Ngwako Modjadji
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24 Aug 2015
9:02 am

‘Bones’ throws warning to ANC bigwigs

Ngwako Modjadji

ANC leaders have come under attack from Bones Modise, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) Gauteng secretary, who accused party’s leaders of “dictating” who should become youth league president.

ANC youth league's Gauteng secretary Bones Modise responds to questions in Johannesburg, 10 September 2014, during a press briefing on the occasion of the league's 70th Anniversary. Picture: Refilwe Modise

“If there are any ANC leaders at any level who have vested interests on who should lead the ANCYL, we will come for them,” Modise warned yesterday. “They cannot dictate to us who should lead us. We don’t want stoog

There are murmurings in youth league circles that some ANC bigwigs want to be elected into the ANC’s top six at the party’s elective national conference in 2017 and have an interest on the outcome of the ANCYL elective congress, scheduled to take place next month.

Modise threatened to name and shame these ANC leaders. “[The] 2017 [ANC national elective conference] is just around the corner,” he said. “We will meet them.” This latest development demonstrates the level of tension that is likely to characterise the ANC and relations with its youth wing over the next few months.

Last week, the ANC’s national task team youth league convener, Fikile Mbalula, said ANC leaders always had interest in the outcome of the youth league congress. Modise said Pule Mabe remained the top choice for the youth league in the province to replace Julius Malema as ANCYL president. Mabe, the ANC’s national executive committee member and MP has support in several youth league structures in the country.

He has, however, not made his intentions public. The Citizen understands from Modise plans are afoot by youth league members to form the ANC’s gay and lesbian’s league.

Other contenders for youth league president include Ronald Lamola, the former ANCYL deputy president, North West MEC for local government and human settlements Collen Maine and Tshwane ANCYL regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela.