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Disband ANC Youth League's NEC 'by next Friday', demands member

24 May 2019 - 11:44 By ZINGISA MVUMVU
ANCYL president Collen Maine, right, on the 2019 election campaign trail in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni.
ANCYL president Collen Maine, right, on the 2019 election campaign trail in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni.
Image: ANCYL

A member of the troubled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has instructed his lawyers to demand that the ANC national executive committee (NEC) resolve to disband the league's NEC by no later than next Friday.

Mzwakhe Nkambule has, in a lawyer's letter to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, threatened that should the ANC fail to comply with his demand, he will resort to dragging the party to court.

Nkambule is from the league's branch in ward 82 in Ekurhuleni.

He has also demanded that youth league president Collen Maine and Magashule's counterpart in the league, Njabulo Nzuza, be barred from further representing the youth league in the mother body's NEC meetings following their swearing in as MPs this week.

Moreover, Nkambule believes the ANCYL NEC's continued stay in office after three years of its official term, as stated in the structure's constitution, is illegal. 

The Maine-led ANCYL top structure was elected in September 2015.

Nkambule is also taking issue with Maine and others in the league's NEC continuing to represent young people in the party despite being older than the cut-off age of 35 stipulated in the league's constitution.

"The current sitting NEC of the ANCYL has been in office for more than three years since the last conference in 2015 held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. Thus, there is no constitutional provision relied on or justifiable reason to keep them in office," wrote Nkambule's legal representatives, Wits Law Clinic.

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"This, we are instructed, renders the current mandate of the ANCYL NEC null and void, and infringes on the rights of our client as there is no mandate on the current NEC to advance any interests of our client.

"Accordingly we are instructed to demand that the ANC disband the ANCYL national structure and appoint the task team that will ensure that the national conference is held. Secondly, we demand that the president and secretary-general of the ANCYL are to be prohibited from participating in any NEC meetings of the ANC on their representative capacity of the ANCYL.

"Should the ANC fail to adhere to our client's well-founded demands within seven days of your receipt of the letter, our client will be left with no choice except to approach the court of law for an appropriate relief."