ANCYL stands by Pule Mabe
The ANCYL says it wants Pule Mabe as its next president despite the investigation against him.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League in Gauteng says it has no intention of withdrawing its support for Pule Mabe as the league's next president even though he had his assets seized by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) last week.
Mabe was the treasurer general of the league under Julius Malema and is currently being investigated for allegedly siphoning money from the Social Security Agency through companies that did not qualify for funding.
The NPA was granted a freezing order in the North Gauteng High Court, but the league in Gauteng is claiming it is all part of conspiracy.
Gauteng ANC Youth League Chairman Matome Chiloane has questioned the timing of the order.
"It's quite sinister when the youth league conference is so close and then there's a greater aggression towards him. We are also calling a general council meeting next week where we are going to explain to them what is really happening and tell them this does not affect our position in any way."
He adds support for Mabe as the league's national president seems to be growing.
"We've spoken to quite a number of provinces and I can assure you he's overwhelmingly supported. He might even go into the conference uncontested as the president."
However, political analyst Ralph Mathekga disagrees.
"It looks as if the ANC Youth League takes this lightly. Again, this really raises credibility issues when it comes to the ANC Youth League as to whether is it really in tune with the reality on the ground."
The conference will be the first since Malema was expelled and the league's structures disbanded.