KZN ANCYL prepares for national congress

2015-06-12 13:00
Thami Ngubane (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Thami Ngubane (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Durban - The ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal is making preparations for its national congress to be held at the end of the month, at which it will elect a new president.

Around 3 000 members are expected to attend the event between June 25 and June 28. KwaZulu-Natal would be the last of the nine provinces to convene its congress. It met last weekend to elect its new provincial leadership.

Umvoti mayor Thami Ngubane was elected provincial chairperson.

The African National Congress disbanded the ANCYL's executive in 2013 and placed a national task team in place to rebuild its structures. A conference to elect new leadership was meant to take place last year.

At the last minute however, the national task team announced it would be a consultative conference, upsetting some of its members.

No candidate

Addressing reporters at the ANC's offices in Durban on Thursday, newly-elected ANCYL provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabela said the league did not nominate a candidate at its provincial congress.

“We have instructed all regions to go and run branch general meetings of those branches that had failed the audit for the provincial conference, to prepare them for a national conference.

“Then there will be regional general councils in other regions. It will be regional conferences that will make a nomination for a candidate for the national conference.

“And then finally, we will have a provincial general council where we will consolidate our views and have one position as KwaZulu-Natal,” said Sabela.

He said KwaZulu-Natal would have the biggest delegation at the ANCYL's national congress.

“When we decide and when we discuss the matter, whomever we nominate to be the president or secretary general of the youth league, we believe that person will be able to influence the entire country to ensure that our preferred candidate becomes the president. We will be the most influential province in the ANCYL at the congress.”

Sabela said the matter would be discussed at a provincial executive committee meeting scheduled to begin on Friday and end on Sunday.

‘Beauty contest’

ANCYL provincial chair Thami Ngubane said the national congress would not be "a beauty contest”.

“We are not going to a beauty contest where we will just say, you become the president and you become the treasurer.

“The first task that the PEC will do is to first define the agenda of the youth league, both in the ANC and in society.

“Only after that has been done, will we attach names that will fit in that agenda. I want to believe that we will be guided by the traditions of the ANCYL and the ANC of drawing leaders from the lower structures.

“We will cross the bridge of the national congress when we get to it,” said Ngubane.

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