Motlanthe will be president - Lamola

2012-07-30 22:36
Ronald Lamola (File, Sapa)

Ronald Lamola (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will be ANC president, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said in Johannesburg on Monday.

"It is given comrades that the current deputy president of the ANC, comrade Kgalema, will one day become the president of the ANC," Lamola said.

"It will be a generational error if he does not become the president. We will be rewriting the history of the African National Congress."

Lamola was addressing the ANC Youth League's Dr Mxolisi Majombozi branch at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He was reporting back on the league's policy conference held in June, the league's role, and reflecting on former president Nelson Mandela's contribution to the struggle.

He said it was tradition in the mother body for the ANC's deputy president to take over from the president.

"What we are going to do when this debate is opened towards Mangaung, we are going to debate when he must become the president," Lamola said to a cheering crowd.

He was referring to the ANC's elective conference, to be held in Mangaung in December.

"That he will be president is given."

Before Lamola spoke, attendees chanted "let Kgalema rule".

Earlier, he said the youth should be a critical body of opinion in the ANC.

"Young people in the ANC have never seen their role as cheerleaders or a group of praise worshippers for the leadership of the ANC," Lamola said.

"They are not a group of drum majorettes that will only be happy and clap hands for the leadership. But they must provide strategic views and directions and political ideological clarity in terms of how the organisation must move forward."

Lamola said in the past African National Congress Youth League leaders saw their roles as a critical body of opinion to help determine the direction of the party.

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