- Slams imaginary war between President Ramaphosa and ANC SG Magashule
- Support Ambassador Zinzi Mandela on recent land remarks
The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Free State has come out in support of the names proposed to be the chairpersons of different parliamentary watchdog portfolio committees, dismissing media claims the chosen officials belonged to a certain faction in the governing party.
The league said both parliamentarians and chairpersons of different portfolio committees were a collective of ANC deployees with a mission of fulfilling the party’s electoral promises.
ANCYL provincial secretary Reagan Booysen said the league welcomes the list, citing they are particularly pleased by the nomination of a contingent of young comrades who have been entrusted with key responsibilities.
The move demonstrates that the ANC values its future, he noted.
“We are convinced that the comrades who are nominated bring a variety of critical political ingredients such as experience, expertise and generational mix amongst others. The ANCYL in the Free State is particularly pleased that two young people from the province have been deployed to serve as whips of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). In this regard, we are delighted that comrade Dikeledi Direko is the new whip of Cogta,” said Booysen in written replies to queries by The Weekly.
He added the league is aware, but not surprised, by the continued, sustained media narrative seeking to divide the leadership of the ANC regarding nominations for portfolio committee chairs.
“The divisive narrative which seeks to tag our comrades as pro this or that comrade is not only malicious but smacks of a clear political agenda intended at turning comrades against each other and weakening our movement.”
The provincial secretary reiterated that all ANC comrades in the national assembly belong to the movement and are collectively bound by its vision and mission.
He slated ‘neoliberals’ and counter revolutionary agent provocateurs for continuing to create an imaginary war between ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“They are so obsessed with believing their own ludicrous dreams and fantasies that they are beginning to believe them as fact,” he charged.
He said the leadership of the ANC deserves a salute for remaining focused and emerging with a coherent and well balanced list of comrades to head the portfolio committees.
Meanwhile, Booysen also joined in the chorus of political movements including the EFF and Land First Black First in closing rank with South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, Zinzi Mandela for her unapologetic views on land.
“We strongly support the correct views raised by comrade Zinzi Mandela, views which are strongly supported by our history. Zinzi Mandela is a direct victim of apartheid system which took away her childhood and subjected her to a parentless childhood. Her views on the land question and the brutality of apartheid system are correct,” noted Booysen.
He called on the government to reject calls by alleged racist pressure groups to remove her as ambassador.
“In fact, it remains our view that we need more conscious and radical ambassadors who will not shy away from speaking the truth and fighting to correct the injustices of the past. We shall fight all racists and their tendencies from every corner. They cannot and must never find any corner where they can hide, their behaviour is as repugnant as that of a cockroach,” he claimed.