Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The youth wing of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said it disbanded its executive committee in President Jacob Zuma’s home province following the region’s public support for him as party leader.
“As the only remedy to this situation, the special national executive committee resolved to disband the provincial executive committee of the ANC Youth League in Kwa-Zulu Natal with immediate effect,” league spokesman Floyd Shivhambu said in an e-mailed statement today.
The league’s provincial executive said in August it preferred Zuma to continue leading the party after its elective congress in December 2012. The ANC has banned public discussion about party succession on the grounds it could divide the party. The nomination process will be formally opened closer to the conference, the party has said.
The Youth League, headed by Julius Malema, said its disciplinary committee will also press charges against three of the provincial leaders who made the statement.
Malema also faces disciplinary charges for bringing the party into disrepute and for calling for the removal of neighboring Botswana’s government. He has previously said Zuma must be replaced as president of the party and country by his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe.
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