'Premier league' must be condemned - East Cape ANC chair

OCTOBER 3, 2015

The so-called 'premier league' has impacted negatively on rebuilding the youth league and women's league in the ANC.

This is according to ANC Eastern Cape chairperson Phumulo Masualle, who was speaking at the province’s Provincial General Council on Friday where he emphasised unity within the party. Masualle said no force outside the ruling party was capable of destroying it.

"We the members, in many ways, are hard at work consciously or not, blunting the ability of this glorious movement to serve society better.

"Over the last two years, we have painstakingly emphasised the necessity of unity... as a condition to unite society behind the programme of the ANC. We have emphasised the respect for collective decisions of our structures from the NEC right to our lowest organs."

He said the newest incarnation of factionalism within the organisation was the so-called 'premier league'. "Like any other faction, this is self-serving. It is not in the best interests of the organisation.

"As members of the organisation, we must isolate, expose and condemn any such tendencies as the NEC has also begun to do."
He said the party needed to work harder to reverse the losses suffered at some of the universities in this regard. Masualle believed the party needed a vibrant ANCYL to talk to the majority of the population.
He said the party should use the period around the National General Council to fight the scourge of corruption.
"We must find the most effective means of defeating and exposing all the manifestations of corruption within ourselves and within society in general. Our people hate corruption and would never associate with corrupt deeds and individuals."
The "premier league" is allegedly made up of three premiers: David Mabuza of Mpumalanga, North West’s Supra Mahumapelo and the Free State’s Ace Magashule.
The three also chair the ANC in their provinces. It is alleged that their plan is to entrench themselves as leaders or kingmakers for 2017, when the ANC will elect President Jacob’s Zuma’s successor.