ANCYL Tweets: death, delays and the trouble with 3G

2011-06-17 12:41

Death, gremlins in the ANC Youth League headquarters’ 3G connectivity and one-and-a-half hour delay before the start of the second day of the league’s 24th national congress at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

Twitter was abuzz today with users posting real-time comments on events as they unfolded ahead of the much-awaited election of the youth wing’s top five.

What aroused the curiosity of most social networking users was Andisiwe Makinana’s tweet that a delegate at the event had passed away.

She tweeted: “A KZN delegate at #ANCYL24 has died. May she RIP!”

It was later confirmed by News24 that the delegate had in fact passed away in hospital yesterday.

The deceased, Dudu Khathi, from the Ethekwini region in KwaZulu-Natal, is reported to have died of natural causes.

Day two of the conference saw the league’s head office struggling with its Vodacom 3G connectivity, resulting in people having to rely on BlackBerry for posting content online.

The office tweeted: “We’ve been trying to connect to @vodacom 3G for the past hour, with no success. We’d have to use BlackBerry as we did yesterday #ANCYL24.”

Among the other interesting tweets of the day was Young Communist League’s Buti Manamela delivering his support to the league, saying: “Those who have left are writing to Khumbul’ekhaya wanting to come back, and we have welcomed them #ANCYL24.”

This was in reference to members who defected from the ANC and have since rejoined.

Talk Radio 702’s Mandy Wiener quoted the outgoing league secretary-general Vuyiswa Tulelo speaking on punctuality.

Wiener tweeted: “#ANCYL24 Tulelo on punctuality: Even if you’re God you won’t get 5 500 delegates into the venue on time.”

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