ANC has 'keen interest' in ANCYL leadership

2015-09-04 11:33
NTT member Malusi Gigaba speaks to the media ahead of the ANCYL congress. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

NTT member Malusi Gigaba speaks to the media ahead of the ANCYL congress. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - The election of a new African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader was directly linked to the mother body, national task team member Malusi Gigaba said on Friday.

"People must draw from their own consciousness to decide whether they are standing or not, whether the conditions permitted, whether they meet the criteria and whether it's in the best interest of the ANCYL," he told reporters before the start of the 25th national congress in Midrand.

"The election of the president and leadership collective of the ANCYL is not a matter of the youth or the ANCYL alone. It's also of keen interest to the ANC," he said.

There have been allegations senior ANC leaders, known as the "premier league", were trying to impose ANCYL North West chairperson Collen Maine as president on the organisation.

Maine has been nominated by the majority of the ANCYL provincial general councils.

Other presidential hopefuls were former league treasurer Pule Mabe, former deputy president Ronald Lamola and Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela.

There has been a debate over the age of the ANCYL president.

Mabe, the oldest of the presidential hopefuls, is 35. Gigaba said the constitution of the ANCYL stated if a member was 35-years-old, they could not stand for president because their membership lapsed.

"But, that's not the most important thing to us. Ultimately it doesn't belong to us. It belongs to the branches of the ANCYL - they will make a decision about who they think should lead them.

"We do expect they will make a rational decision which takes into consideration the long term future of the ANC," Gigaba said.

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