Thabiso Goba
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8 Jul 2022

Bid to remove ANCYL leader in eThekwini

Thabiso Goba

ANCYL said there was a deliberate effort from senior leaders within the party to exclude it from positions within the party.

Nokuthula Zibi-Hlophe, newly elected ANC Youth League eThekwini chairperson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The ANC Youth League in eThekwini wants the party to remove Thanduxolo Sabelo from his seat on the municipality’s executive committee.

On Thursday, the newly elected ANCYL in the eThekwini region hosted a media briefing to provide feedback from its two-day regional executive committee meeting.

The ANCYL said there was a deliberate effort from senior leaders within the party to exclude it from positions within the party. They said within eThekwini’s Exco, the ANC Women’s league is represented through Zama Sokhabase while the ANCYL has no representation.

“The office that we want is the Ecod (Economic Development Committee). We feel that their programmes are focused mostly on the people of eThekwini,” said Nokuthula Zibi-Hlophe, ANCYL eThekwini chairperson.

The removal of an Exco member, comrade Thanduxolo Sabelo, will allow us to have space to be in that particular space.

Sabelo, the former ANCYL leader in eThekwini, told The Witness he was in an investor summit in London and it would not be his place to comment as he was deployed by the ANC to his position.

In April, the newly-elected ANC eThekwini region, removed Sabelo as whip of Exco and gave the position to Nkosenhle Madlala.

Zibi-Hlophe said the ANCYL has been absent in the spaces of youth development in eThekwini.

This, she said, has been largely due to internal squabbles within their region which they have since resolved through an election of an executive committee.

Thulisa Ndlela, ANCYL regional secretary, said there has been a deterioration of leadership in the national and provincial sectors. Ndlela said the current bleak economic climate has made it difficult for youth in the country to get themselves out of poverty.

Owing to a series of failures, one of which is Eskom, a number of young people no longer recognise the ANC in its current form.

Ndlela said they were calling for the resignation of Eskom Chief Executive Officer Andre de Ruyter along with the Eskom board.

Ndlela said the rolling power blackouts along with increasing petrol prices have shown that a change needs to be had in leadership.

“The biggest losers and those most affected … are young people. We cannot sit on the sidelines and be part of those bystanding and wanting to accept no responsibility for the deteriorating state of affairs,” he said. “We will take to the streets if need be.”

Ahead of the ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee elections, the ANCYL was coy about who it was supporting.