KZN ANCYL elective congress 'to go smoothly'

2015-06-06 10:01


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Durban - More than 1 000 delegates are expected to choose new leadership at a two-day KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League elective congress in Port Shepstone on Saturday.

Some of the delegates arrived at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre on the South Coast for registration on Friday night.

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

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

The ANCYL will be holding its national elective conference later this month.

KZN ANC spokesperson Sicelo Khuzwayo earlier told News24 that the provincial conference was expected to be characterised by robust engagements aimed at strengthening the youth wing of the party.

Nomination process

“The conference will start at 13:00 today [Saturday], they will gather at the plenary hall and there will be an opening address which will officially mark the beginning of the conference. The nomination processes will take place and the voting will begin.

“Nominations will come from the floor and once the voting has been done the new leadership will be announced,” said Khuzwayo.

Provincial secretary of the ANC Sihle Zikalala said he was excited that the ANCYL was finally holding its congress.

“Remember the youth league hasn’t had a congress since it was disbanded so this is good,” said Zikalala.

He said 1400 delegates would be attending.

Nathi Mthethwa will be facilitating the congress. He will deliver an opening address together with provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu. We are expecting everything to go smoothly,” said Zikalala.

A party insider who asked not to be named said there were two factions.

“The one wants Thami Ngubane to be the provincial chair and they want Thanduxolo Sabela from the eThekwini region to be his secretary.


“The other faction wants Sipho Hlamuka from Ukhahlamba region for provincial chair and Thami Shezi as the secretary.”

Another source said Thami Hlomuka was likely to win the contestation.

“There is overwhelming support for Thami Ngubane. Sipho Hlomuka’s faction hasn’t received a nomination from all the 103 branches,” he said.

There is speculation that Hlomuka’s faction may attempt to disrupt the congress, said the source.

“They didn’t get the numbers so they are very unhappy. About a month ago before the congress date was announced they challenged processes saying that processes were not followed but they were advised to take their grievances to their respective branches.

“They were supposed to raise their grievances with the branches, then the region and then province but they went straight to province and that is why they were told that they did not follow proper channels.

“When they eventually took their grievances to their branches they found that they were baseless,” said the source from Ward 13.

He said the top five was expected to be announced by 22:00 on Saturday.

“The conference will go smoothly because there is a general consensus that Thami is going to lead the youth league as the provincial chairperson,” he said.  

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