The crisis engulfing the African National Congress National Youth Task Team (NYTT) has deepened after its Co-ordinator, Sibongile Besani, indicated that he will not sign off and approve the ongoing ANC Youth League (ANCYL) membership audit.
In a letter he sent to fellow NYTT members and ANCYL structures countrywide on Thursday, Besani said the team overseeing the audit was established without his knowledge.
He wrote, “As the NYTT Co-ordinator and custodian of organisational processes, I am unable to allow such a basic process to be undermined.”
Review of auditing schedule
He added, “Therefore, I will not be advising structures to subject themselves to that auditing team.”
He called on the NYTT to review the auditing schedule that had been adopted earlier, adding that such a review should take place after a meeting with the ANC Top 6 Officials.
Besani said, “The auditing of membership is a critical process for congress preparations; therefore, we should ensure that organisational prescripts are adhered to ascertain legitimacy of the process we undertake [sic].”
Besani’s letter comes a week after he resigned as NYTT Co-ordinator citing “an emerging environment that seeks to remove me from some of my critical responsibilities.”
‘Separate audit process’
He said at the time, “It has come to my attention that there is an audit process that is separate to the one I am exposed to or I know, as the Co-ordinator. This relates to the appointment of auditors without my knowledge.”
Besani also complained of some NYTT members being excluded from certain processes, adding that the NYTT had also issued public statements without consulting him.
However, the ANC later rejected his resignation and directed him to continue with his work. It also decided that its Top 6 Officials will meet with NYTT members to discuss matters of concern.
The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) appointed the NYTT last year to revive the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), which was liquidated in 2018.
The NYTT is now organising a national conference, scheduled for 26-30 March, to elect the ANCYL’s new leaders.
It is now unclear whether Besani’s latest decision would affect these dates or not. Other high profile members of the structure include Convener Tandi Mahambehlala, former ministers Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane, and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.