“While the ANCYL respects the decision of the concerned court, we are however of the firm view that the honourable judge erred both in law and substance by granting a winding-up of a voluntary association,” national convenor Mzwandile Masina told reporters in Johannesburg.
“The ANCYL is of the view that this judgment is flawed on the basis that such a decision [to wind-up an entity] can only be applicable to a corporate body and not a voluntary political association.”
The African National Congress Youth League was put under provisional liquidation last week.
This reportedly means that the affairs of the ANCYL will be put in the hands of the Master of the High Court, and that its interim leadership is no longer in a position to make any decisions until the final order in January.
An events company in Bloemfontein applied for the ANCYL to be sequestrated over a R15 million debt not settled since 2008.
Masina said that if the judgment was not overturned, it would have “dire political implications”.
“It will shutter political activism and the sharpening of many young people in this country.”
He called on all structures of the ANCYL and supporters to go to the high court on January 27 and support the ANC, which is a respondent in the matter.
“[Let us] showcase that the rich history of the ANCYL cannot be nullified under our democratic dispensation.”