Leaders in a face off
EMBATTLED ANC Youth League leaders are to meet ANC officials, including its president Jacob Zuma today, in a bid to iron out their differences triggered by Julius Malema's expulsion.
ANCYL leaders have been at loggerheads with their mother body since disciplinary charges were brought against Malema, Floyd Shivambu and Sindiso Magaqa.
They have blamed the ANC leaders, in particular Zuma and general secretary Gwede Mantashe for orchestrating the charges against the youth leaders.
Youth league leaders may have to explain to ANC leaders why they continue to reject ANC disciplinary processes.
After their national executive meeting last weekend, the youth leaders declared that Malema remains their president.
They also announced the dismissal of treasurer Pule Mabe.
The meeting which dismissed Mabe was chaired by the league's deputy president Ronald Lamola, who is believed to be keen to fill Malema's controversial shoes.
Meanwhile, Sibusiso Ngwalwa reports that Mabe has vowed to challenge his dismissal, saying his removal was against the league's constitution.
"The decision of the ANC Youth League remains a recommendation to the national general council, which must be . the arbitration body to attend to such a matter.
"I'm appealing the decision. I'm asking the (ANC) NEC to attend to this matter on the basis of a review. When I do that I will put the constitution of the youth league to the test ... because at the end of it all it is not Pule Mabe who must win, it is the constitution of the youth league that must reign supreme," he said.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Mabe did not want to discuss details about his removal - saying it was for his youth league colleagues to say why they removed him. It is understood that he has written an appeal to Mantashe, asking for Luthuli House's intervention.
However, his detractors in the league accuse him of misusing the league's funds. But more than anything, Mabe is viewed as a threat to the grouping aligned to Malema, who see him as trying to position himself to become the league's president.
He would not say whether he has ambitions to become the league's leader: "I don't think that it is my place to say if I want to be president or not. We don't work like that, it doesn't happen and is not consistent with organisational principles. That is a preserve of the membership," he said.
But if anything angers him, it is the allegation that he misused the league's funds.
"This is a very emotional issue because (the ANCYL NEC members) know how much we have gone out of our way to make sure that programmes of the youth league do not fail.
"You can't force people to have confidence in you. Their expression of no confidence must be done within the confines of the constitution. We don't have to like each other when we lead," he said.
Mabe was Malema's one-time confidante and right-hand man but the two youth leaders have since fallen out.