‘Gang of four’ MK youth leaders dumped 

By Celani Sikhakhane

The Umkhonto Wesizwe party has axed its outspoken interim youth leader Bonginkosi Khanyile and three others who supported him for disrupting and damaging the party with their inflammatory comments. 

Khanyile was expelled together with interim youth deputy president Thapelo Maisha, interim Gauteng youth leader Gazuzu Nduli and interim youth secretary general Minenhle Cibane.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by MK spokesperson Nhlamulo Ndlela.

The four were accused of claiming there was a plot to remove Jacob Zuma from the party leadership and of blocking students from contesting elections at universities and TVET colleges under the MK banner in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Khanyile caused outrage last month when he attacked Springbok captain Siya Kolisi as a “house negro” who brainwashes black people into becoming slaves to white people and their propaganda.

And in February he claimed there were moves afoot to push Zuma out of the party because he is 81 and to replace him with former SA deputy president DD “Cat” Mabuza.

Khanyile also said that MK would destroy voting stations and unleash chaos if Zuma was not allowed on the ballot.

In March, he said an MK revolt would be bigger than the week-long July unrest in 2021 that cost the economy more than R50-billion and resulted in the deaths of over 300 people.

Sihle Ngubane, the newly appointed interim secretary general of MK, said the four youth leaders will be informed of their redeployment in due course.

“You are officially informed that you have been removed from your position as of today,” Ngubane told them. 

Khanyile joined MK after unofficially attending the party’s launch in December while he was a member of the Patriotic Alliance. 

The Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton Mckenzie subsequently expelled Khanyile for disrespecting the organisation. 

Before he joined the Patriotic Alliance, Khanyile had also been thrown out of the EFF for being a divisive and chaotic influence. 

Khanyile could not be reached for comment before publication as his phone went to voicemail.

Pictured above: MKP expelled Bonginkosi Khanyile. 

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