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South Africa – Captura Continua: Will the Guptas determine the ANC succession race?

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    • Ranjeni Munusamy
      ranjeni munusami BW



Three weeks after the Guptas’ private email correspondence began cascading into the public domain, revealing the depth of the capture of the South African state, we are yet to see outrage and a fightback from the ANC. The party elected to govern by South African people, but now essentially cuckolded by the Guptas, has shown it is powerless against the family. The Guptas appear to be still pushing buttons behind the scenes and their main focus is to ensure that they stack the deck at the ANC’s 54th national conference, mostly to secure their new Number One. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY. 20

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has publicly accepted nomination for the position of ANC president, making her the first woman in the history of the 105-year-old organisation to contest the top leadership post. But far from this being a notable moment in history, it is the occasion for despair. Dlamini-Zuma has, without reservation, consented to becoming top of the ticket sponsored by the Gupta family. 31

Up to this point, one could still give Dlamini-Zuma the benefit of the doubt that she was simply riding the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) wave and would distinguish herself from the Gupta herd. But last week the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) announced its leadership slate, the first ANC structure to do so formally. 27

“Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the president of the ANC, comrade David Mabuza as the deputy president of the ANC, Comrade Ace Magashule as the secretary general of the ANC, Comrade Nathi Mthethwa as the national chair of the ANC, DSG for monitoring and evaluation Comrade Jessie Duarte, DSG for organising and campaigns Comrade Fikile Mbalula and the treasurer general Comrade Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,” ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza announced at a media briefing following their national executive committee meeting. 29

The ANCWL’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma and declaration that it wanted more women in the top leadership of the party at least had the veneer of punting the gender ticket. There was no such effort by the ANCYL. Mbalula, a former ANCYL president, was nominated for a position that does not even exist constitutionally in the ANC. Besides, Mbalula is now 46 years old and can hardly qualify as a “youthful” candidate in the leadership race. The second youngest person on the ANCYL slate is Mthethwa, who at 50 years old is hardly a spring chicken himself. 24

So what is the Youth League up to? And why is Dlamini-Zuma such a willing participant in this agenda? 7

In January ANCYL president Collen Maine indicated that their choice of presidential candidate would send “shockwaves” throughout the ruling party. 12

“These candidates who have been mentioned are part of the system. They have been part of the system we want to change. We need bold leadership. We need a second revolution that will cause ruptures in the economy,” Maine told Reuters back then. 36

Either Maine overestimated the impact of their endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma or their hand was forced to change the “shockwave” candidate they had in mind. There was also talk a few months ago that the ANCYL slate would include Malusi Gigaba, now the finance minister, and Mbalula, for top posts. Clearly that did not materialise. 19

The #GuptaLeaks exposed that Maine was being scripted by the family’s PR firm Bell Pottinger to further their manufactured white monopoly capital narrative. 29

So what else are Maine and his organisation doing on behalf of the Guptas? 19

Since the release of their emails, there have been no public moves by the Guptas. They have gone to ground and not responded publicly to any of the revelations against them. Clearly the family does not believe their ecosystem has been significantly disturbed by the revelations or the reaction to them. 25

While Gigaba and his public enterprises counterpart Lynne Brown are floundering to keep their heads above water, the people who should be most affected by the leak of the tranche of emails are manoeuvring from their place of seclusion. They are doing what they do best – arranging the political playing field to protect themselves and advance the interests of their business empire. 37

There are two positions in the ANC leadership that the Guptas need in particular to keep their project on track: president and secretary general. The ANCYL slate stitches that up for them. 21

President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane have been worthwhile investments for the family – both performing as lead marionettes in the Gupta extravaganza. But when Zuma ceases to be ANC president, his power diminishes and he would become a lame duck in the state. Duduzane will then be expendable – unless he is able to act as middleman to the successor as well. 19

Enter Dlamini-Zuma, his stepmother and willing advocate of the “radical economic transformation” narrative that Duduzane and Bell Pottinger conjured up. 26

There have been many moments in the chaos of this year when the former African Union Commission chairperson could have distanced herself from the chaos of the Zuma presidency. If hers was to be a clean, capture-free presidency, the most obvious move would have been to put fresh air between herself from Zuma’s disastrous midnight Cabinet reshuffle. After all, as a potential president, Dlamini-Zuma would inherit the consequences of that suicidal move – a downgraded and junked economy. Surely it would make sense to separate herself from that mess. 32

It would also have been logical for Dlamini-Zuma to distance herself from the stench of the Gupta emails, especially considering they had nothing to do with her. The campaign of her main competitor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been significantly strengthened by him speaking out against state capture and repeatedly calling for a judicial commission of inquiry into the mounting allegations. Ramaphosa’s campaign has morphed into an anti-corruption ticket basically by him stating the obvious: a full-scale, credible investigation is required. 30

But Dlamini-Zuma is doing no such thing. She is not making any effort to separate herself from the capture contagion. Clearly it serves her agenda. 41

The secretary general position is essential to control the functioning of the ANC. While the Guptas might not have captured Gwede Mantashe, his erraticism and volatility did not do much to protect the ANC from their influence. But the Guptas did have a handy insider in the office of the ANC secretary general in the form of Mantashe’s deputy, Jessie Duarte. She is entangled in their network and also exposed as talking to their script. 32

The Guptas are now looking to seize control of the office of the secretary general entirely. Free State Premier Ace Magashule is the candidate who will deliver the ANC in its entirety to the family. 34

Magashule has already been a handy asset for the Guptas, delivering massive provincial deals and feeding their media entities through the provincial coffers. His sons, Tshepiso and Thato, were exposed in the emails as having been ensnared in the Gupta network for some time. Magashule clearly has ambitions and a higher calling now. 33

Opposition to his candidacy came from a surprise source in the past few days. Mbalula indulged in a spontaneous Twitter blast in which he recommended Gauteng Premier David Makhura for the position of secretary general. 25

“Ace Magashule a definite no no no the man will finish what is remaining of our movement he will kill it inffect #Thinkingaloudbeyond,” Mbalula tweeted. This was followed by: “Ancyl let’s rally behind David Makhura as a replacement to Gweede Mantashe #ThinkingBeyondFactions”. 12

Mbalula reaffirmed his sentiments to the Sunday Times, saying he had nothing against Magashule personally but believed the secretary general position was essential to the ANC’s survival. 16

“The office of the SG comes with a lot of integrity. It must not take sides and annihilate people and run comrades to the ground,” said Mbalula. Clearly the police minister does not think too highly of the candidate nominated by the ANCYL. But Mbalula’s tweets do open the debate beyond the Gupta-endorsed slate and the faction rallying behind Ramaphosa. 12

This weekend, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile threw his weight behind Ramaphosa, saying he could protect the country from all forms of capture. He told the ANC’s West Rand regional general council that the ANC did not need cowards who would put the country up for sale. He also dispelled the debate over a woman president, saying the ANC needed a capable leader of whichever gender. 28

While Mashatile’s endorsement is indicative that Gauteng is likely to rally behind Ramaphosa, the province might be disorientated if there are more calls for Makhura to be deployed as a consensus candidate for secretary general. Gauteng is resolved that Mashatile should occupy one of the top six posts and has been negotiating with other provinces in this regard. 13

But all the debates and negotiations around succession might come to nothing if the ANC remains powerless to the interference of the Guptas in its processes. The infusion of dirty money to influence the votes of branch delegates has been a successful lobbying tactic in the past and will no doubt be used again. The Guptas have sufficient resources to splurge on this project, particularly as they have a massive vested interest in the outcome of the leadership elections. 28

Buying off a president has turned out to be a boon for the Guptas. Even though the state capture edifice is cracking, the Guptas know that capturing the top leadership of the ANC in December will allow them to regain their foothold and have unrestricted access to the state machinery and resources. 31

There is nothing to indicate that the ANC has the ability or willingness to stop them. The party has six months to fight off the biggest demon since apartheid – or be conquered by it. DM

  • Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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South Africa – ANC Youth League disrupts Gordhan speech at Kathrada memorial meeting

New thug movement in the making, like Malawi’s Young Pioneers or ZANU-PF youth gangs. Zuma and his acolytes in the YL can wheel them out to disrupt and intimidate as opposition to the kleptocrat in chief grows inside and outside the ANC.KS


Kaveel Singh, News24



AS IT HAPPENED: KZN ANCYL disrupts Kathrada memorial


Kaveel Singh, News24

AS IT HAPPENED: KZN ANCYL disrupts Kathrada memori

Durban – The ANC Youth League disrupted former finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s speech at the memorial of struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada in Durban on Sunday.

Tussles broke out between police and ANCYL members who interjected as Gordhan was speaking, cutting him off completely.

This in spite of a court interdict issued by the Durban High Court on Saturday.

The ANCYL was interdicted from assaulting, intimidating or harassing anyone attending the memorial.

They were, however, allowed to attend the event.

Durban High Court Judge, Rashid Vahed, ruled that the interdict included ANCYL members “removing or threatening to remove any of the speakers” either before, during or after they have spoken.

Vahed also ordered that the league communicate to its members – via media and social media – the undertaking its KwaZulu-Natal leadership gave not to disrupt the event in any way.

Judge Vahed recorded that representatives of the league were present in court when the order was made.

The organisers of the event, The Active Citizens Group, brought the urgent application, seeking an interdict to bar the ANCYL from the event, saying they feared for the safety of keynote speaker axed finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

South Africa – ANCYL wants 60% black ownership for firms taking on state contracts


Cape Town – It must be compulsory for any company doing business with government and state-owned entities (SOEs) to have 60% black ownership, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has urged.

The ANCYL encouraged National Assembly to effect this call.

“We call on our National Assembly to make it law across all departments that for people to trade with the state and SOEs, the company must have 60%… black ownership,” spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said in a statement on Friday.

The youth body was responding to a spat between Eskom and Exxaro [JSE:EXX] after the miner announced plans to transform itself from a black-owned company to a black-empowered one.

It also came after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) backed the power utility in its concern over the coal miner’s new ownership structure.

“We encourage Eskom to instruct Exxaro and all its other suppliers to have 51% black ownership through workers’ ownership schemes, and must never retreat on the demand that Exxaro must be empowered at minimum of 51%,” spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement on Thursday.

“This should be so because in anyway, the mines which Exxaro mines coal from are assets that are largely owned by Eskom.”

Exxaro raised the ire of Eskom acting CEO Matshela Koko after shareholders approved a transaction that will result in its black ownership declining from 50% to 30%.

Koko shared his thoughts on Exxaro’s move in a couple of tweets.

“Radical economic transformation is dealt a heavy blow by Exxaro,” he said in one tweet. “Indeed black management control is necessarily progressive.”

Eskom’s coal procurement policy requires all the mines that supply coal to its power stations to have a black ownership target of more than 50% throughout the life of the mine.

Eskom’s policy of sourcing coal from majority black-owned suppliers is a thorn in the side of many of the company’s main coal suppliers, Koko said in a December statement.

“The ANCYL wants to encourage Eskom to continue with this progressive demand which is intended to transform our economy particularly and ensure the participation of black people in the mainstream economy,” said the ANCYL.

“We further call on state-owned enterprises and government departments to take the same stance by adopting a similar policy like Eskom.”

However, the youth body went on to say Eskom should demand nothing below a 60/40 ownership, including a stake for the youth.

“The ANCYL further wishes to request Eskom that this demand should be extended to all service providers who are giving services to Eskom, as they continue to explore ways of ending outsourcing and over reliance on service providers.”

Eskom must terminate the services of Exxaro if the company refuses to honour this request, it said.

The youth league added that “arrogance from private capital” validates their view of “nationalising mines and other strategic sectors of the economy” in order to benefit all South Africans.

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South Africa – ANC Youth League call for mine nationalisation

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ANC Youth League nationalisation call could plunge mining into a deep pit

New ANC Youth League president Collen Maine is expected to discuss his resignation as North West health MEC at Luthuli House on Monday. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

New ANC Youth League president Collen Maine is expected to discuss his resignation as North West health MEC at Luthuli House on Monday. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

SA is once again flirting with mine nationalisation. The ANC Youth League has come back to this demand, while former Congress of South African Trade Unions president Zwelinzima Vavi thinks this intervention would meet activist demands for free university education.

The ANC Youth League pushed strongly for mine nationalisation when Julius Malema was its president. However, the ANC policy conference in June 2012 decided against it, partly because compensation payments could amount to an unaffordable R1-trillion under SA’s bilateral investment treaties with the UK and 12 European countries.

But the treaties have since all been terminated, and the league is again pressing for mine nationalisation. In September, it said there had long been “strategic need for the nationalisation of mines”. It also demanded to know when a 2016 bill establishing a state mining company would be enacted, adding: “As soon as it is operational, [this company] must take up ownership and control of [the] greater mines in the country.”

The league also wants the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002 amended so that all new mining rights are issued “with the condition that the state mining company will own 51% as custodian for the people of SA”.

The league’s demands tend to be dismissed as political rhetoric. They are nevertheless consistent with various policy shifts since 2012. Among other things, the government has:

• Terminated its UK and European treaties, putting an end to treaty provisions that barred nationalisation and expropriation without “prompt, adequate and effective compensation”;

• Adopted the Protection of Investment Act of 2015 (still to be made operative), which was supposed to “codify” the standard provisions in these treaties, but instead provides no meaningful protection for investors;

• Adopted the Expropriation Bill of 2015 (still to be signed into law), which limits the compensation payable on the expropriation of mining rights and other assets to amounts below market value;

• Included a definition of “expropriation” in this bill that could bar the payment of any compensation if the states takes “custodianship”, rather than ownership, of mining rights and mining land; and

• Put forward a 2016 bill aimed at establishing the state mining company, the African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation, as a separate legal entity with new powers.

Under this last bill, the objects of the state mining company will be to “give effect to state participation” and “drive the nation’s developmental imperatives through mining”. The company will seek new mining rights from the Department of Mineral Resources, but will also “acquire shares or other interests” in companies already engaged in mining.

Hulme Scholes, an attorney specialising in mining law, has warned that the state mining company could usher in a form of nationalisation more subtle than outright seizure. In time, says Scholes, “there could be legislation requiring the forced sale of shares … by every private mining company… to the state mining company”.

These sales could be triggered by failures to comply with the mining charter’s black economic empowerment (BEE) obligations. These requirements are being ratcheted up and are so ambitious that the industry has in effect been “set up for failure”, says Scholes.

The initial mining charter, adopted in 2002 and brought into force in 2004, required mining companies to transfer 26% of their equity or assets to BEE partners by 2014. Deals were to be done at “fair market value” and “the continuing consequences of all previous deals” had to be taken into account.

In 2010, however, the mining charter was revised substantially. BEE deals now had to include employee and community stakes, even though most transactions lacked this beneficiary mix. The “continuing consequences” principle was also limited to deals done before 2002.

Despite the industry’s objections, the department has already used these revised rules, applied retrospectively, to claim that only 20% of mining companies had met their BEE ownership requirements by December 2014. Those in breach of their charter obligations could have their mining rights cancelled, the department warned.

Now the government is stepping up the ownership target even further under the “reviewed” draft mining charter it unveiled in April 2016 and plans to finalise in October. Under this draft, mining companies must have 26% BEE ownership for every mining right. They must also keep BEE ownership at this level for up to 30 years, even if empowerment partners sell out.

Having to do ever more ownership deals in this way will be enormously costly. It will damage confidence, inhibit mine development, and dilute the shareholdings of existing investors. In addition, if the MPRDA amendment bill of 2013 is enacted in its current form, it will automatically bring into operation a 2009 code of good practice (not yet in force) that in effect requires all BEE deals in mining to be debt-free within two years.

This bill could also be enacted in the near future, as the portfolio committee on mineral resources recently rejected President Jacob Zuma’s concerns about its unconstitutionality. This could leave the president with little choice but to sign it into law.

Under the draft mining charter any failure to maintain 100% score on the ownership element will be punishable by the cancellation of the relevant mining rights. Alternatively, mining companies could be compelled to transfer such rights to the state mining company, as the 2016 bill seems to envisage.

As far back as 2012, the National Development Plan (NDP), still supposedly the government’s over-arching policy blueprint, called for major reforms to the MPRDA to take it into line with international best practice. Thus far, however, every shift in mining policy has taken SA in the opposite direction.

If the government were willing to reform its mining law as the NDP advises, it need look no further than its Botswana neighbour, which one mining investor has described as the “jurisdiction other African countries should strive to copy”. Botswana has never threatened mine nationalisation. Its rules on the granting and cancellation of mining rights are reasonable, certain and stable. It does not insist on onerous BEE or socioeconomic obligations, instead recognising that mining investment in itself brings major economic benefits.

If SA is to make the most of its mineral wealth, it should reject mine nationalisation, follow the NDP’s advice and make its mining law — like the Mines and Minerals Act in Botswana — “predictable, competitive and stable”.

Dr Jeffery is head of policy research at the Institute of Race Relations, She is author of “Back to the drawing board on mining law”, a policy paper published by the IRR this week

South Africa – ANN7 journalists fired for refusing to go to ANCYL meeting

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Journalists have a right to appeal – SA editors forum on ANN7 dismissals

ANN7’s dismissal of eight staff members who allegedly refused to attend a company meeting where ANC Youth League President Collen Maine was speaking has been heavily criticised. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)
ANN7’s dismissal of eight staff members who allegedly refused to attend a company meeting where ANC Youth League President Collen Maine was speaking has been heavily criticised. (Delwyn Verasamy/M&G)

Sanef has criticised ANN7’s conduct after eight ANN7 staffers were fired on Friday and escorted off the premises immediately.

The SA National Editors Forum (Sanef) on Monday criticised ANN7’s dismissal of eight staff members who allegedly refused to attend a company meeting where ANCYL leader Collen Maine was due to speak.

According to an anonymous email News24 received last week, eight ANN7 staffers were fired on Friday and escorted off the premises immediately.

The journalists were found guilty of “bringing the company into disrepute” for voicing their anger at Maine’s visit to the premises on April 20. The visit was at the invitation of online manager Puti Mosomane, according to the email’s author.

Sanef said it was concerned by the disciplinary measures taken against ANN7 journalists, saying they had a right to appeal.

“Sanef notes with concern the dismissal of eight staff members by ANN7 on Friday for exercising their duty of independence as enshrined in the South African press code,” it said in a statement.

“A further 12 staff received final written warnings, while 11 received warnings.

“The staff were in different instances charged with intimidation and insubordination. One staff member faced a charge for calling into a radio station to protest the Maine meeting on air.

“Sanef believes the staff members all have a right to appeal.”

Corporate, political battles ‘inappropriate’
The staff members had objected to being named as parties in a company letter to four banks that had revoked banking services to the television station’s owners, Oakbay Holdings.

According to Sanef, staff reportedly felt it was “inappropriate” to be caught up in the company’s corporate and political battles.

Sanef said it had been a tough week for journalists.

“The SABC suspended three senior journalists who objected to a decision not to cover a protest against censorship, while there were seven incidents of violence and intimidation against journalists recorded in this week’s Tshwane protests.”

Sanef would ask for a meeting with ANN7 editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams to discuss the matter. – News24

South Africa – the Premier League and fractional “slate” politics in the ANC Youth League

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President Jacob Zuma’s appeal to ANC Youth League delegates on Saturday to do away with factional tendencies appears to have fallen on deaf ears.

Barely a few hours after Zuma delivered his address to the 2 700 delegates attending the league’s national conference in Midrand, a dominant group aligned to the so-called Premier League distributed a list of candidates containing names of candidates who needed to be elected to the league’s national executive committee.

Out of the thirty-five names on the list, eight were from KwaZulu-Natal and five each from Mpumalanga, Free State, and Limpopo. North West had four names. Whenever a name on the list was raised from the floor, youth league delegates belonging to the dominant faction were encouraged to raise their hands in support and gave cold shoulders to any proposed candidate not on the preferred list.

Observers for the nomination process for elections included senior ANC leaders such as Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, former spy boss and ANC NEC member Billy Masetlha and deputy Rural Development Minister Mcebisi Skwasha.

Slates politics were made fashionable prior to the ANC elective conference in Polokwane in 2007, where Zuma defeated former president Thabo Mbeki to become the new ANC leader. Since then, slates have been the order of the day in almost all ANC elections from branch, regional, provincial and national levels.

Zuma was at pains on Saturday, trying to convince youth league delegates attending the national conference to do away with factions within the party. “We need to be clear about wrong tendencies. We need to be clear about negative tendencies. We can’t ourselves undermine our own organisation. You must work hard to eliminate factionalism. That animal must be killed … it is dangerous. You join the ANC as members of the party, not as members of another member,” Zuma said.

Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has repeatedly warned ANC members against the tendency of slates. “The emergence of slates within our organisational culture and the processes, represent the worst form of corruption of spirit, character and vision of the organisation. Stealing away the voice of members through slates, buying of votes and treating ordinary members as voting fodder, serves no other purpose, than to corrupt the organisation,” said Motlanthe in one of his speeches delivered to ANC members.

The newly elected leaders of the youth league are linked to senior ANC leaders – North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Free State Premier Ace Magashule and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. The trio are referred to as the Premier League and are leading an influential group that is pushing for a woman candidate to replace Zuma as president during the ANC national conference in 2017.

Until recently, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was seen as Zuma’s automatic successor because of the long held ANC tradition that a deputy president takes over when the term of the president comes to an end. Newly elected ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini, who enjoys the Premier League’s support, has already declared her support for a female candidate to lead the ANC. The new ANCYL, under Collen Maine’s leadership, is also expected to throw its support behind a female candidate for the position of ANC president.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa was not available for comment.

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.