ANCYL KZN leaders get posts in KZN Legislature

2013-11-06 00:00

ANC Youth League provincial leaders who had gambled on where to place their bets ahead of Mangaung, have since been rewarded with posts in the provincial legislature.

And this weekend, the provincial youth wing was compensated for its loyalty with the Greater kwaDukuza region becoming the first region in the country to hold a successful congress as part of the rebuilding process.

Some of those who have benefited by playing their cards right are the league’s provincial spokesperson Siboniso Duma and Mthandeni Dlungwana, who have both been made MPLs.

Duma said yesterday that the Youth League was still an influential force within the ranks of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We try to bring unity and cohesion as well as to ensure the twin task of rallying and championing the youth behind the vision of the ANC.

“We remain the voice within the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal,” he said.

Duma was commenting on the reorganisation of the youth body in the province.

The ANCYL in KZN had been at the centre of the leadership race in the period leading up to the Mangaung congress when former President Julius Malema and others wanted Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC.

Duma and Dlungwana had held senior positions in the provincial Youth League when Malema disbanded the organisation and replaced them.

Duma said the KZN branch of the league remained influential when resolutions were taken at ANC congresses.

The “young lions”, he said, continued to mobilise young people as volunteers for the ruling party’s election campaign for the 2014 general elections. “It still has a role in KwaZulu-Natal,” Duma said, adding that the youth body was reorganising to bring unity within its and the ANC’s ranks.

This comes months after the national leadership was disbanded by the mother body, and the interim leaders in turn disbanded some provincial and regional structures.

Some regions in KwaZulu-Natal were also affected when structures were dissolved and the interim provincial leadership was beefed up.

Yesterday, the provincial task team was due to hold a meeting to assess the state of readiness of other regions such as Ukhahlamba, Inkosi Bhambatha and Moses Mabhida to hold their own congresses.

Duma said the remaining regions were scheduled to hold their congress before the end of November and the provincial congress was planned for December.

But, the congresses are held behind the backdrop of the ANCYL being declared provisionally insolvent by the Johannesburg high court over R12,8 million it owes a Bloemfontein trust.

When asked about the implications of the court ruling and how they operated, Duma said the national leadership was studying the court ruling.

“At this point we can’t comment until we get guidance from national leadership,” he said.

Even ANCYL provincial convenor Nontembeko Boyce would not comment and referred questions to national spokesperson Bandile Masuku, who could not be reached for comment.

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