Delays at KZN ANCYL elective congress

2015-06-06 17:50
ANCYL members march to the Mail & Guardian's offices. (EWN, Twitter)

ANCYL members march to the Mail & Guardian's offices. (EWN, Twitter)

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Port Shepstone - Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane's supporters were the first to arrive at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Port Shepstone on Saturday afternoon where new KZN ANC Youth League leadership is expected to be chosen.

Delegates sang, "Viva Thami, Viva!" as they walked toward the entrance of the large marquee.

More than 1 000 delegates are expected to attend the KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League Congress which is currently underway in the South Coast.

ANC Provincial Secretary Sihle Zikalala told News24 on Friday that the conference would start at 13:00 after the registration process. But by 16:00 on Saturday there were about 50 delegates milling around the venue.

Registration doors opened at 08:00 on Saturday morning and delegates made their way to Port Shepstone Civic Centre to register for the two day congress.

'No delays'

The conference had previously been postponed several times to allow a national task team to try and rebuild its structures after the ANCYL was disbanded in 2013.

KwaZulu-Natal was the only outstanding province to convene its congress.

The ANCYL is expected to hold its national elective conference later this month.

KZN ANC Spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo said there were no delays.

"We expected the congress to start at the time we are going to start. The registration process just took long because there are a lot of delegates. The process started early this morning," said Khuzwayo.

Delegates who asked not to be named said registration went smoothly.

They said: "When you are called for registration, if there are 50 of you in the region then all 50 of you must come forward to register. You come with your region and then you leave with your region.

"When you get to the front you present your ID and they verify your details and you sign and collect your conference pack."

Siphelele Mlambo, 22, from Emalahleni region said: "Registration took long because there are just too many of us. Remember eThekwini is the biggest region, I think that region alone had 400 delegates to register."

Mlambo said he was "super excited to choose new leadership".

Delegates are expected to be addressed by Nathi Mthethwa and the provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu in an opening address. That will be followed by processes including the nomination processes and then delegates are expected to vote.

Sources told News24 that there were two factions one that supported Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane and the other backing Ukhahlamba region's Sipho Hlomuka.

The new leadership is expected to be announced on Sunday.

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