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City Press

2017-06-11 06:05

Collen Maine

Collen Maine


Bitterly divided ANC Youth League groupings battled it out over who should succeed President Jacob Zuma as party leader during a sitting of its national executive committee (NEC) this weekend.

The candidates forwarded are Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.

Initially, there was consensus among the league’s officials that the young lions would throw their weight behind Dlamini-Zuma, who allegedly enjoys the support of the president, but that appears no longer to be the case.

Earlier this year, youth league president Collen Maine told the international media that the candidates being tipped for the top job – Dlamini-Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa – “have been part of the system” that the youth league wanted to change.

He said the country would be “shocked” by the candidate they would endorse.

City Press understands that a group that includes Maine and the league’s deputy president, Desmond Moela, will push for Mabuza during this weekend’s NEC sitting.

All indications are that secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza and treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde are still firmly behind Dlamini-Zuma.

However, some within the youth league have warned that support for Mabuza could indirectly be support for Ramaphosa.

This grouping says that Mabuza has been in talks with Ramaphosa’s lobbyists to see if he could be accommodated on that slate.

The final decision on who will ultimately get the youth league’s endorsement is expected to be made by today.

South Africa’s next president should be a woman

The NEC meeting started at Saint George Hotel in Pretoria yesterday, with day one having been an extended sitting to which regional chairpersons and secretaries had been invited.

Tensions between the officials of the youth league are nothing new, with a cold war of sorts having started shortly after the election of these officials in 2015.

It is understood that the appointment of Sifiso Mtsweni as chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) had added more fuel to the fire.

His appointment is seen as a victory for the Nzuza camp after the Maine camp failed to secure the position for Moela, who withdrew at the eleventh hour.

The withdrawal came despite the dumbing down of academic requirements for the position, which was supposed to pave the way for Moela, who did not possesses the initially required qualifications.

Sources say that the Maine grouping preferred Ndumiso Mokako as chairperson of NYDA following Moela’s withdrawal, with Joy Maimela as his deputy. Neither of them got the posts.

“The fight in recent months has been [about] the appointment of Mtsweni to the NYDA board.

“Also remember that Moela was promised a position if he backed down. There was talk of an MEC position, but nothing has come from that,” an insider said.

This week, some youth league NEC members said they would fight tooth and nail to ensure that Dlamini-Zuma came out on top at the end of this weekend’s meeting.

“There [are] some who want [Mabuza]. Those who are buying into it have been [met with] hostility and the mood will be the same at the NEC.

“Remember, there was a time when Collen and them tried to get rid of Nzuza and Reggie. They … could try to impose Mabuza, but they won’t succeed,” one member told City Press.

Despite these claims, Maine told City Press this week that he maintained his position that South Africa’s next president should be a woman.

The youth league is a voting structure of the ANC. Although its delegation is not sizable at the conference itself, it can provide a crucial platform for its preferred candidate in the run-up to the conference.

Other names expected to come up to fill the other five positions of the ANC’s top six include Fikile Mbalula, Nathi Mthethwa, Ace Magashule and Jessie Duarte.

The youth league has for some time been advocating for an additional deputy secretary-general to be added to the officials’ numbers.

Nzuza this week told City Press that the league would take that cause to the ANC’s policy conference at the end of this month.

He admitted that it would be a tough battle given that they would need two thirds of the conference to side with them.

They also want the policy conference to endorse free education and implement it.

Other demands include the explosive matter of land expropriation without compensation through the amendment of the Constitution and the scrapping of experience as a requirement for entry-level jobs.

South Africa – ANC youth league denounces members who voiced support for Lungisa


2017-03-24 18:15

In the latest twist in the

ANC youth league denounces members who voiced support for Lungisa

In the latest twist in the Nelson Mandela Bay leadership saga over stubborn “chairperson” Andile Lungisa, members of Ward 28 have said the ANC Youth League regional task team who openly stated their support for Lungisa do not represent them.

Represented by Zolani Mdolomba, in his capacity as branch secretary for Ward 28, they denounced the regional task team, and said they were not a legitimate structure.

“It is unfortunate that a comment was made by Cde [Luyolo] Nqakula in respect of the Andile Lungisa issue, claiming to be the convener of the regional task team of the youth league,” said Mdolomba.

“As a legitimate youth league branch in Ward 28, we reject and disown their statements under the name of the ANC youth league,” he said.

Nqakula defended his position, and said that the league’s regional task team in the Nelson Mandela Metro was appointed on February 24.

“We have however, found ourselves in foreign terrain, in the sense that there is an unfortunate memo which was sent out to the structures of the ANC across the province, communicating a decision of the provincial executive committee not to recognise the provincial task team, as appointed by the national executive committee of the youth league,” said Nqakula.

What this decision translates to, is the illegitimacy of the regional task team structures across the Eastern Cape Province.

Citing an appeal process they lodged with national officials of the ANC, which defends their recognition, Nqakula said: “We view the appeal process and subsequently the memorandum sent out to structures as means that seek to sequestrate the autonomy of the ANC youth league,” he said.

The memo, which has been seen by the City Press, stipulates that any regional task team set up by the provincial task team of the youth league should not be recognised by the structures.

“It is within this context that we were chased out of an regional task team meeting of the ANC, prior to the regional conference, and subsequently denied the opportunity in participating in an organisational platform of critical substance.”

Nqakula said they were denied an opportunity to engage in the process of cross-pollination with branches of the ANC and contribute towards reshaping and rethinking the ANC in the metro.

“In light of these difficulties, we as the regional task team of the league have managed to convene a cadres forum which has provided us with the opportunity of not only to inculcate a culture of political education but to engage our constituency in the organisational renewal process and do away with gatekeeping and factionalism.”

He said they were visiting and engaging clusters in the region.

“The process of cluster visits will be concluded by this weekend.”

Mdolomba has his version of events which he called the “facts” on the status of the Nelson Mandela Region youth league.

He said the provincial executive committee of the ANC in the Eastern Cape made it very clear, that any structure elected by the provincial task team of the youth league must not be recognised.

“The so called regional task team led by Nqakula did not even take part in the regional conference due to its illegitimacy and only the expired youth league regional executive committee, represented by Xolani Mgxoteni and Siphiwo Tshaka, participated,” said Mdolomba.

“Even they were not delegated by the league branches to represent us in the conference, Mgxoteni and Tshaka delegated themselves and voted on our behalf illegitimately,” he said.

“Therefore, it cannot be correct for the so called regional task team to hijack the name of the league and misuse it for their own interests, which are unknown to the legitimate structures of the youth league in this metro.

“I therefore put it to you that they were speaking on their capacity as members, not as a legitimate structure,” he said.

“The appeal process is one of the avenues within the ANC constitution and its course should be allowed to unfold and if they feel that they have been aggrieved by the said memo and appeal, they also should consume the same avenues available to them as members. The ANC views are discussed and adopted at a conference as policy not by individuals using their own discretion.”

South Africa – ANC Youth league won’t reveal shock candidate to succeed Zuma

City Press

2017-01-26 06:03

The ANC Youth League will not be strong-armed into divulging the name of the “shock candidate” who they want to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

ANCYL secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza told the media at a press conference held in Pretoria yesterday that they would not be pressured into pronouncing on the succession debate ahead of the party’s 54th national conference in December this year.

“The names of preferred leaders for the ANC will only be made public at the party’s policy conference in June.

“We will not be pressured to release the names of candidates in a hurry because this is a long and strategic process, therefore the ANC Youth League believes that in such a critical year, which we have termed the 1948 moment of our generation, the ANC is prioritising principles of leadership over names of leaders,” Nzuza said.

Nzuza said the league would support leaders who would mainly prioritise the programme of radical economic transformation.

League president Collins Maine supported Nzuza’s statement.

“We will not be pressured to release the names of comrades who are likely to take over from the current president,” he said.

Asked where this pressure is coming from, Maine told reporters it was coming from the media.

“By constantly asking us to pronounce on the names of candidates, you are simply putting pressure on us,” he concluded.

Nzuza added that the league would support leaders who will advance land restitution and have a strong appetite to collapse white monopoly capital.

The young lions also accused Absa of criminality in the financial sector.

“It is evident that there has been criminality involving Bankorp, Absa and the Reserve Bank therefore this criminality must never go unpunished because it is what feeds white monopoly capital,” Nzuza said.

Nzuza made these remarks following the release of a draft report, which was published by the Mail & Guardian recently, in which which Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recommends that Absa pay back R2.25 billion to the Reserve Bank.

The report said it was because of an illegal and improper loan, donation or so-called lifeboat made to a now-defunct Bankorp, which Absa acquired in the early 1990s.

Economic issues were not the only highlights of the briefing. The issue of dehumanising homosexuals in the country was also brought to attention.

Nzuza shared a message of support to all those who are discriminated against.

This came after a visit to Ghanian Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, who believed that homosexuality was unnatural.

He said: “That’s nature. Dogs, cats, leopards. Which animal has one partner? It’s just like homosexuality, you don’t have male and male. You don’t find two male dogs, two male lions, two male impalas, two male lizards. You don’t find that in nature. That is unnatural. There is nothing like that in nature.”

Nzuza called on all South Africans to protect lesbians and gays.

“These are fellow human beings who must be treated with respect and dignity like all human beings and no one has the moral right to speak ill, about them, as it dehumanises them.”

“Let us all remember that only God has the right to judge,” Nzuza said.

South Africa – ANCYL wants government to stop using ABSA


2017-01-18 18:00

Absa. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)

Absa. (Duncan Alfreds, Fin24)


Cape Town – The ANC Youth League will intensify calls for the government to stop banking with Absa bank, it said on Wednesday.

“We will continue to take strong political action and radical campaigns to have the government withdraw its accounts from Absa, just as we pursue them to repay the money that they are holding onto,” league spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said in a statement.

It was reacting to the contents of a leaked draft document from the Public Protector’s office last week.

In 2012, then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela began investigating the government’s alleged failure to recover billions of rands the apartheid-era administration had borrowed to Bankorp. Absa acquired Bankorp in 1992.

Madonsela’s successor Busisiwe Mkhwebane took over the report. A draft version was leaked last week. It contained a recommendation that Absa repay R2.25bn to the fiscus. The bank said on Friday that this was regrettable.

READ: Public Protector lays criminal charges over leaked Absa report

Madonsela’s report followed an investigation by former British spy Michael Oatley in 1997. He probed claims that the Bankorp group of banks was offered a R1.5bn State bailout before the dawn of democracy. His findings became known as the Ciex report.

The ANCYL said it noted the seriousness of the revelations about alleged criminal conduct at financial institutions, including the role of ratings agency Moody’s, in causing the 2008 financial crisis.

“South Africans must no longer trust these institutions in determining the state of our economy and the political choices that we should make,” Mkhize said.

Their “immorality” should be rejected, he said. The money pumped into Absa during the dying days of apartheid was an example of the “systemic looting of public resources by white private capital”.

“The ANC Youth League calls for the release of the report that we believe was intentionally hidden. Government must speedily start a process to recoup all amounts of money that will emerge in that trail.”

The league said banks’ “racialised extortion” of the public needed further debating. Access to loans, housing bonds and car finance was based on a credit risk assessment model that ensured black youth paid the highest interest rates, Mkhize said.

South Africa – ANC distances itself from Youth League leader on war with EFF

Mail and Guardian

The ANC has distanced itself from comments made by ANC Youth League president Collen Maine who allegedly called for war with the EFF.

ANC Youth League president Collen Maine allegedly called for war with the EFF this week.

The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday said it was distancing itself from the utterances of Youth League president Collen Maine who allegedly called for a war with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

“The ANC calls upon all its members and supporters to refrain using language that is inflammatory and that could undermine our nation’s efforts of promoting and preserving political tolerance,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.

According to Kodwa, Maine said that the “EFF must be given war”. This is not the first time Maine has been accused of warmongering. His previous declaration of war had also followed statements by the EFF – who had themselves have been accused of war talk with incitements such as toppling the ANC government through the barrel of the gun and encouraging protesters to burn down ANC offices rather than schools.

“War-mongering talk is an antithesis to the type of society we envisage to build – regardless of who it comes from,” said Kodwa.

Kodwa added that the ANC, as well as all members of Parliament, carried the responsibility of restoring dignity and decorum to the House. This, he said, would include ensuring the environment was “characterised by political tolerance”. – African News Agency (ANA)

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

Mail and Guardian

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

Mail and Guardian

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.