ANCYL to elect its top five today

2011-06-17 07:32

The ANC Youth League’s top five leaders will be elected in a closed session after lunch today at its 24th congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The most important contest is between Julius Malema who is seeking a second term as president and his challenger, Lebogang Maile, the league’s Gauteng chairman.

The governing party’s youth wing began its five-day congress at the Gallagher Convention Centre yesterday.

By yesterday, Malema’s support was vivid, with delegates singing songs calling for him to be elected for a second term.

The chanting and singing reached such intensity that Malema was forced to call for order.

Maile is heading into today’s election having failed to get a single province to endorse his candidacy.

Malema on the other hand was endorsed by all the nine provinces.

Maile’s only chance to contest Malema’s position would be if he were nominated from the floor.

This would require the backing of 30% of delegates.

Maile, who officially welcomed delegates in his capacity as the league chairman in Gauteng, received a few boos when he started delivering his speech.

Besides Malema’s position, the general secretary’s position was also expected to be highly contested.

KwaZulu-Natal youth league deputy chairman Sindiso Magaqa, and Eastern Cape youth league chairman Ayanda Matiti, were both vying to replace the outgoing Vuyiswa Tulelo.

Magaqa had the support of eight of the nine provinces.

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