Malema booed by delegates

2010-08-22 17:49

Port Elizabeth - The ANC Youth League in the Eastern Cape has elected Ayanda Matiti as its new chair in the province, the SABC reported.

Matiti beat Mawande Dakisa by 439 votes.

Mzukisi Ndabeni was elected as the new provincial secretary, while Thandolwethu Manda has been elected deputy chair with Nobeko Mazwi taking the position of treasurer.

The media was reportedly locked out of the conference after ANCYL president Julius Malema was booed by delegates on his arrival.

Sunday Times reported that delegates began booing the chauffeur-driven Malema when he arrived at the Grahamstown Indoor Sports Centre in a grey Mercedes.

"We don't want you, Malema. You are divisive. Go away," the paper quoted a delegate, Zola Capucapu from the East London branch saying.

The crowd apparently ululated and cheered when Malema's deputy, Andile Lungisa, arrived soon afterwards. Malema remained in his car while the crowd sang Lungisa's praises, the paper reported.

The Eastern Cape congress has been postponed on a number of occasions, due to heavy political infighting between Malema and Lungisa supporters in the league in the province. A court order prevented the congress from going ahead in July.