KZN ‘not backing Malema’

2010-05-20 00:00

INCUMBENT KZN ANC Youth League chairperson Mxolisi Kaunda yesterday dismissed a statement by provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo that the youth league in the province supports Julius Malema to continue leading the league after next year’s elective conference.

In an interview with The Witness at ANC provincial offices on Monday, Mtolo said the KZN province is behind Malema being retained as ANCYL president.

“We want the status quo to remain in the national leadership as our president Julius Malema is still very young and we don’t see a need to change the leadership,” Mtolo said.

However yesterday, Kaunda said the ANCYL supports the entire ANCYL top five leadership as well as the national executive committee (NEC).

“Our coming congress has got nothing to do with the 2011 national conference. It’s opportunistic to use it to highlight that people are aligned to Malema or deputy president Andile Lungisa. That is not for us to pronounce because it is a divisive move to chose one. For the organisation to be united and cohesive, organisational discipline says that we must always be behind the elected leadership,” Kaunda said.

The KZN ANCYL is expected to hold its elective conference from tomorrow till Sunday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Malema is set to speak.

Kaunda appealed to those lobbying for their candidates at the coming conference “to resist the temptation of using the national leadership in their campaigns”.

He also announced a ban on wearing T-shirts backing particular candidates.

Kaunda is not available for re-election as he will be above the age limit for membership of ANCYL.

The Witness has learnt that there are three candidates’ lists being secretly circulated.

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