YCL congress 'chaos' resolved

2010-12-11 21:43
Johannesburg - The Young Communist League on Saturday said its National Congress was proceeding successfully despite disruptions by a small group of delegates.

"Delegates have been disciplined throughout the congress despite those who have tried to cause problems, national spokesperson Gugu Ndima said.

"The congress has been a success and we are on the last leg." She said nominations for the leadership election were currently taking place.

Earlier on Saturday police were called to restore order at the congress when chaos broke out between delegates, the SABC reported.

The league was split between those who supported the current national secretary Buti Manamela and those who supported his deputy Khayelihle Nkwanyan.

Constitutional changes

Those supporting Nkwanyan were complaining that the leadership had "forced" them to amend the leagues constitution to allow Manamela to be re-elected.

Reports said delegates started throwing water bottles at their counterparts during a closed session at the congress.

The media were asked to leave the venue as the situation worsened. Ndima told the SABC that it was an "unfortunate incident" but it was being sorted.

Delegates who were opposed to the constitutional changes had said that they would continue to disrupt the congress. Ndima said that there had not been further disruptions.

The YCL was holding its 3rd National Congress at the University of the North West in Mafikeng over the weekend.

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