DA Youth contender didn’t make deadline

2013-04-25 09:13

One of the major contenders for the leadership of the DA Youth will not be on the organisation’s ballot paper – because his nomination was submitted six minutes late.

Cape Town DA councillor Siphumle Yalezo, who publicly took party leader Helen Zille to task for her “refugee” tweet last year, would have been one of three contenders for the organisation’s leadership, together with current youth chairperson Mbali Ntuli, who has just posted a campaign video of herself on Facebook, and Nomfundo Ngcobondwane, who is running a low key social media campaign and who couldn’t be found on Facebook.

Yalezo’s phone was off and he didn’t immediately return messages, but a DA Youth presiding officer for the conference, MP Anchen Dreyer, confirmed he was late. “We don’t make a distinction between nominations handed in five minutes or five hours late, because then people would want us to make exceptions,” she said.

She said the closing date for nominations was a week ago, but she still received a nomination yesterday – which wasn’t accepted.

Dreyer said in total there were 17 nominations, of which four were late and two were too old.

The DA Youth cut-off is 31 years, but nobody older than 28 is allowed to stand because they would be older than 31 at the end of their three-year term.

There is a perception in the organisation that Ntuli’s nomination is supported by Yusuf Cassim, who is standing for federal chairperson, but Cassim said he hasn’t teamed up with anyone “because I am want to inspire a new brand of politics in the organisation”.

Thorne Godinho, who is standing for the media and publicity portfolio, also denied that he was supporting Ntuli.

Werner Teubes, who was standing for the same portfolio, withdrew this week because he was unhappy with the way the conference was being organised.

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