Cracks within the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the province are deepening ahead of the league's provincial elective conference.
The conference was supposed to have been convened last weekend but was postponed because of "logistics".
Opponents of league's national president, Julius Malema, led by his nemesis Boy Mamabolo, who is the chairperson of Mailo Malatjie branch in Seshego, said they were going to hold their own separate conference in defiance of the provincial executive committee (PEC).
The PEC has organised the official conference at the Oasis Lodge in Polokwane from Friday to Sunday.
Mamabolo said he did not recognise the PEC led by Malema's allies, Jacob Lebogo, who is ANCYL provincial secretary, and Frans Moswane, the provincial chairperson.
He said the above pair "don't have respect for the entire ANC leadership led by President Jacob Zuma". "Any leadership elected at the PEC-sanctioned conference at the weekend will not be recognised by ANCYL membership, Mamabolo," said.
"We are going to convene our own conference in the same period this week. We will not want to let the cat loose by revealing the venue but what I can confirm is that our conference will also be in Polokwane."
Mamabolo further said there was no need to inform the ANCYL national executive committee leadership because they were Malema's backers who were defying the ANC.
Mamabolo said he also did not recognise ANC's provincial executive led by Premier Cassel Mathale.
David "Che" Selane, ANCYL provincial spokesperson, lambasted Mamabolo for what he called "contemptuous conduct". "Those thugs don't belong to our organisation."
Selane said the ANCYL in would continue to rally behind the embattled national president Julius Malema. "He will remain president until 2014."