Ace Magashule addresses the media in Pretoria, with Pule Mabe looking on – Photo: MYANC / Twitter

ANC NEC continues shakeup by disbanding Western Cape leadership

The leadership cull continues within the ANC as the Western Cape PEC has been disbanded mere days after the ANCYL leadership.


Ace Magashule addresses the media in Pretoria, with Pule Mabe looking on – Photo: MYANC / Twitter

The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) has announced its intention to disband the provincial executive committee in the Western Cape just days after a similar resolution on the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

ANC Western Cape PEC disbanded

The ruling party will send representatives from the NEC to the Western Cape to form a plan for restructuring leadership in the province as part of organisational building and renewal.

“The NEC expressed concern on the functioning of the provincial executive committee in the Western Cape whose growing internal disintegration turned to play itself out in the public, making it difficult for the PEC to discharge its duties,” read a statement from the ANC NEC.

A Provincial Interim Committee will be established in accordance with the ANC Constitution.

“The immediate task of the provincial interim committee is to implement the process of renewal and rebuilding in the province and to prepare the province towards an elective provincial conference,” the statement continued.

“The ANC efforts to reclaim the Western Cape remains firmly on course.”

ANCYL leadership disbanded

Earlier in the week, The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) national executive committee elected in 2015 was been disbanded.

In the announcement, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule revealed a national task team would oversee the ANCYL until new leadership is elected at the party’s national conference in January 2020.

“The national youth task team will oversee the process of rebuilding the ANCYL, implementing a programme of action and organise a national congress of ANCYL,” he said.

Issues within the ANCYL came to a head at the beginning of July 2019 with fierce factional infighting emanating from leadership disputes tearing the ANCYL apart.

Fed up with ‘illegitimate leaders’

The issue was not helped by the increasing disillusionment of members of the ANCYL towards the leadership, who they felt had grown too old to be part of a youth league and should be relieved of the posts as their mandate had expired.

“The ANC NEC should stop inviting ‘illegitimate leaders’ to its meetings or face legal action,” ANCYL member Ntuthuko Makhombothi said in a statement on behalf of the Revive ANCYL Movement.

“The communique implies that the offices of the ANCYL, not only in Luthuli House, but in all other areas, have been occupied against the law.”