Statements by a provincial ANCYL structure announcing that President Jacob Zuma’s former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma should succeed him drew a swift rebuke from the party on Friday.
In a statement, KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial spokesman Ndumiseni Ntuli said discussions over Zuma’s succession had not been opened.
Ntuli said: “The ANC NEC has not opened a discussion on the next leadership of the organisation. We therefore call upon the ANCYL not to start a premature leadership process until the ANC NEC officially opens that process.”
At a press conference on Thursday, the ANC Youth League’s provincial secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo, said the party needed to select “a winner” like Dlamini-Zuma to lead the party after the party’s next national elective conference, scheduled for late next year.
Sabelo was speaking in Durban at the ANC’s provincial headquarters.
Ntuli said that ANC provincial officials would meet the Youth League’s leadership “to discuss the potential damage that their statement has on the movement”.
“It is our considered view that discussing leadership issues through the media is inappropriate and has a huge potential in undermining the unity of the organisation,” said Ntuli.