“ANCYL activists” claim the Western Cape ANCYL PEC is illegitimate

ANCYL Activits L-R: Sithembele Majore, Mesuli Kama, Yolanda Nxesi and Nzulu Gona

There is no legitimate ANCYL Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in the Western Cape Province says a group of ANCYL members who call themselves “ANCYL activists”

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

There is no legitimate ANCYL Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in the Western Cape Province says a group of ANCYL members who call themselves “ANCYL activists”. They made a statement at a media briefing on Sunday in Cape Town.

The activists state that they are members of the Youth League from all regions in the Western Cape Province who are concerned with the state of the ANCYL and the PEC in the province. In a statement they said they are not a disgruntled group but that the current ANCYL leadership is illegitimate.

According to Mesuli Kama, the activists are many but are not ready to disclose the number and names of the leaders.

“The current clique calling themselves the ANCYL Western Cape Provincial Executive Committee was elected on 20 February 2015 at a special conference that could not even reach a quorum and their term of office expired on 20 February 2017. Any decisions taken by these leaders after the expiry of their term were illegitimate. They bring the the name of the organisation into disrepute,” said the activists in a statement

In addition, the Youth League’s Western Cape PEC is corrupt according to the activists.

“The PEC disrupted the Provincial Policy Conference and the march[ed] to Parliament during the motion of no confidence in President Zuma. This was viewed by many as a march in support of corruption and state capture,” say the activists. At the march, ANCYL Chairperson in the Western Cape, Khaled Sayed, called for the expulsion of ANC MP Derek Hanekom and the SACP from the ANC.

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Asked about the way forward the group said they were going to mobilise the youth so that there are existing ANCYL structures in the province. “Our belief is that if we do not have a strong ANCYL today there is no ANC in the province in future,” said Kama.

Meanwhile the activists have written several letters to the national Secretary General of ANCYL but have not received answers.

“We hope the Secretary General is going to do the honourable thing – respond to our letters if he still upholds the ANCYL constitution,” said Akhona Jonginamba.

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Originally from Zimbabwe and since 2014 I been contributing to different publications in South Africa. My area of focus as a reporter is on the rights of vulnerable communities and foreign nationals in any country.