KZN ANCYL 'regrets' reaction to NEC remarks

The KZN ANCYL on Tuesday released a statement saying it has engaged with its mother body and reaffirms that the ANC is central in decision-making.

FILE: Leaders from the KZN youth and women's leagues before briefing the media shortly after the judgment in PMB. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal has apologised to its mother body for saying the National Executive Committee was out of line in making decisions on behalf of provincial structures.

The Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) had said it would appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court's ruling that effectively disbanded its leadership, but has now backtracked after the NEC instructed it not to.

Deputy chairperson of the KZN ANC Willies Mchunu said on Saturday that the provincial ANCLY had been instructed to make a public apology for their statements on the NEC, or face action.

Despite the provincial youth league already having apologised privately, the KZN leadership further ordered it to make a public apology.

The KZN ANCYL on Tuesday released a statement saying it has engaged with its mother body and reaffirms that the ANC is central in decision-making.

The league's Mandla Shange says the league didn’t plan to appear divisive.

“The ANC Youth League wishes to affirm the centrality of the ANC and its NEC as the highest decision-making body in between conferences as outlined in its constitution. At no point did the leadership of the ANC Youth League intend to undermine this role and any interpretation of the utterances made by the leadership is regrettable.”

The youth league says it will abide by whatever decision the ANC makes regarding the court ruling.