The ANC National Youth Task Team (NYTT) has distanced itself from what it called a “fake news” online poster, which calls for the ANC national executive committee to resign immediately.
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The poster, complete with the ANC Youth League logo and colours, advertises a picket outside the Johannesburg City Hall at 5pm on Thursday, and a night vigil to be held at Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters, until the next morning on the same day.
Newly installed NYTT convener, Nonceba Mhlauli, condemned the poster and sent a response showing the words “Fake News” emblazoned across the poster.
“We distance the Youth League from this poster and such planned action. We view it as another attempt to undermine the ANC and its elected leadership,” Mhlauli said.
The poster came a day after ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa announced an endorsement by the ANC national executive committee (NEC) of the suspension of secretary-general Ace Magashule by the party.
Ramaphosa said the NEC had demanded that Magashule apologise publicly to the party structures and members for the suspension letter he wrote to him.
Magashule’s supporters were angered by his suspension and the NEC’s instruction forcing him to apologise.
Social media was flooded with their angry statement, which added to widespread tension from some branches in KwaZulu-Natal and North West, demanding the withdrawal of Magashule’s suspension and asking for the NEC to resign.