ANCYL conference to go ahead

2010-05-21 16:06

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Eastern Cape is to have another

go at a provincial conference next weekend after its first attempt was thwarted

by unruly behaviour, registration problems and a bomb threat.

ANCYL secretary general Vuyiswa Tulelo said the league’s national

leadership had decided to reconvene the conference.

She said she would lead a national delegation, which would handle

all accreditation and credential matters.

The province’s first attempt at a conference ground to a halt last

weekend after delegates failed to agree on credentials.

This resulted in the conference being adjourned and regional

leadership reporting to its national leaders on what went wrong.

The Eastern Cape conference, held in East London, was not the first

league gathering marred by chaos.

The Limpopo elective conference turned violent, with police using

water canons on delegates and a faction denouncing the outcome.

Tulelo said the league’s national leaders were concerned about the

tumultuous conferences held by some provinces but had “narrowed down” the


“It’s mostly in the registration process but hopefully by the time

the Eastern Cape conference is through, we will have solved the difficulties,”

she said.

Ghost participants

In East London, delegates at the aborted conference complained

about “ghost” participants.

Tulelo said the national leadership would be stern in ensuring that

only legitimate delegates participated the second time around.

“We have already dealt with that in the meeting with the regional

leaders, the only delegates there will be legitimate, there will be no

entertainment of replacements,” she said.

Outgoing provincial secretary Ayanda Matiti said he was confident

that the conference would run smoothly the second time around.

Matiti said: “There were no major changes in relation to the

credentials, we just have to make sure that the venue is secure and people

hanging around outside cannot get in.”

Matiti, aligned to ANCYL president Julius Malema, is in the running

to lead the province.

He is up against Mawanda Ndakisa, who backs Malema’s deputy, Andile

Lungisa, for the position of chairman.

The vote could affect the ANCYL’s national conference in 2011, when

Malema and Lungisa will reportedly battle for the league presidency.

Ndakisa said he was more at ease with the process this time around

as a “thorough cleansing” of the provincial membership audit report was done

when the regional leaders were summoned to Luthuli House.

At the first conference, Ndakisa said, there were concerns about

inflated numbers in the audit report: “We were not quite sure of the audit

report, there were lots of complaints. We suspected that the mismatch happened

when the audit report arrived in the province.”

He charged that Matiti had been in charge of administration at the

same time that he was contesting the position of chairman.

Ndakisa said: “Unfortunately, he has an administration function. He

should have handed the process over.”

The venue for the conference has not yet been determined.

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