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Mabe faces humiliation - Succession bid gets nasty

2012-05-07 12:09:22.0 | MOIPONE MALEFANE |

THE ANCYL national executive committee is in a bitter war over who should succeed its expelled president Julius Malema.

UNDER FIRE: ANC Youth League treasurer Pule Mabe might lose his influence. Picture by Antonio Muchave
UNDER FIRE: ANC Youth League treasurer Pule Mabe might lose his influence. Picture by Antonio Muchave

Yesterday, the league's NEC meeting entered its second day with some youth leaders planning to push for the expulsion of its treasurer Pule Mabe.

Mabe is seen as a threat whom Malema cannot control from "exile" should he take over as president.

Those opposed to Mabe were yesterday preparing to ambush him when he delivers his financial report, which he had still not presented by yesterday afternoon.

Mabe's opponents are understood to be unhappy with his failure to raise enough money to pay for the league's activities. They say the league still owes money for some of its activities.

This will not be the first time that Mabe comes under attack from sections of the league, and if the meeting fails to act against him, it will be a blow for Malema's supporters in the league.

The move to oust Mabe is designed to block him from being part of leaders who'll contest Malema's position when the ANCYL national general council meets. The council meeting date is expected to be announced today.

Malema and league secretary Sindiso Magaqa have been expelled and suspended respectively from the ANC.

Serious cracks have since emerged in the league.

NEC member Mdu Manana came under heavy attack yesterday when he was accused of speaking to the media about the league's official decisions without a mandate.

Sources at the meeting said National Youth Development Agency head Andile Lungisa led the charge against Manana.

However, a youth leader from the Eastern Cape, Ayanda Matiti defended Manana, telling Lungisa that what Manana did was not different from him (Lungisa) addressing youth league meetings in the Eastern Cape.

Lungisa is now favoured by Malema's supporters to take over as the league's president.

Sunday World understands that current deputy president Ronald Lamola seems to have fallen out of favour to take over from Malema.

Lungisa is alleged to have been in the forefront of organising Malema's meetings in the Eastern Cape this week, where Friends of the ANCYL campaign was launched. The launch was addressed by Malema.

Yesterday's meeting has, however, distanced the league from the campaign.

The league's NEC had earlier decided that it will call a meeting where guidelines will be agreed on how to elect Malema's replacement.

If the league was united, Malema's deputy, Lamola was supposed to act as president, but there has been a view that Mabe should take over.

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