Thuthukile, who is known as Thuthu, who was already heading the seat of the Bheki Mkhize branch in Northcliff, was purportedly voted secretary of the branch at a five-star inn in Randpark Ridge after confusion broke out at the Windsor Recreation Center. She purportedly contracted bouncers to stop some ANC Youth League individuals from taking an interest in a meeting to choose new pioneers for the group’s Bheki Mkhize branch in Northcliff, Johannesburg.
The position of secretary however is known to hold more power.
“We know she is being positioned in order to facilitate a pronouncement for her mom as the next ANC president from both the region and the province,” said one ANC Youth League member.
“She stole the branch. Thuthu has been trying to get her hands on that branch and she finally did it”, an anonymous said
However, several sources said that she was to blame for the fracas during the branch’s election and that it was her second attempt to become branch secretary. They claimed she brought non-members to pretend they were members to support an earlier meeting on May 12. That meeting collapsed as members sang and refused to allow the league’s deployee and regional convener, Tefo Raphado, to proceed with the elections.
Khonza blamed the chaos on a “rent-a-crowd” brought in to disturb the night’s proceedings. “They were rowdy and when the deployees tried to engage them, there was lots of interference from those we can say were non-members.
He, in addition to other insiders, linked the tensions in the branch to the succession battle ahead of the ANC national elective conference in December, when Jacob Zuma is expected to step down as president. President Zuma has indicated that his ex wife would be his ideal replacement.
“This is not just happening to Thuthukile’s branch. It’s a 2017 issue that is spiralling and involving itself in the youth league,” Khonza said.
Khonza said a few branches in the region had been flooded with “non-members”. This supported claims by several ANC leaders that democratic processes in the party were fraught with corruption, buying of delegates, and gate keeping