ANCYL slams 'arrogant' Mabuza
THE ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has launched a withering attack on newly-elected Mpumalanga ANC chairperson David Mabuza, accusing him of being untouchable because of his perceived close relations with President Jacob Zuma.
In a scathing letter sent to Zuma by acting ANCYL provincial secretary Clarence Maseko, Mabuza is accused of, among others, "acting with impunity, disregard of ANC policies and threatening opponents because he enjoys the support of senior ANC leaders including Zuma.
The letter was addressed to Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and secretary general Gwede Mantashe. It was written in a failed effort to have last week's provincial conference - where Mabuza was re-elected unopposed - postponed.
Yesterday Maseko told Sunday World that he cannot comment on the letter as it was an internal matter for the ANC.
But in the letter, Maseko claims that all the intimidations leading to the conference happened through "the visible hand of the chairperson's [Mabuza] instruction".
"The chairperson of the province acts with impunity in disregarding organisational policies, the Constitution and the issuing of threats directly or indirectly as he is said to be assured protection from deployees in the province or perceived protection from the President."
He says at the Dr JS Moroka district, the regional chairperson of the ANCWL pulled out a firearm in a branch general meeting and "was easily released by the police as if nothing has happened".
He claims that the process for preparing for the provincial conference was not fair whereby branches with inflated membership passed the audit and attended the conference.
He accuses NEC member Malusi Gigaba, a deployee in Mpumalanga, of being dismissive when members raised concerns.
He says he attended a preparatory meeting for the conference on March 19, where Gigaba seemed to have concluded what should be the outcome of the conference.