Elections in April for KZN ANCYL

2013-02-19 00:00

THE ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal will convene its elective provincial conference in April as part of rebuilding the provincial organisation that has been without an elected leadership for almost 15 months.

The provincial conference will be preceded by regional conferences by March, ANCYL provincial task team (PTT) convenor Vukani Ndlovu said yesterday.

Ndlovu was speaking after the league’s national working committee (NWC) members, led by deputy president Ronald Lamola, met the provincial and regional leaders during a two-day visit in Durban.

The NWC met leaders from the PTT and regional structures behind closed doors on Sunday.

It met ANC provincial leaders yesterday.

The visit is part of a nationwide tour of all provinces ahead of the ANCYL’s national general council to be held in June, when vacancies in the national leadership, including the presidency previously held by Julius Malema, will be filled.

“The NWC visit is part of the league’s programme to assess the state of organisation and readiness for branch, regional and provincial congresses,” youth league spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Khawe said in a statement.

A consolidated report would be compiled at the conclusion of the visits to the provinces, she added.

But Ndlovu told The Witness the visit was to assist the league in the province in the work done towards holding the upcoming elective conferences.

He said the Sunday meeting had dealt with readiness for the conferences and that branches and regions were in place, with branch general meetings under way as part of the conference preparations.

The PTT had displayed unity and commitment towards rebuilding the organisation at the meeting with the NWC, he added.

“We were able to speak with one voice. We were able to say, ‘Let’s unite and embark on a programme to make the ANCYL visible’.”

The youth league in the province has been embroiled in divisions that resulted in their disbandment by the national leadership led by then president Julius Malema after they differed on support for President Jacob Zuma.

A provincial task team was formed to run the affairs of the organisation, but it battled to revitalise structures ahead of the Manguang conference.

The two-day visit comes a week after Lamola visited the province to address students at Durban University of Technology in Pietermaritzburg.

During his visit, Lamola urged students to avoid launching party structures with certain people earmarked for leadership positions.

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