JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) was without another top leader on Monday, after its treasurer Pule Mabe lost a confidence vote over the weekend.
This means three of its top five positions are vacant as its leader Julius Malema was expelled from the African National Congress (ANC), while Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa was suspended.
It is understood there were various political ploys underway at this weekend's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, including plots to remove Mabe and suggestions that some NEC members planned to resign to force the league to hold a full elective conference.
This move would allow them to elect someone to replace Malema as leader, however, in the end Mabe was forced out, both as treasurer and as a NEC member.
The ANC 's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeals (NDCA) confirmed Malema's expulsion from the party in April, putting into action the sanction imposed by the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC).
The sanction was imposed on Malema in November for sowing division in the party and for bringing it into disrepute, when he was found to have compared the leadership style of President Jacob Zuma to that of former president Thabo Mbeki unfavourably, and for his remarks on bringing about regime change in Botswana.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)