By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in the North West province wants justification as to why the African National Congress (ANC) in the province is reappointing councilors who served and were part of the ‘mess’ of the previous local government administration.
“The so called 10% continuity principle of the ANC in our province was somehow used to recycle councilors of the previous administration who are responsible for the mess at local government,” said Letsebe.
During their meeting, the YCLSA in the province’s highest decision making body between Provincial Councils and Congresses expressed its support for the governing party’s bid to have the submission of candidates reopened by the IEC, as they believe that this will allow correct submission of names.
“The meeting further expressed its utter disappointment on how the extended IPC used the PR lists to recycle leadership. There needs to be justification as to why a person who served before deserves to come back. We must be told what did they achieve and how they changed the lives of our people,” said Letsebe.
In their view, the YCLSA encourages the ANC IPC to look beyond the ANCYL and ANCWL when it comes to their approach of selecting and deploying leaders who are going to serve in the local municipalities.
“Equally the terms women and youth representation should not be limited to mean leaders of the ANCYL and ANCWL only. There are youth and women who are part of alliance partners, ordinary members of the ANC, members and part of fraternal organisations that are more competent than some of those leading the ANC’s leagues,” said Letsebe.
According to the YCLSA, The ANC and alliance partners will experience ‘true transformation’ and improvement in performance of deployees, the day the governing basis their deployment on meritocracy instead of factional alignments.
“Our view is that all councilors who have criminal cases, who defied the ANC and those whose reputation is compromised don’t deserve a second chance,” said Letsebe.
Free State Central News tried to contact the ANC IPC in the province for a comment but that was unsuccessful.
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