The leadership of the African National Congress Youth League (Ancyl) in Limpopo is awaiting a directive from its national task team (NTT) whether to go on appeal after a court ruling for a re-run of last month’s provincial elective conference.
According to Ancyl Limpopo spokesperson Kgopelo Phasha the provincial executive of the structure was in consultation with the NTT and lawyers on the matter and was awaiting guidance about the way forward. He called for calm, urging structures not to panic but wait for the directive from the national leadership.
The victory of the Vincent Shoba collective, recognised as top leadership of the Ancyl in Limpopo during the May conference in Tzaneen, seemed short-lived for delegates from the opposing grouping who turned to the High Court in Pretoria for what they considered their only remedy. Papers were filed on behalf of an estimated 370 delegates from a merger of two groups who counted among the original 717 voting delegates who were in attendance at the provincial elective conference and made an application for the conference results to be declared null and void, it was learnt.
It is believed the grouping sides with Donald Selamolela, Onica Moloi and Edgar Maleka who were all standing for top positions. Instead Shoba, Thandi Moraka and Che Selane emerged as Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Secretary.
Considering the fact that they had no other option than turning to the courts for a review of the results, the group of unhappy youth leaguers made the application to the High Court on the day after the results were announced on 3 May, said one of the disgruntled delegates who spoke to Polokwane Observer on condition of anonymity. He claimed that 75% of delegates attending the conference had been illegitimate. As the conference got underway they had raised the matter of bogus delegates in attendance from the floor, but were suppressed, the cadre said. “We didn’t have any other option than going to the court for review.”
In the light of the court ruling the ANC in Limpopo would be expected to appoint a task team to oversee the entire process of delegates to be nominated by branches during Branch General Meetings (BGMs) and host a provincial conference before a national elective conference of the league planned for the end of June, the source pointed out.
According to the source the national elective conference should be postponed indefinitely for various issues to be addressed first, including the alleged serving of personal interests and sowing of division among ranks of the Ancyl. “People are running the organisation in a mafia way. We fought the Malema tendency and now it is repeating itself. We will not allow that.”