Meeting stalls: ANCYL delegates vote a day late

2010-05-24 00:00

MORE than 1 000 delegates at the chaotic KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL congress were last night still voting for the new provincial leadership following the a day’s delay to the start of conference.

The delay saw the conference starting on Saturday afternoon instead of the scheduled Friday afternoon,

However, it was incident-free, unlike the Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces that which took place last month and last weekend, respectively.

According to ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo, the delay was due to the crash of their computers during the accreditation process, which subsequently delayed all the processes.

Delegates suffered a sleepless night on Friday in anticipation of being registered, which ultimately had to be done manually.

On Saturday, delegates pushed through into the early hours of yesterday morning to complete the plenary sessions and other conference matters.

At 8 pm last night, delegates were still queuing to cast their votes in the much anticipated contest between a faction led by Mtolo and one led by outgoing provincial treasurer Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu.

In a contest for the chair of the province, Simelane-Zulu is standing against Mthandeni Dlungwane from the Mtolo faction, while Mdumiseni Ntuli faces Sindiso Magaqa from the Mtolo faction for deputy chair.

A close contest is expected between Mtolo and Wandile Mkhize of the Simelane-Zulu faction for the provincial secretary position.

Former South African Students’ Congress KZN president Fanile Sibisi, who was expected to lead a third faction, teamed up with the ­Simelane-Zulu faction and is standing against Sboniso Duma for the deputy provincial secretary post.

A member of the ANCYL national executive committee (NEC), Nokuthula Yolanda Young, has teamed up with the Mtolo faction to oppose Dimakatso Mavundla for the treasurer’s position.

ANCYL deputy president Andile Lungisa had to clarify Young’s participation as some members from the eThekwini region felt that she did not qualify to stand as an NEC member.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier and ANC KZN chairperson Dr Zweli Mkhize opened the conference and called on the delegates to contest the elections with tolerance and ensure that at the end of the conference unity is maintained within the organisation.

The new provincial leadership is expected to hold a press briefing today to announce resolutions taken by the congress.

Meanwhile, the aborted ANCYL congress in the Eastern Cape is expected to be re-convened this coming weekend.

There will be no leadership contest at the ANC’s 2012 conference, because Jacob Zuma will continue to head the party, ANCYL leader Julius Malema declared at the weekend — page 2.

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