Chaos rocks another ANCYL conference

NOVEMBER 11, 2014

Chaos rocked another African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) provincial elective conference on Sunday morning - forcing Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle and other ANC leaders to leave under police escort. The conference was held at the Methodist Church in Wilsonia over the weekend.

The chaos erupted when outgoing ANCYL provincial convener Ncedo Kumbaca announced that credentials of the new committee had been adopted. A disgruntled faction reportedly became rowdy and started singing before physical altercations broke out.

Apparently there are several factions that hold different views as to who should lead the province. The Nelson Mandela Metro region, which has about 93 voting delegates, reportedly wanted to impose their candidate to be elected as chairman of the province – as they have more voting delegates.

However, there are other regions that have way more delegates than that.

After the disruption the conference had to be adjourned for several hours.

ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, who was also at the conference, said the party was disappointed at what he referred to as a “foreign tendency” in the ANC.

“We are disappointed by the kind of behaviour we’ve experienced. If things like those are allowed to continue, that will really taint the image of the party,” he told the Daily Dispatch.

“We should not have gatherings of the youth league that degenerate to that level.

“Normally in the party when you are not happy with something that doesn’t mean you must disrupt the conference, you can appeal.”

Mabuyane said the ANC leadership will take necessary actions against those behind the chaos.

“This was a well-orchestrated plan just to disrupt and project us as the province in that manner. It is indeed worrying and I don’t think that as the leadership of the ANC we’ll take that smiling. Someone must be held accountable for that,” he said.


The chaos on Sunday morning followed a series of disruptions to the conference.  Earlier on a group of unidentified delegates came into the venue singing and disrupting proceedings for about 15 minutes which prompted rebuke from Masualle in his keynote address.

Registration for the conference had also taken nearly two days to complete and some delegates complained that they were turned away during the registration process and others put in their place.

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