Battles lines drawn as YCL condemns ANCYL

The YCL has accused the ANCYL leadership of jumping to the Gupta family's defence.


JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP)'s Young Communist League (YCL) has condemned its ally the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) after it called for Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas to be recalled.

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The young communist league says instead of defending the Gupta family, the ANCYL should join its campaign for an investigation into their alleged influence on government.

At the same time, protesters outside the NEC meeting say President Jacob Zuma is costing the ANC votes.

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The protest was organised by former ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola.

The YCL has accused the ANCYL leadership of jumping to the Gupta family's defence.

In a statement, the YCL says its ally should not become a Gupta front and should instead question their alleged influence.

Meanwhile, ANCYL Limpopo member MJ Wa Azania, says he's protesting outside the ANC NEC meeting because he thinks it's time for the president to step down.

"Go and mobilise for the ANC but it's difficult in this kind of situation where you find that there is one person who is costing the organisation votes and support from the ground."

The Guptas have denied all of the claims against them and have challenged those making them to provide evidence.


Protesters have warned that society will stand up against Zuma if he is not removed from his position this weekend.

Lamola says the meeting represents a pivotal moment in the ruling party's history.

"I think there will be mass action because people all over the country are tired and they can't take it anymore. We still have an opportunity as the ANC to resolve this thing and we can resolve it through this meeting and that is why we came here."