ANCYL not for sale – Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa used his opening address at the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) elective congress today to issue a stern warning to ANC members who take the party to court to resolve internal issues.

Ramaphosa said court challenges have become a new tendency in the ruling party.

“We cannot allow our ANC to be controlled and run by the courts,” Ramaphosa told delegates at the ANCYL elective congress underway in Midrand, Johannesburg.

“Those who rush to courts clearly do not love the ANC.”

“Those who rush to courts clearly love themselves more than the ANC.”

Last night, Judge Moses Mavundla ruled that the application by North West ANCYL members Thabo Molamu, Mbuyisela Booi, Gontse Marupeng and Papa Jood was not urgent.

The group alleged there had been non-compliance with the ANCYL’s constitution and the delegates set to attend were not a true reflection of the league in North West. They alleged there had been irregular auditing of branches and that certain members were denied the opportunity to attend the congress in order to influence the outcome. They also complained about “gatekeeping” and signature campaigning.

Ramaphosa told delegates that the league must be the defender of the ANC at all costs.

“It must engage in the battle of ideas,” he said.

“It must engage with those who insult the ANC.”

Although Ramaphosa did not mention the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), this can be interpreted as reference to the EFF.

The deputy president warned against the culture of using money to buy votes.

“This ANCYL is not on sale to anybody,” Ramaphosa said amid cheers from delegates.

“If you have any idea to buy the ANCYL, I have to tell you it does not come cheap.”

Ramaphosa called on delegates to elect leaders who will emulate leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela.

Meanwhile, The Citizen has learnt that North West MEC for local government and human settlements Collen Maine is the only name in the ballot. ANC national executive committee member and former ANCYL treasurer-general Pule Mabe, former league deputy president Ronald Lamola and ANCYL Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela’s names are not in the ballot.

Maine is a favourite to replace Julius Malema, who now leads the EFF.

No hissing or booing is allowed inside the hall where the congress is taking place.