Discrepancies found in ANCYL registration

2010-05-22 13:56

Discrepancies such as ghost delegates were found during the

registration process of the ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) elective conference in

Durban.

The league’s provincial spokesperson, Sabelo Nyswo, said: “The

organisation has objected to some regions with reason to believe that there are

some ghost delegates but they are on top of things.”

The ANCYL found that certain information was unclear about

delegates from the Moses Mabhida district in Pietermaritzburg, which is the

biggest region in the province.

Delays in the registration resulted in an overnight affair at the

University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College.

The process was scheduled to start at 7am yesterday but it was

delayed for over ten hours.

Efforts to complete it overnight were unsuccessful

and by midday today, it was still not finalised.

Delegates arrived early yesterday but were forced to camp at the

venue overnight, occupying themselves by singing and drinking.

Slindile Mkhize from Pongola said she arrived at 6am yesterday: “I

only registered at 2am. I did not sleep the whole night.”

Another delegate, Walter Buthelezi, who was found sleeping on a

university bench said he only managed to register at 5am today. The college was

littered with liquor bottles, papers and cans.

ANCYL provincial chairman, Mxolisi Kaunda, said: “There was a

reason for the delay.

We wanted to make sure that we captured all the

information correctly and that all delegates’ credentials were correct.”

Thorough checks during registration were crucial so that people did

not complain that the provincial elections were rigged, he said.

On Thursday, the youth wing’s provincial secretary, Bheki Mtolo

made assurances that no problems would occur during the conference.

He said all delegates were pre-registered and that the organisation

was ready for the conference.

Faction fighting erupted at ANCYL conferences in the Eastern Cape

and Limpopo recently as members competed for top positions ahead of the national

conference next year.

It divided branches into those supporting current president Julius

Malema and those who wanted him replaced by his deputy Andile Lungisa.

Malema

was expected to address delegates on today.



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