ANCYL Throws Its Weight Behind Ramaphosa

The outgoing ANCYL president, Collen Maine. PICTURE: Mail Media

JOHANNESBURG: The ANC Youth League says it will defend party President Cyril Ramaphosa against anyone.

The youth league President Collen Maine and Secretary-General Njabulo Nzuza were responding to reports of an alleged plot to unseat Ramaphosa.

A Sunday Times report claims former President Jacob Zuma is scheming with others to oust his successor.

The commitment to defend Ramaphosa is a change of stance from Maine and Nzuza, who were known to be fervent Zuma backers.

Speaking to the News24, Maine said, “Not everyone is going to love Cyril Ramaphosa, but we have to live with [the fact] that he is the president of the ANC and we must all rally behind him,” Maine said.

Maine warned that the league would defend Ramaphosa from anyone, including leaders within the organisation.

He said he engaged with its KwaZulu-Natal secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo over claims that he was part of a meeting, along with secretary general Ace Magashule, ANC Women’s League secretary general Meokgo Matuba, ousted ANC North West premier Supra Mahumapelo and former president Jacob Zuma, where ways to remove Ramaphosa were reportedly discussed.
 
Sabelo denied the Sunday Times’ claims over the weekend that he was a part of the clandestine meeting. He said he had been at the Durban hotel where the meeting took place because a leader in the ANC had called him there.

The provincial secretary also logged a complaint with the press ombudsman over the story.

“I have personally spoken to Thanduxolo as the provincial secretary in KZN and the comrade explained to me, how he found himself at the Maharaj,” said Maine.

“The comrade was not part of that meeting,” he added.

Maine said the ANCYL was satisfied with the version of events Sabelo had given it.

“The ANCYL is not part of clandestine meetings. We will not allow anybody to undermine the elected leadership of the ANC,” said Maine.

Maine said the ANC was at a stage where it should not allow conspiracy theories to divide it.

“If there is anybody who intends to undermine the sitting leadership, the ANCYL will do anything in its power to defend the leadership because branches have elected Cyril Ramaphosa to run the organisation for five years, [they did] so understand[ing] that prosecuting the revolution is not like a show called All you need is love,” he concluded

Magashule has admitted meeting Zuma, but denied the allegations.