ANCYL delegates warm up for voting

2011-06-17 10:48

Delegates at the ANC Youth League national congress in Midrand gave a taste of what voting for the top posts would be like today.

“Those who bought votes, we will not vote for them,” they sang, waving their congress identity document tags.

Delegates were expected to vote for the “top six” officebearers today.

Julius Malema was expected to retain his position as president, after gaining support at provincial level ahead of the congress, with Gauteng league chairman and the province’s sports MEC Lebogang Maile expected to be the only challenger for that post.

Some reports have claimed money has changed hands to sway some of the more than 5 500 delegates.

The New Age newspaper reported that the accusations were directed at both candidates.

“We are not enemies, we only differ on candidates,” said one delegate from Eastern Cape, Noxolo Caca.

She said buying votes was foreign to the ANC.

“It is not easy to stop it. It is there, we are aware of it,” said Caca.

The league is the youth wing of the country’s governing party and analysts believe the outcome of the congress will indicate possible future leadership of the ANC.

Former state president Nelson Mandela came through the ranks of the youth league and was once the league president. 

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