Political analysts would not be blamed for making the deduction that it appears that the ANC is on a massive clean-up operation of sorts. Also, it seems that those who have previously voiced any sentiments against President Jacob Zuma are in the firing line. The Limpopo provincial executive faced the wrath of the ANC when it was unceremoniously dissolved. Former Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale had, prior to the meeting today, taken a bold stand and called for Zuma to be removed as head of the party.
Today, the Mail and Guardian reported that the ANCYL was disbanded only a few hours after the same fate was dealt to the executive leadership of the province of Limpopo. This came as a huge shock to the ANCYL. The leaders of the youth league say that they had been given assurances by the senior members of the mother body that the youth league would not be dissolved.
As if the decision to disband the ANCYL was not a shock enough on its own, Ronald Lamola, acting president of the ANCYL and Kenetswe Mosenogi, deputy secretary general were dealt another blow. They were asked to leave the meeting with immediate effect because, by virtue of the disbandment, their presence was no longer necessary.
Just this past Friday, Ronald Lamola had told The Sowetan that the youth league was finally ready to show their support for the decisions and instructions of the ANC and in particular, Jacob Zuma. The youth league expected that this would be a welcome change from the era of Julius Malema, former ANCYL president.
In the meantime, an announcement is expected from the ANC to publicise the national task team that will see to the functions and everyday activities of the youth league until new leaders are elected.