Claims that the ANC leadership seeks the reinstatement of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema were rejected on Monday.

Western Cape provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile blamed a “mischievous group of youth” for “disinformation” on what happened at a provincial general council (PGC) at the weekend.

“The disinformation spread by a mischievous group of youth is devoid of truth and must be rejected outright,” he said in a statement.

“No discussion on Malema took place. The Western Cape ANC denounces all rumour-mongering outside of party structures as they lobby for narrow positions.”

A statement, supposedly by the provincial ANCYL, was sent out on Monday welcoming a decision apparently made by the ANC in the province at the weekend for the reinstatement of Malema, suspended secretary general Sindiso Magaqa, and spokesman Floyd Shivambu.

The statement read: “The ANCYL in the Western Cape impressed on the PGC the urgency that the special ANC national executive committee (NEC) that sits (Monday) resolves the matter through a political solution.”

Mjongile said the PGC dealt with the state of the party leading up to 2014 as well as the formulation of a provincial policy position ahead of the national policy conference at the end of June.

“The PGC has instructed the youth league to focus on building its structures and convene a legitimate conference in order to elect its leadership.

“The focus of the province is to diligently build and unite the ANC in the Western Cape. Thus the PGC dealt with transformation, strengthening the economy, and skills.”

Provincial ANC leader Marius Fransman said at the weekend that there were a few individuals “at all levels” who had begun to involve themselves in divisive behaviour.

The resolutions of the PGC would be released later in the week. – Sapa