure up to the Nelson Mandela’s to the Walter Sisulu’s,” he said.

At least six provinces have officially nominated North West MEC Collen Maine as the presidential hopeful while the Western Cape has nominated ANC North West NEC member Pule Mabe.

Gauteng by Friday afternoon was split between Lesego Makhubela and Mabe.

“You are therefore called upon to choose wisely as you ponder the issue of choosing your leaders,” Ramaphosa said.

Those opposing Maine have accused him of being imposed on the league by the so-called premier league which is made up of three ANC chairpersons who are premiers Ace Magashule of Free State, Supra Mahumapelo of North West and David Mabuza of Mpumalanga.

In delivering his political overview to the congress the convenor of the task team formed to rebuild the league, Fikile Mbalula seemingly lashed out at the “premier league”.

“There is no premier league that is bigger than the ANC,” he told delegates.

Later, when pressed for clarity by journalists, Mbalula appeared to backtrack, saying that ANC members having interests in the league was not a new matter saying it was up to the youth to decide who should lead them.

Both Ramaphosa and Mbalula further drew exception to youth league members who take the organisation to court.

“We cannot allow the ANC to be controlled and run by the court,” Ramaphosa said adding this tendency cannot be allowed to continue.

On Thursday, a group of disgruntled ANCYL members from the North West failed in their bid to have the congress interdicted.

They claimed that some members were purposely excluded from the list of delegates to the congress.

“Those who rush to court clearly do not love the ANC,” Ramaphosa said.

The deputy president seemed to have appeased most of the delegates to the congress when he denounced the practice of “vote buying” where money is used to manipulate processes of the ANC.

“This is not a youth league which is on sale,” he said.

“There is a tendency that is creeping in where money is being used to buy young people … it must come to an end. It must be obliterated,” Ramaphosa said.

Later, Mbalula interestingly raised the issue of an attempt to un-ban open lobbying for positions within the ANC.

This has traditionally been frowned on in the party.

“We want to un-ban lobbying in the ANC”, Mbalula said.

Mbalula and Ramaphosa both called on the 2 700 delegates to defend the ruling party.

Ramaphosa said the youth must come out in defence of the ANC and President Jacob Zuma.

“It (the youth) must engage with those who insult, hate and degrade the name of the president,” he said.


South Africa –

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The ANCYL has elected new leaders in Limpopo, the first time new officials have been chosen since the league was disbanded in 2013.

The ANC youth league in Limpopo has elected new leadership, the first time since it was disbanded by the mother body in 2013. (Gallo)

The ANC Youth League in Limpopo elected its new leadership at its elective conference held outside Tzaneen at the weekend.

The leaders were elected in the early hours of Monday morning after the congress was initially delayed by branches that were unhappy with the way delegates were elected to attend.

It has been almost two years since the youth league had elected officials following the disbanding of its national and provincial leaders in 2013 by the mother body. Task teams had been put in place to rebuild the league’s structures.

Those elected in Limpopo on Monday were:

  • Chairperson: Vincent Shoba;
  • Deputy chairperson: Thandi Moraka;
  • Secretary: David Che Selane;
  • Deputy secretary: Jimmy Machaka; and
  • Treasurer: Miyelani Chauke

‘Highly contested’
Mosa Chabane, the outgoing provincial task team co-ordinator, wished the new leadership well.

“This congress was highly contested, but delegates expressed the spirit of collegiality and were in unison that the youth league would continue to be central to society.”

On Sunday, the task team said the congress was going ahead despite members having interdicted four branches from attending the organisation’s provincial congress.

The interdict was served on four branches from Sekhukhune by members unhappy with how delegates were elected to attend the congress, the task team’s spokesperson, Onicca Moloi, said at the time.

The four branches had been removed from the congress and the ANC’s legal team was dealing with the matter.

The congress was meant to start on Friday but was moved to Saturday.

The national youth league has yet to hold its national elective congress.

Last year, it scheduled an elective conference but at the last minute changed it to a consultative conference, sparking outrage from some delegates.

The youth league’s national task team was disbanded at the end of the conference and provincial leaders were meant to help prepare for the elective conference.

The national elective conference is expected to be held in June. –  News24


South Africa – who will succeed Malema at head of ANC Youth League

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ANC Youth League: Meet the lions vying to restore their pride

19 Aug 2014 00:00 Verashni Pillay

Who will replace Julius Malema? Meet the league’s three presidential hopefuls – but don’t be surprised if it isn’t the fresh blood hoped for.

All the contenders for the leadership of the newly constituted ANC Youth League are either previous leaders of the league or the national task team. (Gallo)

Nominations have yet to officially open for national leadership positions for the newly constituted ANC Youth League, but already three clear contenders have emerged.

And while those who have rebuilt the league were hoping to do away with the old leaders and bring in fresh blood, it seems it is set to be more of the same. All the contenders are either previous leaders of the league or the national task team.

Last year the Mail & Guardian reported that the task team was hoping to usher in new blood. “Some of us need to give way for younger generations,” said the task team’s spokesperson, Bandile Masuku. “The older generation like us somehow hamper innovation and dynamism. They hamper progress in a way that we tend to be very conservative.”

Despite an  arduous rebuilding process that involved dissolving practically all structures of the league and holding fresh structures across the board, it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Meet the top three contenders for the position of the youth league’s president when the league holds its elections in September this year.

Magasela Mzobe
Mzobe is second in command as co-ordinator of the task team, which was put in place by the ANC in April 2013 to reconstitute the damaged organisation following former president Julius Malema’s term in office.

The names of those on the task team were announced in a press conference in April 2013, which took even some of the members of the team by surprise. Largely untested within the league’s senior leadership structures, the team is made up of low-profile youth league members, albeit ones who have proven themselves in other spheres and structures.

This has not come without challenges, as the task team has had to battle perceptions that they were alternately out of their depth or power-hungry.

Mzobe has borne the brunt of these criticisms since he reportedly put himself forward as a would-be contender for the league’s presidency. Sources in fellow hopeful Pule Mabe’s camp believe that Mzobe has little experience in league branches and a poor track record within his own branch’s activities.

There are also concerns that his role within the task team, which is overseeing the regional and provincial elections running up to the national election, has a disproportionate amount of influence over who will vote in the youth league’s president come September.

But Mzobe’s camp has hit back, pointing out that the ANC runs elections and audits and that it would be very difficult for him to control the process. And if the league needs new blood, Mzobe’s experience outside the organisation makes him fresher than the other contenders, who have all held senior positions in the league previously and were present during the worst of the rot that had to be cleaned out of the organisation.

Originally from Newcastle, Mzobe studied politics, philosophy and public administration at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he obtained a BA in 2006, he told the M&G. He was elected president of the university’s student representative council in 2005.

Mzobe (33) previously served as the secretary general of South African Student Congress (Sasco) around 2008. He went on to work in the office of the mayor in Newcastle and for the KwaZulu-Natal health department, as a manager in their youth affairs department.

Being from KwaZulu-Natal may prove to be a disadvantage, as there are those in the larger mother party who are opposed to the idea of all senior leaders in the party coming from the increasingly influential province. The next ANC president is expected to come from the province, and possibly the next women’s league president too.

Mzobe’s slate proposes another task team member of the league and former Sasco leader, Mawethu Rune, as secretary general.

Pule Mabe
Mabe was the former treasurer general of the youth league during Malema’s time, but managed to turn his political fortunes around by disassociating himself from Malema when he fell out of grace with the ANC, and actively backing Jacob Zuma to return as ANC president at the party’s conference in Mangaung in December 2012.

It partly landed him a coveted position on the ANC’s top decision-making body, the national executive body. He is the youngest member of the ruling party’s national executive committee, and at age 34 this year, just makes the 35 cut-off for the youth league. Thanks to this status and his previous experience, Mabe wields significant political clout and has won the loyalty of key provinces such as Gauteng.

As a former M&G journalist and former government communicator, Mabe has been roped into the ANC communications subcommittee. He is a very savvy politician-cum-businessperson, and owns the publishing company KG Media, which is responsible for a host of transport-related media and activities, including a monthly newspaper, TV programme and training institute.

Mabe’s previous leadership roles included serving as deputy president of the students’ representative council at Technikon Northern Gauteng – now the Tshwane University of Technology – between 1998 and 1999. He also served as a Gauteng youth commissioner between 2003 and 2009.

He is not without controversy of his own, having served in the league when it ran up millions of rands’ worth of debt that went unpaid. The league faced possible insolvency after the national task team took over its affairs, when various creditors came calling for debts incurred during Malema and Mabe’s term in office. The mother party bailed the league out.

Mabe and Mzobe have emerged as the two strongest candidates, despite the fact that Mabe is facing criminal charges.

He was arrested in November last year in connection with illegally soliciting funds from the South African Social Security Agency.

Mabe has previously told the M&G that he is willing to face any court to prove his innocence. He is, however, unable to comment on the allegations facing him as the matter is currently sub judice. “We will clarify ourselves at the right time and on the right platform,” he said.

Ronald Lamola
Lamola was Malema’s former deputy and touted to win as president when the latter was expelled. He has run a surprisingly public campaign, granting interviews about his ambitions to win the league presidency, which has earned him the derision of his competitors.

A lawyer by profession, Lamola grew up on a farm in Mpumalanga as the son of a farmworker. He joined the youth league in 1996 at the age of 14. In 2004, after being enrolled as a student at the University of Venda, he was elected president of the student representative council and later became provincial chairperson of Sasco in Limpopo. He served in the Young Communist League as secretary of the Gert Sibande region between 2008 and 2009, before joining the youth league’s provincial executive committee.

Since the league was disbanded, Lamola has channelled his energies into running his own law firm.

Youth league members say Lamola is just as determined as Malema when it comes to controversial policies such as land expropriation without compensation and the nationalisation of mines. In some cases, Lamola is regarded as being more vociferous than Malema and will offer added impetus to the league’s “economic freedom in our lifetime” programme.

It is not clear how successful Lamola’s campaign will be, given that his own province, Mpumalanga, has allegedly come out in support of Mabe, allegedly at premier David Mabuza’s behest. Lamola’s camp hopes that delegates from the province will still vote for Lamola under cover of their secret vote at the national conference.

Lamola’s camp has blamed their lack of progress so far on a lack of money, which they say Mabe has in plenty, or the power that Mzobe is said to hold over processes. But they believe his presence has been noted.