ANCYL NGC gets underway
Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League's national general council (NGC) started shortly before 18:00 at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Wednesday evening.
After a delay of almost six hours caused by registration problems, ANCYL deputy president Andile Lungisa took to the podium and attempted to silence delegates singing in support of Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.
They wanted him to replace ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the ruling party's 2012 elective conference.
Lungisa urged delegates to sing "revolutionary songs" instead.
"The NGC must be able to sing revolutionary songs, if a song is not (a) revolutionary, please don't sing it. Its not about personalities," Lungisa told delegates.
He urged them to emulate KwaZulu-Natal delegates who sang about deceased Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Solomon Mahlangu.
They also sang about the nationalisation of the mines - a policy the league wants the ANC to adopt at the mother body's NGC next month.
Lungisa's supporters were hoping to see him challenge ANCYL president Julius Malema at the youth league's own elective gathering next year.
He has however publicly denied having presidential ambitions.