Youth League’s ‘political readiness’ the issue – ANC

2014-11-25 12:10

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The ANC Youth League was not politically ready to have its elective congress this week, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa has said.

Kodwa was part of this morning’s press conference called by the league in which it was confirmed its leadership elections, scheduled for this week, were cancelled.

The congress has been replaced by a “consultative forum” instead.

The national task team will also disband as soon as this week’s meeting is over, but it is unclear who will lead the league to its elective congress, expected to be held in June next year.

Another logistic issue is that the league’s postponed congress could end up coinciding with the ANC’s national general council, which is also set to take place next year.

National task team coordinator Magasela Mzobe announced the postponement of the elective congress to journalists this morning.

Many prospective delegates had not yet heard the news, but he said they should still travel to the venue and take part in policy discussions.

Kodwa said it was not the first time that a youth league would hold a consultative conference as part of “building an organisation”.

He said the league had a consultative conference when people returned from exile more than 20 years ago.

“Elections don’t define a conference; it is but one part of a conference,” he said.

Kodwa said all the requirements for convening a congress had been met, such as the membership audit and verification, but he said the issue was “political readiness”.

“There has not been much of a political preparation for a conference which would include this element that has now been postponed,” he said.

Questions by journalists on what exactly happened in last night’s meeting between the league’s national task team and ANC officials for the congress to be postponed, went unanswered.

Mzobe said he couldn’t comment on the process, only on the outcomes.

He also did not answer a question on whether the congress delegates could overturn the decision to postpone the elective part of the congress.

A league member told City Press that this week’s event could end up being a drinking fest.

“People coming on the buses have a lot of booze with them,” he said.

The national task team leaders were still set to deliver their reports tomorrow and President Jacob Zuma is expected to address the gathering on Thursday.

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