ANCYL: Mantashe undermines party procedures

The African National Congress Youth League has challenged comments reportedly made by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe about the league’s disciplinary processes.

Mantashe reportedly questioned why an ANCYL disciplinary hearing had decided to expel former Limpopo chairperson Lehlogonolo Masoga from the organisation after Masoga had dropped a court interdict against youth league disciplinary action in order to allow the ANC to mediate.

The league secretary general Vuyiswa Tulelo told a press conference on Wednesday that she interprets Mantashe’s comments as favouring court battles over the ANC’s internal disciplinary procedures.

“When the secretary general of the ANC [Mantashe] says: ‘When someone withdraws a court case, you act harshly against him,’ it means he is saying, ‘undermine [internal] processes and go to court’,” Tulelo said.

“It’s a matter we will raise with the ANC at the national working committee (NWC) meeting on Monday next week,” she added.

On July 19, Masoga was found guilty of creating divisions in the ANCYL in connection with a disputed provincial elective conference held in Limpopo in April.

Masoga refused to accept the result of the conference, in which he was replaced by Frans Moswane, and the ANCYL consequently pressed for disciplinary charges against Masoga.

In June, Masoga applied for an interdict to stop the ANCYL from proceeding with disciplinary action against him.

But both Masoga and the ANCYL agreed to an ANC-brokered mediation on July 13, to be led by Mantashe.

As a pre-condition for the mediation, Masoga agreed to withdraw his interdict case while the ANCYL would halt its disciplinary hearing.

Two days later, however, the ANCYL reinstituted disciplinary charges and Masoga failed to secure a second interdict in court.

The latest comments by Tulelo are indicative of tension between Mantashe and the national leadership of the ANCYL, many of whom are in favour of him being removed as secretary general at the party’s next conference in 2012.

Masoga is believed to be part of a minority in the ANCYL that has no problem with Mantashe’s leadership.

Lionel Faull

Lionel Faull

Lionel is a reporter at the Mail & Guardian Centre for Investigative Journalism, Amabhungane.
  • Read more from Lionel Faull
    • Mmanaledi Mataboge

      Mmanaledi Mataboge

      Mmanaledi Mataboge is the Mail & Guardian's political editor. Raised in a rural village, she later studied journalism in a township where she fell in love with the medium of radio. This former radio presenter and producer previously worked as a senior politics reporter for the Mail & Guardian, and writes on politics, government, and anything that gives the disadvantaged, poor, and the oppressed a voice.
    • Read more from Mmanaledi Mataboge
    • Client Media Releases

      Durban team reaches Enactus World Cup semi-finals
      IIE Rosebank College opens campus in Cape Town
      Pharmacen makes strides in 3D research for a better life for all
      UKZN neurosurgeon on a mission to treat movement disorders
      Teraco achieves global top 3 data centre ranking
      ContinuitySA's Willem Olivier scoops BCI award
      MBDA to host first Eastern Cape Fashion and Design Council
      Sanral puts out N2/N3 tenders worth billions
      EPBCS lives up to expectations
      The benefit of unpacking your payslip