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By Carien du Plessis
ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has been called to order again after the ANC intervened in the league's affairs for a second time, telling the factions to stop their fights and engage in mediation.
It is understood that the ANC, after a meeting between the party's national working committee and its counterpart in the league at Luthuli House yesterday, ordered league leaders in the Eastern Cape as well as the ousted Limpopo leadership - all of whom are unhappy with Malema - to the party headquarters to discuss their problems.
The ANC is expected to act as a mediator in the disputes and has asked leaders of the provinces to put their court action on hold for now.
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In June the party made a similar agreement with the league, but provincial youth leaders interpreted the league's subsequent disciplinary action against ousted Limpopo leader Lehlogonolo Masoga and its disbandment of the Eastern Cape leadership as well as attempts to reconvene a conference in the province as a breach of the agreement.
League secretary-general Vuyiswa Tulelo last night refused to comment and referred all queries to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who said the ANC would brief the media about the meeting's outcomes today.
No league leaders are billed to be present at the briefing.
Mantashe summoned the league's national working committee to a meeting with their ANC counterparts in Luthuli House on Monday after the Eastern Cape's disbanded leadership successfully went to court to activate an order to stop the national leadership from convening a conference without the province's leaders.
Indications were that the league intended to go ahead with the conference despite the order, but they were reportedly ordered by Mantashe not to defy the courts.
Eastern Cape Youth League leader Mlibo Qoboshiyane said on Tuesday morning they were not invited to the meeting with Mantashe and were awaiting the outcome.