The Underprivileged Group was established two months ago by Thabo Molamu, a former North West branch leader. He told The Citizen the group was fighting what he called omission of other members from the processes leading up to the ANCYL’s national conference in September.
The movement had already established leadership presence
in Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, he said.
“The group has grown nationally and we run it from our own pockets. We frequently convene meetings to raise problems,” he added, citing alleged acts of fraud and corruption in many ANCYL structures as some of the reasons behind forming the organisation.
The Citizen has reliably learnt there were plans to build the group into a political party and contest the 2016 local government elections. It is understood the ANC leadership held a meeting with the group recently and instructed its organisers to dissolve it before the ANCYL conference.
ANC insiders at Luthuli House, the party headquarters in Johannesburg, anonymously told The Citizen the leadership was worried that the group might eat into the ruling party’s support base.
Molamu confirmed meeting the ANC and the league’s
national task team (NTT), but denied they were ordered to dissolve, or that there were plans to grow the group into a political party.
NTT spokesperson Bandile Masuku denied Molamu’s claims that the NTT was excluding some league members from preparation processes.
According to ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza, Luthuli House was not aware of the new group.