KZN youth wing still awaiting leadership results

2010-05-24 08:28

Delegates at the KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League (ANCYL) elective

conference were eagerly awaiting the outcome of a leadership battle this

morning.

“We are still counting the votes for the five top candidates. After

that we will vote for additional members,” said outgoing chairperson Mxolisi

Kaunda.

The ANCYL conference at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which was

to have taken place on Friday, had been riddled with problems.

Delegates spent the whole of Friday completing the registration

process. And on the following day ANCYL president Julius Malema said the

registration process needed to be improved because all provinces had experienced

the same problems.

Kaunda said delegates were still at the conference at 8.30am this

morning. “This shows the commitment of members of the Youth League. We have

people who are students here and workers but were still awaiting the process to

be completed.”

Contesting the chairperson’s position were Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu

and current deputy chairperson Mthandeni Dlungane.

The secretary position was being contested by Bheki Mtolo and

Wandile Mkhize.

Kaunda said the provincial youth wing spent the whole of Saturday

night discussing Youth League issues and had not slept, adding that last night

they also stayed up through the night discussing the organisation’s report and

finances.

Malema and his deputy Andile Lungisa, who were competing for top

national positions, had also attended the conference.

The league branches around the country were divided into those

supporting Malema, and those who wanted him replaced by Lungisa.

On Thursday the provincial Youth League had assured the public that

they were ready and had pre-registered their delegates and would not encounter

problems.

Throughout the weekend there were large numbers of police

monitoring the conference. However, Colonel Jay Naicker said no incidents of

violence were reported.

 

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