Magaqa in race for votes

2011-04-25 00:00

THE province of KwaZulu-Natal is likely to have yet another senior ANC Youth League national leader after its next month’s national elective conference following the nomination of KZN ANCYL deputy chairperson, Sindiso Magaqa to take over the position of secretary-general.

The ANCYL is due to hold its elective conference at Gallagher Estate from June 16 where all leadership positions will go to the vote.

At the conference, popular ANCYL president Julius Malema is expected to retain his position with ease after being nominated by six out of nine provinces and the absence of a credible challenger to his position.

Magaqa is expected to take over the position from the current secretary-general Vuyiswa Tulelo, who will not qualify to stand for re-election at the coming conference because of the age restriction for ANCYL membership.

According to KZN ANCYL deputy provincial secretary Siboniso Duma, Magaqa, who is from the uMzimkhulu area which is in the south of KZN, had been nominated by at least seven out of nine provinces.

Duma said among the provinces that are expected to back Magaqa’s nomination are KZN, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State, North West, Northern Province and Eastern Cape. Both Gauteng and Western Cape provinces have not yet come out clearly as to who they will back at the conference.

Conference delegates backing Magaqa constitute about 80% of the entire conference delegates as KZN, Mpumalanga and Limpopo are some of the biggest youth league provinces.

Duma said the province decided to nominate Magaqa because he knows the culture of the ANCYL since he joined the organisation at any early age and also served three terms as chairperson of the Harry Gwala (Sisonke) region before being elected as deputy chairperson during last year’s provincial elective conference.

Magaqa (27) was born and bred at Mzimkhulu’s Ibisi Township. He said he became involved in politics at an early age as he joined the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) while he was still at primary school. He joined the youth league at the age of 14 (the starting age for ANCYL membership) and has served the league in senior positions at branch and regional levels.

Commenting on his possible election to the high position Magaqa said: “ I have not been officially notified about my nomination, but I am prepared to go anywhere the organisation wishes to deploy me.”

Magaqa is currently the youth affairs manager with the Umzimkhulu Municipality.

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